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Turf Tips

Traditionally, Kentucky bluegrass has been the top performer in most all aspects. Perennial ryegrass and new generation dwarf fescues (of the tall fescue family) make up the other cool season grasses that do well in our area. These grasses can be grown alone but are usually found in blends or mixes.

We have experimented with buffalo grass and some newer, so called “low water use” varieties, but we have not found a product we can stand behind and guarantee for our customers. We keep trying anything new, though, so we are always on the cutting edge.

Typically, perennial ryegrass is finer textured than Kentucky bluegrass, greens up about a month sooner in the spring, but doesn’t like temperatures above 85 degrees very much. Dwarf fescues are a heavier-bodied grass that is very deep rooting, thus giving it better drought tolerance than the other cool season grasses. It has better traffic durability than the other cool season grasses. In our Blue/Fescue mix we use special varieties of Kentucky bluegrass that assist with the mending but will not take over the fescue plants.

Spring and fall are ideal times to plant sod. The grasses we grow here are cool season grasses, so when the temperatures are cooler and colder it’s not as stressful on the grass. When we cut it out of the ground, it does not require a lot of water to get established and there is no heat stress involved. In fact, in the fall the top of the grass goes dormant but the root system is always alive. It grows the most and the quickest in the cooler colder months and it’s well established before the heat of the summer. Spring and fall planting requires about 70% less water to get it established.

Our standard rolls are 10 square feet each. They measure 5 feet long and 2 feet wide. Each roll weighs about 50 pounds.

Western Turf and Hardscapes operates a large fleet of trucks. Our sod farm is local, making it easy for us to deliver Monday through Saturday, both mornings and afternoons! Each order is harvested fresh the afternoon before your morning delivery and your afternoon deliveries are cut and shipped straight to your home. Two days notice guarantees your morning delivery; afternoon deliveries can be called in the same day. Call us in the morning and we’ll deliver that afternoon (if we have room in the schedule)! We stock our yard on Tacchino St. with fresh sod twice a day, so call and let us know how many square feet you need and we’ll hold it for you.

The term soil amendment refers to any material mixed into a soil and is the most important thing you can do to grow a healthy lawn. We recommend using either humus or our Triple Mix. With humus, rototill to a depth of 6 to 8 inches for 3 to 5 cubic yards per 1,000 sq ft of sod you’re planting. With our Triple Mix, simply lay 4 to 6 inches of compacted Triple Mix on top of your existing soil. We deliver both the humus and Triple Mix Monday through Saturday with a two-day notice, or you can pick up during our normal office hours. For more information on soil, check our Education page.

    • All Seasonal Fertilizers
    • Sod quality seed
    • Humus / Double Mix
    • 2.5 cubic foot bags of topper
    • Sod Knives


Pavers can be put into service immediately after the installer has finished vibrating and interlocking them together. This means no 3 day wait to enjoy laying out the patio furniture or driving into your garage.

Pavers are easy to maintain. If you can handle a broom and a hose, then you’re overqualified.

Forget to add a sprinkler line, yard design change or need to repair a street sewer line? Just remove and reinstate the same pavers with no tell tale signs of a patch. No demolition equipment or dump fees to haul off the debris. This is especially beneficial when considering the impacts of asphalt composition.

Interlocking concrete pavers are 4x stronger than poured in place concrete and they provide a solid, yet flexible surface. Unlike asphalt, pavers are virtually maintenance free and do not need regular sealing or replacement.

With proper installation, concrete pavers will outlast poured in place concrete and asphalt.

The options for design are limited to your imagination. We have over 30 color options with several different styles. Whether you like a modern, contemporary, or rustic design, we have the product to complete your vision.

Yes, this is an acceptable method. Please note the main issue with an overlay installation is standard pavers are 60mm (2 3/8  inches). This may cause an issue with the door threshold. Many manufacturers do produce pavers in a 45mm (1 3/4 inches) for this type of installation.

ICPI stands for “International Concrete Paver Institute”. This is an organization that maintains industry standards across the nation.

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