How Do Sod Farms Replace The Dirt Removed When Harvesting Turfgrass Sod?
Call us at 281-431-7441. In this video, Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine answers a common question about sod farming. “How do sod farms replace the dirt that’s removed when the sod is harvested”? Michael is well-qualified to answer the question because he grew up in the sod grass business, working on the family sod farm in Bay City, TX. In fact, that’s where the sod grass we sell comes from, and that’s why we’re so sure of the quality of everything we sell.
This is a summary of Michael Romine’s video.
The number one question that I’ve been asked when growing up, when I told everyone my dad was in the grass business, is that everybody is curious. They’ve seen grass farms. They know that when we go out there, we cut a 16- inch wide piece of grass, then we leave a three-inch, we call them ribbon, and the grass grows back from that.
But we do take a little dirt every time that we do that, so you would think after some of the fields that we have, you would think that there would be a lake in those areas. There is not. The explanation that I have been given is that most of what we take when we cut the grass is thatch. So a year’s worth of grass clippings turns into a lot of organic material underneath there, and so when we cut the grass, a lot of that is organic material.
If you went and looked at some of these fields that are thirty years old, you cannot tell that there’s thirty years of dirt missing out there. It’s hard to explain but that is the way it’s been explained to me.
Try asking this question of the person selling sod at your local big box store. If they don’t know the answer, then they probably don’t have the knowledge to advise you on your next turfgrass sod project. We’re happy to help you pick the best variety of sod for your project, and we’ll deliver your quality sod harvested from our family farm. Please call us at 281-431-7441 or send us an email through our contact form today!