Products Help & FAQs

General Issues

  • Super-Sod is a subsidiary of Patten Seed.

  • It depends on many factors including conditions, time of year, etc. If you need an immediate solution due to aesthetics or erosion control then sod is a better solution. Depending on the grass you have selected, sod may be the only solution. Seed, if available for the grass variety you have chosen, is always less expensive (exclusive of site preparation costs), but it takes more time to grow a mature, established lawn.
  • Contact us at JobOpportunities@pattenseed.com
  • You may contact the Super-Sod stores and farms using the listings on the Store Locator page.

Pricing, Delivery, and Estimating

  • All Super-Sod Stores sell Patten Seed grass seed products based on availability. In addition there are numerous local retail stores marketing Patten Seed products (some under other labels). To find a retail store nearest you please call Patten Seed at 1-800-634-1672. Patten Seed Company Zenith® Zoysia Seed and TifBlair® Certified Centipede Seed are now available for purchase online via our online Grass Seed Store.

  • At all Super-Sod Stores or any of over 3000 other retail stores in the U.S. To find a retail store nearest you please call Patten Seed at 1-800-634-1672. Patten Seed Company Zenith® Zoysia Seed and TifBlair® Certified Centipede Seed are now available for purchase online via our online store.

  • You may contact your local Super-Sod Store or, better yet, simply fill out our Request for Free Quote online and we'll get back with you within 24 hours.

  • We'll deliver your pallets of sod even when you're not home. Show us where to deliver your sod in one of these ways:

    • Cross tools to make an X where you want your pallets placed
    • Draw an X on your driveway in sidewalk chalk
    • Let your kids get creative with a sidewalk chalk sign

    *Don't worry, we'll remove the tools before placing the pallets.

  • Lay sod the same day you receive it. It's very important to practice smart post-harvest care and store your pallets of sod in the shade, keep them moist, and lay them the same day you receive them. Prepare wisely the day before your sod is delivered so that you know where to have it unloaded (under shade) and near a garden hose. Have a plan of action for laying all the sod the same day. Why shade is important: Damaging heat (up to 180 degrees) will build up in the center of the pallet of sod and literally cook it if left in full sun. Take care of your investment by keeping it in the shade until you use it - even though you're going to lay it the same day!
  • Use our Yard Area Calculator to calculate the dimensions of your yard area(s) to be sodded.

Seed

  • Patten Seed only markets seed we produce - Zenith® Zoysia, TifBlair® Certified Centipede, and Elite Tall Fescue seed.

  • Our Turfgrass Selector is a program that helps you choose a grass that fits your application. The Turfgrass Performance Ratings in The Encyclopedia of Lawn Grasses by W.A. Roquemore provides even more information to compare grass characteristics.

  • Any Patten Seed Company seed products can be hydroseeded. However, we don't recommend hydroseeding Zenith Zoysia. It can be done, but only at extremely low mulch rates. Zenith Zoysia requires light to germinate and if it's covered with a heavy layer of soil or mulch it will not germinate.
  • See our establishment instructions for methods and equipment to sow Zenith® Zoysia seed or TifBlair® Certified Centipede seed.

  • Yes - but follow instructions on the packaging.
  • Meyer may be overseeded.
  • Yes. Refer to the seed instructions for establishing an existing lawns for Zenith® Zoysia or TifBlair® Certified Centipede seed.

  • This is not recommended because of competition from the other seed will slow centipede establishment and cover.
  • Yes, with proper preparation and by following instructions for Zenith® Zoysia or TifBlair® Certified Centipede seed.
  • No - Zenith is a true hybrid zoysia.
  • Samples are provided to turf research institutions and others on an as needed basis.
  • TifBlair® Certified Centipede Seed and Zenith® Zoysia are provided in the bag with the appropriate name - no guarantee is made as to establishment and/or performance because each site and manager differs.

Selecting the Right Grass

  • Our Turfgrass Selector is a program that helps you choose a grass that fits your application. The Turfgrass Performance Ratings in The Encyclopedia of Lawn Grasses by W.A. Roquemore provides even more information to compare grass characteristics. We have sod demonstration gardens displaying each of our grasses at every Super-Sod Store.

  • Refer to the seed instructions for establishing new and existing lawns for Zenith® Zoysia or TifBlair® Certified Centipede seed. For sod installations please discuss this with your installer or refer to The Encyclopedia of Lawn Grasses by W.A. Roquemore sections on Establishing a New Lawn, Converting Old Lawns and Maintaining Established Lawns.

  • Generally Zoysia, Fescue and St. Augustine are best, but see the Turfgrass Comparison Chart and the Turfgrass Performance Chart for specifics.
  • Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede and St. Augustine are best in sun, but see the Turfgrass Comparison Chart and the Turfgrass Performance Chart for specifics.
  • If shade is too heavy no turf will grow. Most of the Patten Seed and Super-Sod selections on this site will perform reasonably well in both sun and light shade. Please refer to the Turfgrass Comparison Chart.
  • The Turfgrass Comparison Chart will show you.
  • Zoysia, Bermuda and Centipede survive best given adequate and proper maintenance.
  • Yes.
  • All warm season grasses in areas where winters are cold - Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede.

Sod

  • Our sod grass varieties are listed on the Super-Sod® Sod Grass Overview page.

  • Your location will determine the answer to this question see The Encyclopedia of Lawn Grasses sections on new and established lawns.

  • Yes! See the Installing Dormant Sod page for details. Species that may be installed when dormant include Zoysia, Bermuda, and Centipede.

  • Rolls are best because they have fewer seams between rolls and ease of handling. See comparison below:

    Roll Slabs:

    • Less Labor
    • Fewer Pieces
    • Fewer Trips to the Pallet
    • Fewer Seams Faster to Install
    • Always Mature Sod

    Square Slabs

    • More Labor
    • More Pieces
    • More Trips to the Pallet
    • More Seams
    • Slowest to Install
    • May Be Weaker Sod
  • Our Super-Sod dealers should be able to provide you with a list of qualified installers. You can find the nearest Super-Sod dealer on the Locations page.

  • Sod is guaranteed to be in sound, live condition upon delivery to the customer or carrier. We warrant that certified turfgrasses were grown under the supervision and auspices of the Georgia Crop Improvement Association; therefore we make no additional warranty as to varietal purity. We do not guarantee suitability, survival or performance, and make no other further warranties, express or implied.

Stores, Farms, and Distribution in the United States

  • You can find them all listed on our Locations page.

  • Visit our online store, stop by your local Super-Sod store, or contact Patten Seed at 800.634.1672.

  • Commercial nurseries may contact our offices at 800-634-1672.

International Distribution

  • Patten Seed has an exporting division to answer these questions: 1 229 482-3131 or 1 800 634-1672.
  • Commercial nurseries may contact our offices at 1 229 482-3131 or 1 800 634-1672.

Husqvarna Automower

  • We offer Automower® demonstrations at all Super-Sod stores. Just come by during our regular business hours to see a live demonstration and have your questions answered. Can’t wait? You can also see videos on Husqvarna’s YouTube channel and see real-world examples of customer’s lawns by searching the #AutomowerFirst tag on Instagram.

  • Yes, we offer in-house installation services. Because of the complexity of installing a system, we strongly recommend our installation.

  • The price of installation varies according to the property size and complexity of landscape. Materials are included in the price of installation. Please call 888-360-1125 to schedule an estimate.

  • We will take care of any problems that arise with Super-Sod installation at no cost to you. We test every installation before completing the project to ensure your Automower works correctly.

  • You may install your own system. However, DIY customers must purchase an Installation Kit or source your own materials.

  • Super-Sod stores with robotic lawn mowers carry Automower 430X bundled with the Connect Module. Automower 450X is available at select locations.

  • You can purchase 430X without the Connect Module. However, the cost to install the Connect Module after initial purchase will be approximately $100 more than purchasing it pre-installed.

  • Yes, we have Automower repair experts at each store. If your Automower needs repair or maintenance, please call ahead to make an appointment to ensure our expert is available.

  • You never sharpen the blades. Automower uses a unique pivoting blade that should be replaced every 30 to 90 days. Blade replacement rate depends on grass growth and the size of your lawn.

  • Husqvarna’s Crown Commitment program allows you to use the mower for a full 60 days risk free! If you are not satisfied, bring Automower back to the Super-Sod outlet from which you purchased it for a full refund. Refund does not apply to installation fees.

  • If possible, we do bury the boundary cables. We use a machine specially designed for burying robotic lawn mower cables.

  • We don't offer financing ourselves, but we're set up with a third party. Click here to get pre-approved.

  • Yes, we recommend regular maintenance including blade replacement and cleaning. Annual maintenance includes winter storage and cleaning.

Installation & Maintenance Help & FAQs

Seedbed Preparation and Planting

  • Seed will germinate in ideal conditions in 14 to 28 days.
  • Either will suffice if soil preparation is adequate. Refer to the instructions that came with your seed package or the information on this web site for TifBlair® Certified Centipede Seed or Zenith® Zoysia.

  • Depends on the unit, but usually the lowest setting due to the small size of the seed. We recommend you contact the manufacturer of the spreader and they'll give a setting for Zoysia seed.
  • Depends on the unit, but usually the lowest setting due to the small size of the seed. We recommend you contact the manufacturer of the spreader and they'll give a setting for Centipede seed.
  • Not necessary.
  • For warm-season grasses (Zenith Zoysia and TifBlair Centipede), the best time is after the last frost in the spring. Continue seeding through summer up until 60 days before first frost is expected. For cool-season grasses (Elite Tall Fescue), the best time is September through October.
  • For warm-season grasses (Zenith Zoysia and TifBlair Centipede), the best time is after the last frost in the spring. Continue seeding through summer up until 60 days before first frost is expected. For cool-season grasses (Elite Tall Fescue), the best time is September through October.
  • To avoid erosion during winter months use a temporary rye grass cover.
  • Use recommended feed and weed fertilizers that list centipede as a grass to be treated with the particular product.
  • Follow instructions as listed in How to Establish a Zenith® Lawn that came in your seed package.
  • Follow instructions as listed in How to Establish a Centipede Lawn that came in your seed package.
  • This is preferred with both selections.
  • Seed should germinate within 14 to 28 days. TifBlair® Certified Centipede and Zenith Zoysia seedlings are very small to start. You may need to look closely to see them at first.
  • TifBlair® Certified Centipede Seed will usually cover an over seeded lawn within 2 growing seasons or sooner.

Installation of Sod

  • https://www.supersod.com/diy/sod-installation-details.html

  • Lay sod the same day you receive it. It's very important to practice smart post-harvest care and store your pallets of sod in the shade, keep them moist, and lay them the same day you receive them. Prepare wisely the day before your sod is delivered so that you know where to have it unloaded (under shade) and near a garden hose. Have a plan of action for laying all the sod the same day. Why shade is important: Damaging heat (up to 180 degrees) will build up in the center of the pallet of sod and literally cook it if left in full sun. Take care of your investment by keeping it in the shade until you use it - even though you're going to lay it the same day!
  • Sod harvested with the new Trebro Autostack II harvesters do not have interlocking sod rolls and so unstacking to prevent tearing is not an issue. However we still have harvesters that stack pallets with interlocking rolls, so please watch this video and learn how to unstack such a pallet to prevent rolls from tearing as you unstack your pallet.
  • Fertilizer timing and rates for each type of grass that we sell can be found in our Lawn Maintenance Guides.

Mowing

  • Seed: When mowing seeded areas, mow as soon as grass or weeds reach cutting height and keep whatever is growing mowed until turf is dominant. Look up the cutting height of your lawn in our Lawn Maintenance Guides.

    Sod: Begin mowing as soon as your sod has rooted to the extent that mowing does not displace it. It is important that mowing not be delayed too long. Cut high the first time, but gradually and deliberately lower the cut-height. For seeded and sodded lawns, never mow more than 1/3 of the leaf when mowing.

  • Mow a little taller and less frequently.
  • Spring marks the time to aerate established warm-season grasses (Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede), just before, after, or during green-up. Elite Tall Fescue (a cool-season grass) should be aerated in the fall. Aerating improves established lawns by increasing air, water, and nutrient availability in the root area of your sod. Use a core aerator and for best results spread a 1/4" to 1/2" layer of Soil3 organic compost after aerating. For further tips and a how-to video, follow this link: How to Aerate Your Lawn

  • 1. Mow your lawn regularly. Don't let your grass get so tall that it's hard to push the mower through it. If the grass gets too tall, you can end up scalping it (especially Bermuda), because the growing point gets higher along with the taller grass and when you finally come along with your mower, you're mowing that growing point clean off, scalping it. 2. Rule of thumb: never mow off more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. 3. Are your mower blades sharp? Your lawn will be prettier if you use sharp blades that make a clean cut, not a ragged edge.

Fertilizing, Water, and Weeds

  • Identify the weed in question and either mow out, spot spray or treat with an approved pesticide.
  • Keep fertility low (less than 2 pounds of Nitrogen per year per 1000 sq ft) and mow regularly.
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  • The best time to fertilize warm-season grasses is in the spring, after full green-up, and again in early summer. Avoid fertilizing warm-season lawns in the fall. The best time to fertilize Fescue (a cool-season grass) is in the spring and again in the fall. Avoid fertilizing Fescue in the summer. For detailed fertilizer charts, look up your grass type in our Lawn Maintenance Guides.
  • Mow and follow cultural instructions and weeds should become less of a problem in this tight growing grass.

Disease and Pests

  • Seek professional advice from you county extension agent or local nursery or landscape professional.
  • Contact your local nursery or county agent for local recommendations.
  • When Fall Armyworms hatch, their favorite food is grass! They particularly love dense, lush Bermuda and Fescue, but will eat other grasses too. They also particularly LOVE newly laid sod. Scout for them regularly. When you see a sign of them, treat your lawn immediately because they can do terrible damage within 24 hours. The egg sacs are not typically laid in the lawn, they're usually laid on the edge of the lawn - in the shrubs and weeds and even on buildings, signs, and walls. There is no "over the counter" preventative treatment available to homeowners for Fall Armyworms in the egg or moth stages. However, there is an insecticide available to homeowners for treating when they're in the caterpillar stage. The caterpillar stage is when they do all their damage to lawns. They're really caterpillars, not worms. Running a "Soap Flush" on your lawn will let you know if you have Fall Armyworms in the caterpillar state. A soap flush is a mixture of 3 tablespoons of liquid dish soap with 1 gallon of water. Pour the mixture into a 3' x 3' area and watch the action. The soap will agitate the caterpillars' skin and they will come to the surface - you can see them and then you will know to treat for them immediately. Here are other sources for information:

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