New Lawn Guide

Frequently Asked Questions From Customers About New Lawns

BC Instant Lawns & Landscapes

What does the price of turf cost per square foot?

If you are looking to have your old lawn removed and re-sodded we normally charge based on square footage anywhere between $2.00-$4.00 per square foot. Small areas will be closer to $4.00 whereas larger areas will be close to $2.00 per square foot. We offer service within a week and instant estimates for your new lawn project. please click here to contact us.

You can get a price quote for just purchasing the turf from BC Instant Lawns by clicking here. We can provide you with the cost of turf per square foot delivered to your door.

Where do I buy sod in Vancouver?

You may purchase sod directly from BC Instant Lawns in Vancouver, we also sell many other new lawn related products in our lawn sod store.

How much soil does a new lawn require?

The ideal lawn should be constructed with at least 3” of a well draining topsoil. The soil itself should contain at least 70% sand and the sub grade should be self draining. Soils that contain high volumes of wood chips and organic matter should be avoided. Soils that contain paper recycling waste and have a strong odor should be avoided as well. In most cases topsoil today is manufactured from compost, be sure to ask your supplier the contents of the soil and ensure the composting process is complete. A soil analysis
with a neutral ph balance should be requested from your supplier. You may also use our new lawn soil calculator to determine how much soil you need based on your square footage. Top Soil Calculator

How much does a good quality turf blend or garden blend soil cost delivered in Vancouver?

BC Instant Lawns offers on-line pricing for turf blend and garden blend soil. You may also place an order for delivery anywhere in the Vancouver area, Whistler and Squamish and the Okanagan. Top Soil Pricing

What type of Sod does my property need?

All turf varieties offered from BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes are recommended seed types for the moderate climate of the British Columbia, Lower Mainland. Selecting a variety of grass should consider the following: Hours of sunlight your property is exposed to all year round, wear and tear from usage and how much maintenance you are willing to give your new lawn. For lawns the receive less than 70% sunlight, a shade sod would be best suited for your property. For heavy duty play and animals, the bluegrass sod would be the best choice. For low maintenance the shade turf would be ideal but only after the new lawn has established itself. It is not recommended to mix varieties of turf on a property.

When is a good time to plant a new lawn?

Planting a new lawn may be done in any season. Turfgrass is available year round from the sod farm except when the ground is frozen. The ideal time to plant a new lawn is during growing seasons although many lawns are planted throughout the year. If your lawn is planted during the winter the roots will begin to take as soon as the temperature rises. Frost will not hurt the new lawn.

What is the wait time until BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes can install my new lawn or landscape?

in most cases BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes can start installation of your new lawn or landscape within 1 week.

What is un-netted turf?

Most new lawns contain a plastic netting that is non-biodegradable. The netting is used when planting a field , the roots of the turfgrass adhere to the netting allowing the turfgrass to be harvested with ease. Many homeowners may not be aware of the netting until a bare patch has developed in the lawn. Un-netted turfgrass does not contain a plastic netting. Many homeowners now request un-netted turfgrass due to the problems that may occur in the future with the plastic meshing.

Is there a low maintenance turf that requires less water?

Yes! But only after your new lawn has established. The shade type turfgrass is deep rooting and will require less watering in the future once the root system has firmly established itself. Shade turf thrives well in the shade compared to the other grasses and will also do well in full sunlight areas. Deep rooting will take at least one year of growth.

How long does a new lawn project take?

Most new lawns can be completed in 2-3 days.

How long does it take to get an on site lawn or landscape estimate?

BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes can give you an on site estimate within 24 hrs.

Can I lay a new lawn over an existing lawn or partial existing lawn area?

It is not recommended to lay new sod over an existing lawn area. New lawns should be prepared with a proper soil base so the roots of the sod will be able to penetrate through. You may have short term success with laying new sod over an existing lawn or on poor soil but in the long run problems may occur. New lawns should be planted on a minimum of 3" of a sandy soil.

What about watering restrictions in my area and watering my new lawn?

In most municipalities and regions watering restriction exemptions are made for new lawns by purchasing a watering permit. During periods of severe weather a complete watering ban may be in place and lawns are installed after the the ban is lifted.

How thick is sod?

Sod thickness is about 1/2" to 3/4" thick. When preparing the soil near the sidewalk or driveway the soil should be raked out 1/2" below the height of the border.

How Long can turf / sod be rolled up for?

Sod may be rolled up during cool weather for upto 3 days. During hot weather a maximum of 24 hours or less depending on the temperature. Sod will begin to yellow when rolled up to long, the sod will recover if laid when yellow by applying water and an application of fertilizer. If the sod has become slimy and a black color, the sod is likely not going to recover.

When Removing an old lawn, how much do you take out?

On a typical lawn removal a depth of 2-3" should be removed. This will allow for 3" of new topsoil to be installed. For areas where the height may be raised by a couple inches you may be able to remove the top 1" of green material. The primary purpose of removing the old lawn is to allow the roots of the new lawn to penetrate below. The root system of the new lawn may grow to a depth of 6-8" over time if allowed to.

When removing an old lawn what type of equipment do you use?

On a standard lawn removal a sod cutter is used. For larger projects a bobcat machine may be used to remove your lawn area.

Can I use round up or chemicals to kill to old lawn and install soil over top?

Using the chemical method to kill your old lawn is not recommended by BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes. Chemicals may persist in the sub soil and leach thus ceasing growth of your newly installed lawn. Many contractors may suggest this method in an attempt to reduce disposal and removal costs. The preffered method is to remove the old lawn completely.

How Long until I can walk or play on my new lawn?

Your new lawn may be walked on gently immediately after installation and you may play on your new lawn normally within 10-14 days after planting in growing seasons.

When should I first mow my new lawn?

Your first mowing will be within 10-14 days after planting during growing seasons. Remember, when mowing your lawn be sure to never take more than 1/3 of the height off every couple days.

When Should I Consider a Lawn Drainage Sytem?

Lawn drainage systems should be installed after your old lawn has been removed and before top soil or sod is installed. Installing a lawn drainage system will ensure your new lawn is free from puddles and standing water which can be seriously harmful to your new lawn. Land grading is very important to ensure water runoff from your property, but sometimes water will sit in corners of the property and a lawn drainage system may be required.

If I have a Lawn Pest Infestation, will a new lawn solve the problem?

If you have a pest in your existing lawn and you are thinking about installing a new lawn you should remove a minimum of 6-8" of soil from the entire area. Pests can still come back into your lawn area after a new lawn is installed if they are not completely removed during excavation. To ensure a complete removal of the pests, deeper excavation and a chemical spray may be required. By simply removing 2-3" of soil and re-sodding will not remove the pest from the lawn area and problems will occur in the future.

When and How Often Should I Fertilize My New Lawn?

When installing a new lawn an application of a sod starter fertilizer is applied at a rate of 2 lbs. per 1000 square feet. This sod starter fertilizer will feed your new lawn for the next 30-45 days. Another application of fertilizer should be applied after 30-40 days at the same rate. Also see About Your New Lawn. You can purchase new lawn fertilizer from here

Where can I buy 20-20-20 fertlilizer in Vancouver?

You may purchase 20-20-20 type fetlilizer from BC Instant Lawns in our Lawn Sod Store.

How Much Water Does a New Lawn Require?

A new lawn will require a single deep watering to moisten the soil and the ground below to a depth of 4-6". After the ground has been moistened you must keep the top layer moist for 7-10 day. Once the roots have begun to establish, you may back off your watering frequency but increase the time spent per watering. See About Your New Lawn. When planting sod in the spring or fall, watering is less of a concern than in the hot summer months.

Im in a shadded area, what can I do to improve the growth from my new lawn?

For shadded lawn areas it is important to remember that the lawn will require extra care. Follow these items and your lawn will see improved growth:

Plant a Shade Variety Sod.
Always keep debris off the lawn especially in the fall and winter months.
Do not water as much. Shadded lawn areas do not require as much water as full sun areas
Increase fertilization frequency but use less per use.
Trim back trees and bushes to increase sunlight.
Overseed on an annual basis..
Never mow extremely short.

I've had 3 new lawn estimates and the prices vary significantly. Why?

Contractor pricing for new lawns will vary significantly. The main reasons for this are:

1. Soil Quality.

The soil supplied for your new lawn must be of good quality. Unfortunatley there is no regulation in the market to control what materials are used in production of soil and thus poor quality soil is available at discounted prices. At BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes we will quote your new lawn using only a premium grade quality natural soil.

2. Sod / Turf Quality.

The sod supplied for your new lawn comes from Fraser Valley Turf Farms, located in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The fields are composed of alluvial sand, meaning natural sand. During production of the sod, no additional materials such as recycled paper waste, wood chips, septic waste are added. Your new sod is weed free and grown on a natural base. All sod is harvested the evening before delivery and guaranteed to be of good quality.

3. The quantity of old lawn being removed.

When removing an old lawn BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes will remove upto 3" of material. Our written estimates will state how much is to be removed and the quantity of disposal bins required for your project.

4. The quantity of soil being installed.

The soil quantity required for your new lawn should be a minimum of 3". Our written estimate will state how many cubic yards of soil will be installed for your project.

Will BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes do small jobs?

Yes, we will take on any project.