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How To Select The Right Sod For Your Yard

Posted by: Marc Marsh
Jul 11, 2014

Are you convinced that sod is the best solution for your yard but unsure about where to begin? Here are some important things to consider before you make your next purchase.

Installing a high-quality sod is the best solution to attaining a gorgeous lawn which requires low upkeep. Before taking that initial step, there are a few questions that you should answer when planning to have sod installed. For example, what are the climate conditions for your location, and how much shade does your yard get? Assessing these two factors will help narrow down the best sod for your yard. However, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

If you want to know how to choose the right sod for your yard, follow these guidelines:

Do you live in a transitional climate zone?

Transitional zones typically experience cold winters that can kill warm-season grasses and hot summers that can kill cool-season species. It can be somewhat of a challenge to grow turf grass in this type of climate. The southeast, a region known for its transitional seasons requires turf grasses that can handle both cold winters and humid hot summers. As for selecting a sod type that works well in this region, Zoysia grass varieties are highly recommended. They have the ability to grow during warm-wet months, and go dormant during the colder months. They are drought resistant, shade tolerant, and able to handle heavy foot traffic. If you would like to find out more about Zoysia grass, Palisades and Cavalier are both Zoysia grass varieties that Turf Connections grows and installs for residential lawns.

What type of soil do you have?

It is important to know the type and condition of soil before installing sod. Performing a soil test is a great preparation tip. To do so, you can contact your county Argicultural Extension agent for details on how to submit a soil sample. This will help determine the nutrient requirements before having sod installed. A rule of thumb is to make sure your soil has a well aerated base with a pH level of 6.0 to 7.5 for best results.

How much shade is required?

It is important to let your sod installer know how much shade your lawn gets. A yard that gets partial versus full shade can mean a world of difference. Some turf types seem to grow better in shady areas as opposed to other types of grass. You will want to check if the shaded area in your lawn has any grass or weed growing there, This will help determine whether you need to opt for a shade-tolerant ground cover as opposed to grass. It's also important to be aware that when it comes to watering areas which are more difficult, like slopes and under trees tend to require more attention, if you want the best results. Be sure the area is easy to water.

Do you have an irrigation system?

Once your sod is installed, you need to make sure you maintain it well if you want it to continue looking as beautiful as it does when first installed. Watering your lawn adequately is essential. However, this can be a burdensome task for some. You can instead opt for installing sprinklers or irrigation systems in your lawn with timed activity on when your sod requires watering.

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