You’ve found the home of your dreams, started moving in and getting comfortable in your new home. But something is missing. Your lawn may look a little dreary, under-nourished and generally unattractive.
Whether you want gorgeous grass to show your new neighbors or you view your lawn as a play space for your family, let us walk you through some factors to consider when planning your new lawn area.
Does where I live matter?
Are there different sod options for different geographic locations? Sure! While each sod variety has their advantages, the secret to a great lawn is to find a grass that’s local to you.
Cool-Season Sod is a best fit for areas, you guessed it, in the northern half of the United States. These grass-types grow best in spring and fall, when temperatures average between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Bluegrass Sod: This heavily dense turf is a popular colder-weather grass for everything from home lawns, golf courses and athletic fields
- Ryegrass Sod: A moderate temperature sod that’s a great fit for home lawns, parks, fields and any high-use areas
- Tall Fescue Sod: Otherwise known as simply “fescue,” this is a heartland grass with outstanding heat tolerance, making it a great low-maintenance choice
Warm-Season Sod thrives in temperature between 80 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit
- St. Augustine Sod: The South’s most popular turfgrass. While this grass requires irrigation, it grows thick and has excellent shade tolerance
- Zoysia Sod: This high quality and dense grass features excellent heat, drought and wear tolerance
- Bermuda Sod: A great grass for golf courses and areas where you require a lot of toughness
What’s your zone?
Use the handy map above to determine which zone you’re in. There are basically three zones for sod. Remember, the best sod for your home is the grass that grows nearest to where you live. Choosing local sod for your home’s lawn vastly improves the quality, hardiness and overall tolerance of the grass.
How much sun will your grass see?
In addition to where you live, one of the primary considerations when choosing the right turfgrass is how much sunlight your lawn will get. Of course, no matter the variety, the healthiest grass requires at least a few hours of sun a day. Some varieties have superior shade tolerance (cool season) while others thrive in full sun (warm season).
What’s the intended use?
When choosing the right sod, be sure to take into consideration the intended use and function. Some varieties, such as Bluegrass and Bermuda, are designed for more active areas that sustain more wear and tear, and others, such as St. Augustine and Ryegrass, look beautiful but only have moderate traffic tolerance.
How important is eco-friendly grass to you?
Some sod requires less maintenance and provides more ecological benefits than other varieties of turfgrass. There are varieties that are drought tolerant, use fewer herbicides and are more sustainable. These eco-friendly grasses include, but are not limited to: Ryegrass, Tall Fescue and Zoysia sod varieties.
So, what will it be? There’s a lot to consider when choosing the perfect sod for your desired location.
Maybe Bluegrass sod will inspire you to get out and play outside more often. Alternatively, St. Augustine sod ensures your lawn is the talk of the neighborhood, year-round.
If you’re not sure of exactly what variety fits best for your lawn, there’s nothing safer than choosing the sod closest to your home.
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