What To Consider Before Choosing Sod

12 January 2017
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Sure, it might all look the same, but understand that all sod is not the same. If you're planning to redo your lawn with new sod, it's important that you understand this factor. The sod you choose should be based on a number of different factors, including your climate and how you plan to use your yard. Before making your decision, make sure you understand what factors you need to consider to make a more informed selection.


The primary factor to consider is the climate. Sods can be split into two categories: cool or warm season. Cool-season grasses are for areas that experience cold winters. During harsh cold and periods of droughts, the grass goes dormant to protect itself. Bluegrasses, such as Kentucky, Bentgrass and ryegrass are just some popular options.

For humid or warmer climates, a warm-season grass will serve better. These grass types have a period of shoot growth during the warmer parts of the year. However, once winter comes, even if the temperatures are only slightly cooler, they do require extra care and reseeding to protect their health. Bermuda and St. Augustine are two popular options.   


How you plan to use your yard is also a factor to consider before purchasing new sod. For example, is your lawn primarily just for viewing, or do you have small children and pets that will frequently be using the space? The reason this factor is so important is that certain grass types do better with foot traffic than others.

If you won't be using the yard often, you aren't really limited in your selection options. However, if you plan to use the grass often, you need a heavy-use sod. These sod types can handle more stress and are more flexible. Zoysia and Bermuda fit into this category.


Lastly, consider what level of care you are willing to offer. If you are someone who doesn't have time to tend to your lawn often, you need a low-maintenance sod. These sod types are ideal for busy people and generally only need an occasional watering to stay healthy. Buffalo and Fescues are included in this category.

There are other sod types that require more care, including frequent watering, routine fertilization and more frequent mowing. Bermuda grass fits into this category. Only you know which is best for you.

Once you've considered all these factors you can have greater confidence in the selection you make with the sod company. For more advice, contact a sod delivery service like B & B Hoffman Sod Farms.