Selecting The Right Sod
Written By Peter Honeycutt
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 different types of sod for Alabama & Georgia's climate conditions, 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.
BEST SOD FOR ALABAMA & GEORGIA'S WARM CLIMATE?
Bermuda grasses aggressive growth habit gives it excellent weed resistance. Bermuda is wear-resistant and drought-tolerant, but doesn't do well in shaded areas. Bermuda grasses are best in full sun light, but some Bermuda grasses can grow with limited shade.
Zoysia grass varieties are highly recommended turf grasses that can handle both cold winters and humid hot summers. 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.
Centipede grass is a tough, low-growing, low-maintenance turfgrass. It grows best in the hot summers of Alabama and Georgia. Centipede has a rougher texture than most turfgrasses, but with proper care it has excellent weed and pest resistance. Centipede thrives in both full sun or partial shade and is very low maintenance.
Fescue grass is a cool season grass that thrives best in the cooler temperatures of Fall & Winter, but can stay green year round. Fescue grass is best to install during the Fall/ Winter/ Spring months.
St. Augustine grass is the turfgrass of choice in warm climates where sandy soil is prevalent. The blue-green color lasts into fall, unlike other warm-season grasses. St. Augustine is best to install during the warmer months of Spring & Summer.
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 Simply Sods sales agent know how much shade your yard gets. A yard that gets partial versus full shade can mean a world of difference. Some turf types 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 less shade tolerant grasses.
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. If you don't have an irrigation system than it's also important to be aware that when it comes to watering areas which are more difficult, like slopes and under trees, will require more attention if you want the best results.
WHERE DOES SIMPLY SOD DELIVER TO?
Simply Sod will deliver partial loads (2 to 14 pallets) to most of the Birmingham & Atlanta metropolitan areas and full loads (16 to 20 pallets) to all of the Southeast.
Birmingham metro includes inside the perimeter of McCalla, Trussville, Chelsea & Gardendale. Additional delivery may be charged for deliveries outside of the metropolitan area.
Atlanta metro includes inside the perimeter of Peachtree City, McDonough, Cumming, Kennesaw, Douglasville & Covington. Additional delivery may be charged for deliveries outside of the metropolitan area.