The Best Time to Plant Sod in Florida

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We enjoy so many benefits living here in the Sunshine State, and the ease of keeping a gorgeously green and lush lawn is one of them! Florida’s climate Florida is…

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Understanding the Different Varieties of Sod

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When choosing the best sod for your lawn, you’ll be surprised at the number of options available. Each variety of sod performs best in different situations, so choosing one just because you like the way it looks isn’t a great strategy. Our team of sod experts here at Council Growers Sod can help you select the ideal sod for your yard’s soil, sunlight, and moisture conditions. We offer several varieties of sod to meet every homeowner’s needs, including: Empire Zoysia Many Floridians consider Zoysiagrass to be the gold standard for Sunshine State lawns, and Empire is the best of them all. Empire Zoysia grows slowly and evenly, reducing your required mows to just once every 1-2 weeks in the summer months. It’s also drought and chinch bug resistant. The fine blades of grass grown with Empire feel great under bare feet and hold up to traffic well, making it a superb choice for yards that get heavy use.

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Benefits of ProVista St. Augustine Sod

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St. Augustine grass is a mainstay here in Florida. Scott’s new ProVista St. Augustine sod is the next generation of St. Augustine grass, providing even more benefits than traditional St. Augustine floratam. Available only here in the Sunshine State, ProVista promises to deliver a uniformly green, dense, lush lawn with minimal effort. Council Growers Sod is proud to sell this revolutionary St. Augustine sod. It’s designed perfectly for the Florida climate, ensuring our customers will be 100% satisfied with their newly sodded lawn. How is ProVista better than traditional St. Augustine grass? Specifically engineered to thrive in the hot Florida sun, Scott’s ProVista St. Augustine sod: Saves on mowing costs For just a small premium per square foot, you’ll enjoy dense, thick, slow-growing St. Augustine grass that requires 50% less mowing. That’s 50% more time with your family, 50% less back-breaking work, and 50% less ozone-damaging carbon released into the air. To sum it up monetarily, it adds up to an estimated $1,800 per acre per year in savings! This makes the upfront investment well worth it after only a short time.

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How Long Can My Sod Sit on a Pallet?

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Purchasing enough sod to redo your entire lawn can be a hefty investment. The last thing you’d want is for all that rich green sod to wilt and die before you even lay it down. Timing the delivery of your sod is crucial to prevent stress on the grass. Receiving it too early will leave it vulnerable to heat and drying out while receiving it too late will throw your project schedule off. Whether it’s early or late, ill-timed delivery of sod takes cash right out of your pocket. So when exactly should you schedule that delivery? The answer is somewhat straightforward. In most cases, don’t allow your pallets of sod to sit for any longer than 24 hours from being picked to being installed, and that’s assuming ideal conditions. Choose a cooler, overcast day for sod installation if possible, as this reduces the stress on the grass. If the weather is exceptionally hot or dry, be sure to install the sod as soon as it arrives and moisten the area where you intend to put it before laying it down.

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Can I Load a Pallet of Sod Into my Car or SUV?

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The short answer is no. The long answer depends on your vehicle’s payload, but even though it still may be best not to. “But it’s just some grass…how heavy can it be?” An average pallet of sod can weigh anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds, and if it has rained recently, it can weigh even more! This is why it is so important to plan how you intend to transport your newly purchased sod ahead of time. A car or SUV, no matter the size, is simply not equipped to haul anything of this weight. Many pickup trucks cannot handle this much weight either. “I’m not convinced….” Still, think your Explorer can handle it? First, check out its payload rating. That’s what tells you how much weight your vehicle can carry, including all passengers and cargo. This is different from your vehicle’s towing capacity, which is how much weight your vehicle can pull behind it.

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Top 5 Types of Grass for Optimal Performance in Hot, Summer Months

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If you could describe Florida (or the entire Southeast US) in two words, they would be hot and humid. Lawns are under constant assault by harsh weather conditions, ranging from mildly droughty to moist, oppressive heat. So when you’re spending thousands on landscaping to have the nicest yard on the block, you want to make sure the grass types you choose will stand up to the elements. Here are our top 5 types of grass that thrive in the blistering hot Florida sun.  St. Augustine Grass St. Augustine grass is the gold standard for grass in Florida and flourishes in many Floridian yards, near the coast and further inland. With origins in the Gulf of Mexico, this native grass blossoms under both extreme heat and milder temps. This coarse-leaf grass comes in colors from medium green to blue-green.  It is the most shade tolerant of all the warm-season turfgrass and holds up well to moderate traffic. It will even stay green through the winter months with minimal water, but it needs good air circulation to prevent disease. 

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Why Choose Natural Turfgrass for Your Yard?

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Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf Pros: No need to mow– We all love our weekends, and this gives us that time back.  Artificial will require raking and regularly blowing. No allergy issues– Those of us plagued with allergy concerns may be able to avoid this issue, at least with grass allergies. Works well in the shade– In that super shady spot in the yard, this grass will do much better than traditional turf.

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What You Should Know About Sod and the Florida Environment

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The Florida climate presents unique benefits and challenges when installing and nurturing sod.  It’s important to understand how the Florida environment impacts sod so that you can take the right measures to protect your sod and encourage lasting growth.  Protect Your New Sod from Disease Even in a well-established lawn, humidity and heat can be a breeding ground for fungal disease. New sod is especially susceptible because it does not have established roots. There isn’t anything you can do about the level of humidity in the Tampa area, but there are some things you can do to try to protect your grass. First, remove large tree branches or other unnecessary landscaping elements. This will allow more airflow to get to the grass. This airflow keeps the grass drier, which prevents the formation of fungal diseases. You should also avoid extra watering of your sod during this time of year.

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Best Sod for Outdoor Sports

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It’s not just residential homes that need sod; it’s sports fields and stadiums as well. Many professional and collegiate stadiums have made headlines by investing in sod over grass seed or artificial turf.  Choosing the right blends of grass can greatly affect the results you achieve in your fields. For example, while blends that include Kentucky Bluegrass and ryegrass are often preferred in cool-season zones, these kinds of sod blends aren’t generally considered to be appropriate in hot or humid climates like Florida.  For this reason, many stadiums and sports fields prefer to take advantage of the unique benefits of Bermudagrass.  Bermudagrass Bermudagrass is a fan favorite for outdoor sports because it has the beautiful appearance of golf course grass. Bermudagrass is perhaps most famously used on the field at Bucks’ stadium. This type of sod offers many important benefits that make it perfect for outdoor sports, including golf, baseball, football, and more, especially in hot, humid southern states like Florida. 

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