How to Choose Sod for Your Yard

A well-maintained and healthy lawn is paramount to the curb appeal of any home. You should considering replacing your lawn if it is brown, patchy, or dying. Though some homeowners choose to reseed their yards, Americans are increasingly turning to laying down sod.

Sod offers several advantages when compared to reseeding your lawn. Sod is grown under optimum conditions with the care of professionals, so you can be sure that the grass is weed free, healthy and strong. These plants are sown closely together – this difficult for the seeds of weeds to germinate.


Choosing Sod


To determine which variety of sod is best for your yard, you’ll need to consider several factors. Choosing a kind of grass is important, as it will become your brand new lawn. Climate should be your primary consideration. There are two broad categories of grass.


Warm Season Grasses


Warm season grasses are optimal for the warm, humid climates like the ones found in the southern US. They sport a single, expanded growth period in the summer. Most of these varieties require some special care in the winter, when their blades tend to turn brown. Popular warm season grasses include:


• St. Augustine
• Bermuda
• Carpetgrass
• Centipedegrass


Cool Season Grasses


These grasses fare best in regions with cold winters and hot summers, and that experience regular rainfall. Cool season grasses experience two bursts of shoot-growth annually, in the mid-spring and in the early autumn. Some cool season grasses include:


• Kentucky Bluegrass
• Rough Bluegrass
• Ryegrass (annual and perennial)
• Bentgrass


Laying sod is an instant way to transform the look and feel of your lawn completely. Select a grass type that fits your family’s lifestyle and your climate and you will be sure to enjoy a lush green lawn for years to come.