Sodding is an ideal choice for those wanting a lush, green lawn right away. Sod is grown and harvested on farms to ensure it is mature, healthy and ready for use. Unlike grass seed which requires time and effort to grow from scratch, sod creates an instant lawn. It can handle heavy rains, prevent erosion and improve air and water quality in the area it is planted. It is the preferred method for weed control and also requires less maintenance than a grass seed lawn.
When selecting sod, look for a blend of grasses that are well suited for your climate and soil type. Sod producers typically use Kentucky bluegrass in Northern regions and tall fescue in the South. We recommend sod with a higher percentage of fescue for high traffic areas because it has a stronger root system and will hold up better under pressure.
Once sod is installed, it should be watered daily for the first two weeks to establish a strong base and allow the roots to fully connect with the soil beneath. It is important to keep children, pets and anyone else off the lawn until the sod has established a firm footing.
During this time, it is also recommended to fertilize the sod and maintain regular lawn mowing for best results. Sod can be laid year-round, but it is best in the spring and fall when temperatures are milder. Weeds can compete with sod when it is young and growing, but sod will outgrow most weeds as it grows in.