Laying sod instead of growing your grass from seed is a great instant
fix for your lawn. Sod cost may be more up front, but in the long run, the cost of sod is
about the same as growing grass from a seed. On average, sod costs about $.50 per
square yard for professionally installed sod, with sod prices and
labor varying depending on where you live.
When you get a quote for your sod, make sure things like removing the old grass and/or weeds, preparing the soil, and transporting the sod are included. The ground where the sod is to be laid must be clear of debris and old growth and a new layer of organic material and slow-acting fertilizer should be worked into the soil. The mixture should be raked level and a roller should be used on it and then again, gently, on the newly laid grass sod.
Inspect your sod when it is delivered. Roll out a section or two. The sod should be weed-free, about 2 inches long and thickly grown. The soil on the back should be dark and moist, about 1 inch thick and densely rooted. While your sod is being laid, the landscaper should keep both it and the ground moist. If possible, your sod should be stored in the shade to keep it from drying out. Spring and fall are the best times to lay sod due to the frequency of rainfall.
There are several different types of sod. Your landscaper should be able to advise you on what is best for your lawn and climate. If you are laying it next to existing lawn, however, you will need to match that as closely as possible. If you fill out the form above you will be able to compare sod prices from a local sod supplier. It is very quick and will show you the cost of sod grass and connect you with professions who can install the sod in your yard.
Types of Sod
St. Augustine - This hardy sod grows well in southern
climates and maintains its lush, dark green color well in the fall and spring.
Zoysia Turf Grass - This very hardy grass is frequently chosen for golf courses. It is soft, thick and resilient. It works well in most climates and can stand up to drought.
Bermuda Grass - This grass is also commonly used on gold courses. It performs in a variety of soil consistencies and thrives in southern half of the U.S.
Bluegrass - Bluegrass is a great choice for the harsher winters in the northern half of the U.S. It is durable, recovers quickly form injury and, due to its maximum growth height of about 4 inches, it does not need to be mowed as often as other grasses.
When selecting the right grass for your lawn, make sure it will thrive in your climate. Consider the shade vs. direct sun your property gets. Consult with a professional before selecting the type of sod for your lawn. Remember that laying sod is strenuous, heavy labor, so investing in a professional can save you both time and labor and you will know the job is done right. Be sure to ask about short term maintenance, to get your sod to root quickly and thrive. Also ask about long term maintenance for the particular type of sod you selected so you can enjoy your lawn for years to come. Fill out the form about if you want to learn more about where to buy sod grass for your lawn. We'll help you find the best sod prices in your area.