Sod is great for odd-shaped yards, damaged yards and when there is an uncontrollable amount of weeds. It also is great for anyone wanting to start anew with their type of grass or give their property an instant greener and healthier lawn.
The best time to start apply turf is anytime of the year but the second time is in the spring where roots will have plenty of time to burrow in the ground and settle.
However, if you plan on doing it in the winter, no worry. You still can, but just remember that your grass will be dormant for the time its still winter. When it is applied to the ground, and it looks dead and brown, does not mean that it is. Remember to water the sod and the dirt beneath it to keep it moist and alive. Not watering it during the winter may lead to it not attaching to the dirt and could possibly lead to its death. It’s always good to hire a professional team to do it for you, so you don't mess up twice.
Planning on sodding in the spring and summer has it's shares of cons. If you're using a cool seasoned grass turf to lay on your yard soil, make sure the dirt is well watered as the grass will be susceptible to heat and dry up. Ensure the grass is watered every day to prevent this from happening as this is crucial moment to allowing the grass to take root.
Homeowners will take the inexpensive route if they can, and that means taking the initiation to buying their own sod to ripping off the grass. But because its such a big task, you can lay it on the existing lawn if you so may choose. Make sure your lawn is free and clear of all grass weeds and any leaves or other material that might caught in between the sod and grass. The less weeds showing up on your lawn the better it wont show up growing through your turf. Mow the grass lower than usual as you'll want to get as close to the dirt as possible without killing your grass.
Choosing the type of turf you want will affect how your outdoor lawn will look like to a varying degree. to mention a few for California are: Fescue grass, St. Augustine, Bermuda and Zoysia.
But WAIT! What type should i buy?
Well Let's talk about what each grass is and categorize which homes is best for them.
Fesque grass is an ideal type of grass because of its ability to endure the cold and heat as well as having a high shade and drought tolerance.
This type of grass is ideal if you're planning on doing high maintenance gardening and low maintenance lawn caring, or if you live in an area with a lot of shade, then this is an ideal grass for you. With all the gardening you'll be doing, the last thing you want in the garden bed is grass. You'll notice these types of grass will almost never grow outward but upward and clump together should areas die off. This grass type although low maintenance, will have a hard time self repairing because of it's clump growing habits. Over seeding occasionally will be required if you hope not to see the clumping. The fesque also have a great seed to grass growth rate than other types of cool seasoned grass type. If you plan on using this grass type for your sod, then a good time to call your professional team to start the application will be in the spring and fall, which is the peak growth for these turf.
St Augustine Grass:
St. Augustine grass is an ideal choice if you're living in a warm coastal zone or often finds joy of cutting their yard. Although St. Augustine grass is very carpet like not allowing weeds or other form of grass to grow because of its dense growth ability its more of a novelty type turf rather than idea. If you live in the coast, this ideal grass is also salt tolerant.
This is a good long lasting relationship but often requires some work as it likes to grow out aggressively where it can get close to. While permitable to foot traffic, it has a low level tolerance to repeated stepping and will not be able to thrive around areas with it. This is a high a maintenance sod that will require some attention as it needs fertilizer more often than other grass and if on the coast, do a PH test to see if its level is to high and acidic. If this is the case, apply micro-nutrients with iron to stabilize the lawn monthly. This choice of grass also requires at east 4 to 6 hours of sunlight, allowing light shade to permeate but not deep shade otherwise it'll shrivel up and twirl and die. St. Augustine is susceptible to diseases such as the Chinch bug (Blissus insularis Barbe)r and grey leaf spots.
The most common grass used by most americans, bermuda is prized by its ability to withstand foot traffic, heat and salt tolerance, but its frequent upkeep and fertilizing needs. Because of its non cold resistance, you can expect it to be most active in the spring and summer time where bbqs and out door p.e. can be. This type of grass flourishes even better in areas with full sun and proper drainage as well as self repairing rather quickly. That is why athletic fields, golf courses, use this grass for its aggressive but quick growth rate to cover any messes caused by slipping, heavy foot traffic and summer appeal.
Also known for its drought, heat and heavy foot traffic. This grass can deliver compact carpet like turf while still being beautiful to look and walk on. This choice has an improved cold tolerance for when fall and winter come around, this grass will stay much greener longer than other types of grass such as Bermuda or Kentucky grass.
It's deep built root system allows it to not only be drought resistance, but also low water and maintenance is needed for this sod. this warm season grass peak growth in the summer but begins in the spring. This turf is ideal for those living in an area of full sunlight and flourishes more better in the south such as LA. If this choice is something you want to go for, call your professional to ensure you get the correct strain for improved cold weather or other need you might have.