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What is SOD?
SOD is an established piece of grass that can be transported and installed in any location where the right conditions are met for growth. SOD is held together by a small part of soil and root system and is most commonly used in lawns for private homes, schools, golf courses and sport stadiums.
What are the benefits of using SOD?
SOD installation is one of the fastest and easiest ways to increase the value of a home by increasing the curb appeal. However, there are many uses for SOD that go beyond just appearance.
Instant Results. SOD is a good way to establish a lawn quickly and offers immediate gratification.
Fast Establishment. When installed properly, new SOD generally takes just two to three weeks for roots to take hold and become established.
Prevents erosion. SOD works like a blanket to help hold soil in place, preventing erosion of the soil on hills and new construction sites.
Reduces Heat. On a hot summer day, a lawn will be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt or rock and 15 degrees cooler than bare soil.
Improve air and water quality. SOD filters dirt and dust from your lawn, eliminating mud. SOD absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen keeping the air clean and fresh around your home.
Limits Weeds. SOD makes it difficult for weeds to move in because of the established root system that limits weeds to take hold of your lawn.
Types of SOD
Bermuda grass produces a vigorous, medium-green, dense turf that can adapt to most soils and climates. It has excellent wear, drought and salt tolerance. In addition, it establishes rapidly and can out compete most weed species. However, it is recommended for use on open field areas with no shade.
Zoysia grass is adapted to a variety of soil types and has a good tolerance to shade, drought, salt and traffic. In recent years, it has been developed to have more insect resistance and better performance. It’s extremely dense, so it has good resistance to weed invasion, yet creates excessive thatch. Balanced fertilization is important to maintain good coverage and healthy growth patterns. its nice appearance, medium to fine leaf blades, density, moderate growth, good shade and drought tolerance, the best application is for home or commercial lawns.
St. Augustine is a coarse, textured grass used primary for home and commercial lawns. St Augustine is very shade tolerant and produces a quality turf where other turf grasses will not grow. It grows well in a wide range of soil. St Augustine requires more fertilization than zoysia but less than Bermuda grass. With proper fertilization and weekly mowing, it will produce a dense and medium green surface.