Is Sod the Right Choice for Your Lawn?

If you have a sparse lawn that needs help or if you are landscaping a new home, sod is an option for creating a new lawn. You may wonder whether sod is the best choice or if seeding is a better for your budget. While sod is initially more expensive than seeding, there are some benefits that can make it a wise investment. Here are some of the advantages of sod to determine if it is the right choice for your new lawn.

Instant Results

Probably the most enticing attribute of a sod lawn is the instant gratification. In one day, a new lawn can be installed. You don’t need to wait months for thick grass to grow. While it still needs time to establish roots, it will look beautiful from day one compared to a seeded lawn.

Fewer Weed Problems

Sod is professionally grown and made with a thick grass root system. No weeds are present when it is installed and due to the dense roots, weeds will have a hard time finding anywhere to grow on your lawn. This means less money and time spent on weed killing now and in the future.

Healthier Grass and Improved Curb Appeal

It is hard to grow thick, healthy grass from seed. It requires constant watering, fertilizing and weed control over many months to establish a decent root base. Sod comes already healthy and beautiful. It is easier to keep healthy, giving you a gorgeous yard that will enhance your home’s curb appeal and value.

For many people looking to create a stunning lawn, sod is the best choice. To learn more, contact your local landscaper that offers sod installation.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040

3 Tips to Get Your Grass to Grow

Are you stumped when it comes to improving the quality of your lawn? Grass seems to grow everywhere, so why is it so hard to create a lush lawn? Grass can be temperamental, requiring specific care to get it to grow. Here are three tips to help you nourish your grass for a beautiful lawn.

  • Seeding. If you have bare patches or thin grass, seeding or over-seeding can help improve the quality of your lawn. Seeding should be done in the spring for the best results.
  • Fertilizing and weed control. You need to feed your grass and keep weeds at bay for a healthy lawn. Choose a quality fertilizer and pre/post emergent weed control to nourish your lawn. For proper fertilization, consider soil testing first to get the right fertilizer.
  • Watering. You need about ¾ -1 inch of water for most turf grass per week. The best option is infrequent watering, a few times a week. Mornings are the best time for watering.

Unfortunately, not everyone has a green thumb when it comes to lawns. If you are struggling to get your grass to grow, consider hiring a professional landscaper. They can help nurture your lawn and bring it back to life with the proper fertilizing, weed control and mowing schedule, plus other options like thatching or aerating.

Or, if you want to maintain your own lawn, consider new sod. Your landscaper can install a fresh, new lawn that is full and healthy from the beginning. You can start from scratch with a new lawn and use the tips previously mentioned to keep it healthy and thriving for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

What Type of Sod is Best for Your Yard?

If you want to transform a thin, unhealthy lawn into a lush carpet of green almost overnight, sod is the best answer. However, if you want that lawn to thrive and last, you need to choose the right grass type for your sod installation. Knowing which grass variety will work best for your needs can help protect your investment, giving you a beautiful lawn that will last for many years to come. Here are some popular options in sod for your new lawn.

Zeon Zoysia

One of the most popular options in residential lawns and commercial turf is Zeon Zoysia. Termed the “barefoot grass” for its soft, lush texture, it works well in many soil types. This variety can thrive in shade and is drought-tolerant, with limited about of thatch build-up. You can expect good color throughout the summer and a fair amount of tolerance for traffic.

TifGrand Bermuda

Bermuda grass tends not to do well in shade, but the TifGrand variety has been designed to offer better tolerance for shade, while retaining the drought-resistance of most Bermuda grass. This grass is well suited for heavy traffic lawns.


Fescue sod is a well-balanced option, often with wider blades that can stay greener year-round. It depends on the variety, but most fescue are better suited for shade than some other types of grass.

There are many other types of grass to choose from when deciding which sod is right for your lawn. Talk to your local landscaper that offers sod installation to learn more about the options and to find the best type of sod to suit your soil, climate and preferences.

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Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Is Zoysia the Best Choice for Your New Sod?

If you are planning to upgrade your lawn with new sod, choosing the right grass type is essential. Zoysia is one of the most popular options in grass for a professional-appearing, thick lawn. However, even though this a great choice for those wanting a lush lawn, it is not always the right option for everyone. Here are a few things you should know about installing Zoysia sod for your new lawn.

  • Zoysia creates thin, soft blades that are thickly produced. This creates a very lush lawn that many find appealing. It is often so thick that it will naturally reduce weeds, not allowing them to come in through the heavy growth.
  • Zoysia grass tends to grow slow, which is great for low maintenance. They may need less mowing than other types of grasses.
  • Traffic-resistance is one of the reasons Zoysia grass is so popular for golf courses. If you have kids or pets that like to play in your yard, Zoysia sod may be a good choice.
  • If you have a lot of shade in your yard, Zoysia may not perform as well. This grass likes direct sun and does better with less shade.
  • For Zoysia to flourish, you want a well-drained soil. If you have areas in your yard that do not drain well, you may need better drainage if you want to use Zoysia grass.

Before you decide whether to choose Zoysia sod for your new sod installation, talk with your landscaper that will be installing your sod. They can inspect your lawn and give you advice on whether Zoysia or another grass type is best for your needs.

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Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Have a Luscious Lawn by Summer with Spring Sod Installation

If you’ve been struggling to create a thick, healthy lawn, yet still have thin or bare areas on your lawn, it may be time to consider laying a new sod lawn. Sod is the best way to ensure a thick, beautiful lawn in a short period of time, especially if it’s installed at the right time of year. Spring is the perfect time to lay many types of sod, with the cool, moist weather ideal for accelerating growth.

Sods Types Best for Springtime Installation

Sod can technically be installed, or laid, any time of year. However, many sods do best in late summer or fall, while others grow better when laid in the spring. If you’re considering laying sod to create the perfect lawn by this summer, here are a few excellent sod types for spring installation.

  • Bermuda. Bermuda is very popular in the southern U.S. regions, tolerating almost any soil type. This is a hearty grass that does best in sunny areas.
  • Zoysia. Zoysia is a beautiful drought and wear resistant grass which requires fewer mows due to slower growth. Be aware that zoysia grasses may require fertilization and maintenance to thrive.
  • St. Augustine. Coastal areas love St. Augustine grass for its high tolerance to salt and shade, making it perfect for areas near the ocean. This deep-root grass is tough and fast-growing, so make sure you’re ready to mow or hire a landscaping service to maintain.

Start planning now for your spring sod installation and by summer, you could have that luscious lawn you have always wanted!

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA
(678) 294-0351

Are You Ready to Upgrade to Sod for Your Lawn?

Keeping your lawn lush and green can often seem like an impossible chore. In many cases, due to pets, the environment and other factors, sometimes it just isn’t feasible. If you’ve been struggling to create the lawn you envision, it may be time to start from scratch with a new lawn made from sod. Between now and summer, having new sod installed will give you the yard you’ve always wanted.

Sod: A Quick, Easy Lawn Solution

Professionally installed sod can turn your old, sparse yard into a lush lawn overnight. Grown on farms, sod is cut into strips that are rolled and transported to your home. The adult grass and root system is laid onto your prepared property, ready to take hold to the soil beneath it. In a matter of a few weeks, your new lawn will look like you spent years toiling to create the perfect yard.

Although sod is a quick solution for a new yard, it does take preparation to ensure the new grass acclimates to the new earth. You want to hire a landscaping company with experience in sod installation, and one who knows how to treat and prepare your yard for the best results. Talk to your local sod landscape company about what preparations they use to ensure you will get the lawn you are promised.

Imagine your lawn next summer, perfectly even and full. It is obtainable with the installation of new sod. Choose a grass variety that suits your weather region and your maintenance preferences. Your sod installation company can help you pick the right grass to make your lawn a pleasure for many years to come.

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Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA
(678) 294-0351

Are You Tired Of Your Patchy, Yellow Lawn?

During the hottest months of the year, it often becomes apparent that your lawn is in need of help. Even with regular watering, many lawns become patchy and yellow in the middle of a summer heat wave. If this happens to your lawn every year, maybe it’s time to replace that old, tired lawn with a new covering of beautiful, green sod. In a matter of days, you can have the lush lawn you have always wanted for this summer, and many years to come.

Getting The Right Sod For Your Lawn

Although almost all sod will look great once it is installed, you want a type of grass that will flourish for many years in your particular growing area. The type of sod you buy should be partly based on the region in which you live, along with other considerations. Here are some factors to keep in mind before buying new sod for your lawn.

  • Growth. Certain grasses grow faster than others, making them require more maintenance. If you have a landscaper who does your lawn, this may not be an issue. For example, zoysia grasses are great for low maintenance, yet are higher in cost. On the other hand, a Bermuda grass may be more economical, but will require more frequent mowing.
  • Traffic. How much traffic your lawn will need to endure is important when choosing a sod type. Lawns with dogs and heavy foot traffic will need a heartier grass than lawns which are mostly just for show.

To determine the best sod for your needs, talk to an expert. If you are having the sod installation done by a professional landscaper, they can help you choose the right option to fit the needs of your property. If you plan to install the sod yourself, talk to your local landscape supply store experts to determine which sod you should buy.

Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone, Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping


Get the Perfect Lawn With New Sod

If you have gone the sowing route to grow your own lawn, yet still do not have the lush lawn you desire, it may be time to try sod. Growing your own lawn can take years of nurturing to get the thick, green grass that so many homeowners desire. Sod, however, is grown by experts who have done all the hard work for you. Once it is laid, all you need to do is maintain this beautiful lawn that will look fantastic from day one.

Preparing To Lay Sod

Before you can have your beautiful new lawn, there are a few decisions you need to make. Are you going to lay the sod yourself, or do you plan on hiring a landscaping company to handle the sod installation? Industrious homeowners who have a strong back can save the labor costs by laying their own sod. However, many people prefer to use a contractor who can install their sod for them.

Next, you need to know the type and amount of sod you will need. There are many different varieties of grasses and sod to choose from. Once you measure to determine the amount you will need, take the time to visit your local landscape supply store. They can advise you on the types available and which will best suit your aesthetic, maintenance and traffic needs.

Most sod can be laid directly over your existing lawn; however, it is best to find out what preparation is recommended for the sod you choose. If you are laying the sod yourself, talk to your supplier about whether you need to rake or grade your soil before you lay it and what care will be needed in the weeks following. If done correctly, you will have a beautiful lawn in a matter of hours which can last for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of Dusty Edinger, Tommy Gun Lawn Care


Growing New Grass: Sod or Seed?

When a dead or dying lawn becomes an eyesore, it’s time to take action. For many homeowners, however, it’s not always easy to know the best course of action. Choosing between sowing grass seed or installing sod can be a big decision, especially if you’re not sure of the benefits and drawbacks of each option.

Seeding Your Lawn

The primary advantage of sowing grass seed is the larger selection of species available to the homeowner. Depending on the quality of your soil, amount of sunlight versus shade on your property and the climate of your region, you’ll need specific varieties in order for your lawn to thrive. Sowing grass seeds allows you to choose the right grasses for your region and property, and is a smaller up-front investment when compared to sod.

The biggest disadvantages of seeding your lawn lies in the critical timing of planting. September is ideal in many regions, but may vary widely between one zone and another. You’ll be forced to wait longer for a dense, even lawn. Wash-out from the requisite heavy watering, paired with the possibility of low germination, can also create the need for additional reseeding. Until your seeded lawn is well-established, watering is critical to its health and weeds can present a very real problem.

Installing Sod

When sod is installed on your property, you have an instant cover of lush, healthy grass. Sod can be walked on fairly soon after it’s planted, weeds are a low priority and erosion is less of a problem than with grass seed. Sod installation can be done at any point during the growing season, giving homeowners a much larger window of opportunity.

There is a smaller range of varieties available in sod, and it may shrink if it’s not properly installed. You’ll need to water at high volumes in the beginning, and it’s a bit more expensive initially.

Work with a landscaping professional in your area to determine which option is best suited to your property, and to ensure proper seeding or installation.

Posted on behalf of Dusty Edinger, Tommy Gun Lawn Care


Tips for Repairing Damaged Sod

While laying down fresh sod can be the preferred method of ensuring a beautiful lawn, it is not a guarantee of pristine perfection. Constant maintenance is required after sod installation to keep it watered until its root system is established and to ensure that no fungal diseases become evident.

Sod also can become damaged. If the planting site was improperly prepared or the sod was installed incorrectly, it can become damaged as it struggles to establish a root system. Areas receiving high foot traffic can also become damaged. Not only are damaged areas unattractive but they also become a breeding environment for weed growth. How you would repair these areas depends largely on where they are located.

Damaged sod in areas that are relatively unused can be repaired with grass seed. Cut out and remove the damaged sod; break up the bare area to loosen compacted soil; spread a grass seed and compost mixture over the area, and keep that area moist so the seeds will germinate. As for damaged sod in high traffic areas, it should be repaired with sod. Again, cut out and remove the damaged sod; spread a starter fertilizer that is high in phosphorous over the bare area; water the area and new piece of sod cut to fit, and pat down. Make sure that the sod stays moist for about two weeks.

Your sod will look better if you have your local landscaping professional install it for you. They may also have a connection to purchasing the best sod at an affordable rate. You could possibly reduce your installation fee by performing some of the physical labor yourself. The cost of seed, sod and installation will vary according to your location and the current market. Sod grows well in all climates.

Posted on behalf of Dusty Edinger, Tommy Gun Lawn Care