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.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

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

Can You Lay Sod in the Summer?

Sod is a wonderful way to get a beautiful, lush lawn quickly. If you have been dreaming of a luscious yard of green grass, you can still get that lawn this summer. While it is often better to lay sod in the spring or fall when weather is mild, you can lay sod during the summer if you choose the right type and care for it properly. Here are some tips if you are planning to have sod planted in your yard this summer.

  • The sooner, the better. In most regions of the country, July and August are the hottest months of the summer. The warmer it is, the harder it will be to nurture your new sod. While temperatures may be warm in June, it is still preferable over the hotter months to follow.
  • Choose your type wisely. The type of sod you choose is important to get the results you want. Two popular options are Zoysia and Bermuda varieties that offer a durable lawn that is also beautiful.
  • Prepare your yard for the sod. Make sure you choose a landscaping company that will take the time to prepare your yard for the sod. The prep work that is done before the sod is installed is as important as the aftercare.
  • Water, water, water. Laying sod in the warmer months means you will need to heavily water your new grass for it to take hold. In most cases, this will be twice a day for the first week.

To make sure your sod has the best chance to survive the hot weather, use an experienced landscaper that specializes in sod installation. Summer sod laying can be temperamental, so you want an expert that can do the job right the first time.

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

Choosing Sod for Your New Lawn

Are you tired of struggling to get the lush lawn you desire? Sod is the best way to get a beautiful lawn quickly, replacing your old grass with thick sod that will grow in its place. However, you must choose the type of sod that will both fit your lifestyle and maintenance needs, as well as your geographical region. Two of the most popular types of sod are Bermuda and Zoysia, which both offer a beautiful lawn, but have a few differences. Here are the basics between these two types to help you choose your sod type.

Bermuda Sod

Bermuda strains are warm-season grasses and do best in regions of the country without severe cold weather. Bermuda is a thick, fine turf that is very wear-resistant, great for busy lawns. Bermuda sod is great for hot summers where it grows quickly and is drought-resistant. It does require frequent mowing due to its hearty growth and is perfect for direct sun areas.

Zoysia Sod

Zoysia sod varieties are wonderful for heavy-traffic areas and large lawns where maintenance needs to be low. Zoysia grows slower and is thick enough to reduce the growth of weeds. Zoysia can tolerate drought and is versatile enough to thrive even in shaded areas. Zoysia is tolerated in many regions in the southwest and southeast in the U.S. and some northerly regions.

Not only is the sod you choose important, you want a landscape contractor that is experienced in installing sod. Make sure to discuss pretreating your yard before the sod is installed for the best quality lawn and fastest growth. Talk to your local landscaper to discuss which sod type will meet your needs best.

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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

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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.

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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

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