If you have just built a new house or want to redo your landscaping then you need to choose the right sod for your garden. The first thing that you need to consider is the climate that you live in. There are two different classifications of grass, cool season and warm season. There are other factors too such as how much foot traffic your yard will see, the amount of sun and of course the soil. You may also have a budget that you need to stick to so that must be taken into consideration as well. Let us give you some tips on which sod options that you have.
Cool Season Grasses
If you live anywhere in the northern half of the US then you have cold winters. The summers are hot but there is regular rain that happens. There are a couple of different types of grass that will work in the climate you live in. Ryegrass, Bentgrass and Kentucky Bluegrass will all be perfectly suitable. They work best in colder climates because they can go dormant during hot summers with little or no rain. They grow best in the spring so you will have a great lawn once summer starts.
Warm Season Grasses
If you live in the south then you need a type of grass that can handle the heat. The same warm season grasses look good but they don’t tolerate the cold well at all. You will have to take care of your sod during the winter months and you may have to reseed from time to time. The most popular types of warm season grasses are Bermuda, Centipede and St Augustine.
Residential or Commercial Property
The type of grass you choose will also depend on how you plan on using the sod. Commercial property generally has a lot less foot traffic but a residential property with kids sees a lot. If you are using it on a residential property that has kids, playground equipment and family gatherings you want to choose a grass like Bermuda, it can withstand almost anything. Shaded yards with little or no sunlight then St Augustine might be a better choice.
Regardless of the type of grass that you ultimately choose you are going to need rich topsoil so that your sod takes root. Head over to your neighborhood garden center and pick the right sod for your situation.