The Benefits of Using Sod to Create a Lawn

Summer is here, so it’s time to add some of the plant material to landscapes which thrive in hot weather. One of the best examples of warm weather planting is sod. Sod is one of the more expensive ways to achieve a lawn, but there are some benefits to sod which other forms of turf propagation can’t match. Turf is not cheap, so it behooves anyone considering adding lawn to a landscape to understand the benefits of sod versus other forms of propagation. Here are some of the reasons a landscape expert might recommend a property owner consider using sod in the event they need new turfgrass in their landscape.

It’s instant


Once a crew prepares the area, rolls out the sod and waters it in, that’s it; the property has a lawn. It may need a couple of weeks for the area between the sod strips to fill in entirely, but that’s it. Sod truly is instantly beautiful.

Uniform growth

Sod takes to being planted in a myriad of areas, even places like slopes and inclines where seed may tend to wash away or stack near the bottom. As a result, it offers uniform growth in the most challenging locations, creating a lush, even lawn.

It doesn’t allow weeds to grow.

Even after an initial treatment of glyphosate to the soil, planting a lawn from seed can result in a high number of weeds, which compete with tender new grass shoots for water and nutrients. This weed issue has to be addressed and managed and will continue to be a problem until the grass has fully developed into a lawn.

A word about St Augustine

St Augustine grass is a vibrant, hardy choice for a lawn or lawn mix. However, St Augustine cannot be seeded into a lawn, and here’s why: the standard method of propagation of St. Augustine is stolons. Stolons are comprised of grass stems with a root node which attaches to the soil and creates a new grass plant.

Because St Augustine spreads in this manner, the options for creating a St Augustine lawn include plugs or sod, but not seed.

Quality sod comes from sod farms, which provide top quality grasses.

Quality sod comes from sod farms, which provide top quality grasses.

Sod creates a lush, green, fully developed lawn which is almost impervious to weeds and other propagation issues. Traditional varieties such as Zoysia and St Augustine thrive in Florida weather. This is a fantastic time for an interested property owner to talk to a landscape management company about the possibility of sod. Within a few weeks, the property can boast of a verdant green lawn which can be enjoyed by all for the duration of the summer and beyond.

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