Benefits of Sod
Sod can be used to establish a lawn quickly and to help prevent soil erosion. Have a dead spot in your yard? Sod can be used to repair most small areas. Another great thing sod can be used for is to assist in draining water! Install sod to help prevent flooding in your lawn! Read on to discover the benefits and drawback to some of the most commonly used sod varieties…
Different Types of Sod
Bermuda Grass: Bermuda grass is a warm-season grass with an extensive and deep root system. It is best used in hot to dry or tropical climates. Requires lots of sun for majority of day so is not well suited for shady areas. However, it is sturdy grass, excellent for high-traffic areas. Not to mention minimal maintenance! Optimum mowing height: 1-2 inches.
Centipede Grass: Also a very low-maintenance, warm-weather grass, Centipede is perfect for a sunny, lush looking lawn in Tallahassee! This variety is moderately tolerant of shade, (does better than Bermuda) however does not recover well from damage therefore should not be used in high-traffic areas of your yard. Optimum mowing height: 1-2 inches.
Rye grass: Rye grass is a cool-season grass and though it does require slightly more maintenance than other varieties, you are rewarded with grass that is sturdy, and is very tolerant of temperature swings (as we are all very accustomed to in Tallahassee lately!) Requires twice-weekly watering (possibly more in the summer). Best to mow with a reel or rotary mower 1- 2.5 in
St. Augustine: St. Augustine is a very common type of turf grass. It is a warm-season grass that thrives in heat, so it will look vibrant and robust during the summer months in Tallahassee! However, come winter time you will see it change to a tan/brown color as it is not well adapted for temperatures under 55deg F. In exchange for this negative quality however, you will get a type of grass that is known for its durability. Optimum mowing height: 2-3 inches to prevent weeds from gaining foothold.
Zoysia Grass: Also a warm-weather grass, Zoysia is known for it’s heat tolerance well up to 100deg F! Tolerates the heaviest traffic out of all grasses. Zoysia is exceptionally hardy! Zoysia is versatile in its placement ability. It will do well in both shade and sun. In addition, Zoysia does not require loads of water. About 1 inch of deep soaking every 4-7 days is all it takes to maintain a healthy lawn of Zoysia grass.
This information provided by The Lawn Institute – www.TheLawnInstitute.org