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Sod Myths Debunked

If you’ve ever admired a neighbor’s flawless, lush, green yard, it’s a good chance it’s made of sod. It’s nearly impossible to achieve a perfect lawn with anything except sod—which is why golf courses almost exclusively use sod. Sod can be a great way to get the yard of your dreams, but unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation about sod flowing around. The first is that it takes more water to support sod, and that simply isn’t true (at least not after the first two weeks).

This myth likely began because it’s critical to fully soak the yard as soon as sod is laid. Watering should continue on alternating days for more weeks as well. This can certainly make it seem like sod is a water hog, but when the sod roots have developed into the soil at two weeks, the watering reduces dramatically. In reality, sod requires less water than a natural lawn once it’s been established. Sod just requires a lot of water early on to make sure it doesn’t dry out. It does take a few months for sod to fully establish a turf, and you might find yourself watering a little more during this period. However, in under one year, sod will become the least thirsty of any established lawn possible.

Don’t Fall for These Sod Stories

You may have heard that sod requires a lot of chemicals, and that isn’t true. In fact, fewer chemicals are used with sod when compared to seeding a lawn. Sod is simply strips of grass that were professionally grown to be weed- and disease-free. Sod is a mature and hyper-healthy turf, so you don’t need as much fertilizer to get it established. Since sod is weed-free, you won’t need to use any herbicides and most homeowners can easily “catch” and remove any weeds that might form in future months right away. When you seed a yard, weed invasions happen because the soil has weed seeds—that isn’t the case with sod. Plus, young seedlings are more vulnerable to bacteria and fungi that cause disease compared to mature seedlings found in sod.

You’ve also probably heard that sod is expensive. It’s true that sod is going to cost more than seeds, but at what ultimate cost? Seeds are inexpensive because they can’t guarantee an even, healthy, attractive turf. In the long run, you’re going to spend a lot more on seeding than that first bag of seeds. Seeding requires ongoing and costlier maintenance and management, plus more water and chemicals, in order to achieve a decent-looking yard. Experts estimate that, when considering your yard as a “long game,” seeding and sod actually cost about the same. The big difference is that you get an immediate, perfect lawn with sod that will never be possible with seeds.

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Sod has many benefits, including enhancing the environment by minimizing sediment loss and runoff. Ready to find out more about sod options for you and your yard? Connect with The Dirt Bag today.

Why Do I Need Sod?

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If you’ve ever seen a neighbor’s yard go from completely dead and full of debris to stunningly gorgeous, that’s the magic of sod. The term “sod” simply refers to grass with a small layer of soil held together by a root system. Sometimes there is also a thin layer of a biodegradable material. Sod can (and is!) used just about anywhere including private lawns for homes and businesses, on golf courses, sports stadiums, and schools. It’s the only way to get instant, perfect, weed-less grass.

There are many reasons homeowners and business owners choose sod rather than waiting for grass to grow the old-fashioned way. Sod is the quickest way to establish a lawn, especially in cases where laying seeds would just be too expensive and time consuming. Sod also helps reduce erosion on hillsides and on new construction sites. It helps to keep the ground a moderate temperature, and considering the instant grass sod provides, it also improves water and air quality of the surrounding area. Sod can even help prevent flooding by draining water and diverting it into the ground.

In some places around the world, sod is even a popular roofing material! You’ll find it on homes in Scandinavia and Iceland. Sod used to be used in the western region of the US many years ago, but that has fallen out of favor. (Of course, you could always be a trendsetter and bring it back!)

Where Sod Comes From

Sod is a crop, which means it’s harvested and then transplanted to the desired site. It’s estimated that 1,500 sod growing farms are active in the US and take up 370,000 acres of land. The US Department of Agriculture has certain rules for growing and selling sod, which keeps sod largely grown and sold locally. Most sod is harvested 10 – 18 months after it’s planted. Fertilizer, climate conditions, and other factors play a role in how quickly this process progresses. You can buy sod as a square slab (best for homeowners) or in a rolled rectangle that is common for new lawn installs or larger projects.

Right now, a hydroponic (no-soil) type of sod is being created at Mississippi State University. This will make sod lighter and easier to travel. It might even make international shipping doable. When it comes to choosing the right sod for you, there are plenty of options. Some of the most popular sods include Bermuda Grass, Bella Bluegrass, St. Augustine, and Centipede Grass. It’s important to choose a sod that’s native to your area and aligns with the kind of future care you’re able to provide.

Not sure which sod is best for you and your lawn goals? Give The Dirt Bag a call! We can help you select the best sod for you and answer all your questions about sod type, placement, and what’s needed to ensure a positive experience. Whether you’re looking to place sod in a small area or want a total lawn installation, sod provides instant gratification.