Select the Best Sod for Your Lawn, Part 2

Chris Jamieson Softscape

Part 1 of this discussion talked about the importance of understanding the local climate, how much the sun shines, and how much foot traffic a lawn is likely to get before selecting the best sod for your lawn. Part 2 will tackle the level of care a chosen grass may require, from soil conditions and fertilizers to mowing strategies. At Lawn Connections, we want you and your lawn to get the best start possible.

Match It to the Soil

As a varietal, St. Augustine likes a light textured soil and can tolerate drought conditions. It can be a great choice for warmer climate zones, and it can hold its color well into the fall season. Zoysia prefers well-drained soil. It may require a little more attention than other grasses, but Zoysia can reward the effort with a beautiful and lush lawn. Learning what type of soil you have and what type of grass thrives in that soil can help you determine the right avenue to go down.

Care and Feeding

While late winter and early spring fertilizing can give the lawn a good fighting chance against weed invasions, a robust lawn needs feeding throughout its growth. Broadleaf weed such as dandelion, chickweed, henbit, burweed and others should be identified so that the correct herbicide can be applied for the chosen sod type.

Mowing and Moisture

In the final lawncare tip, we at Lawn Connections recommend that only one-third of the blade height gets cut at each mowing. Whatever the best sod for your lawn may be, this ensures a healthy moisture level. Also, it is important to limit the clippings left on the grass. A certain amount adds nitrogen and provides a moisture barrier, but too many can choke growth.

We understand what it takes to grow and care for a beautiful lawn. If you are looking to replace or put in new sod, contact Lawn Connections with your questions today at (817) 769-6964. We’ll help you select the best sod for your lawn.