Sod selection, what to ask.

March 19, 2020

Choosing the right sod type for application, water use and soil type will alleviate potential issues in the future.

 

We want grass to maximize performance as well as reduce inputs such as water, fertilizers and chemical sprays. When we reduce inputs we save resource, time and money.

 

Questions to ask prior to choosing sod type:

What kind of soil, sandy, clay or a mix? Get your hands in the dirt and get a feel for what you will be growing your sod in. Sand has a gritty feel to it while clay is powdery and when wet sticky. Sandy soils have a low water and nutrient holding capacity as water rushes down through the soil profile. Watering sandy soils should be light and frequent. Clay soil stays wet and cooler longer. Watering clay soil should be heavy and infrequently as water in clay soil moves slowly down the soil profile.

 

 Where does the water come from, is it well water, retention pond or city water? Well water and retention ponds can be higher in mineral and salt contents eliminating the longevity of grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and bluegrass blends. City water can get expensive when using a high water use grass like Kentucky bluegrass, bluegrass blends and perennial rye grass.

 

Additional questions:

What does the area being sodded look like, excessive sun or shade, slopes or berms? Is there a leach field or high water table? What kind of plants are already growing? What is the project, home lawn, sports field, park, school or greenbelt?

 

Turf Master has developed and trademarked ™ several sod types that are more conducive to regional soil types, low amount of natural precipitation and can cover a wide range of grass growing projects when managed properly.

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