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A sod consists of grass and a little layer of soil beneath it held together by its root or another thin layer of material. It’s a natural bed of grass which is grown locally, mostly on special farms and distributed for use in various places like residential, commercial and academic, and sports facilities.

Much like artificial turfs, sods are movable grass beds so they provide instant natural greenness wherever they’re installed. Sods make the best option for people who want to have natural grass on their lawns but are unable to invest the time and efforts it takes to grow grass on their yards. But make no mistake, once sods are installed, it costs as much effort to maintain as grass that’s originally grown on the lawn. Keep reading to find out more about sods and how you can get the best out of the practice.

What is Sodding?


Sodding involves all the practices associated with cultivating, removing and laying sods. Sodding shares similarities with typical grass planting but it’s a little more complicated. It begins with the cultivation of turf grasses on slim layer of soil such that they can be scraped off the ground as carpets. Sods are typically harvested within 10 to 18 months after planting.

Is Sodding Important?

Sodding is of immense relevance to lawns, golf courses and sports stadiums everywhere. Besides being able to establish an instant grass floor, sods are also important for quick replacement of dried, brown patches on fields. This feature translates into greater ease for the landscaper in managing a scenery and keeping its appearance consistent. Sodding is also ideal for improving the aesthetics of a domestic residence or work environment. Several home owners are now adapting to the style of using sods to create instant lawns and gardens to leave a warm impression on visitors. Besides, natural turfs like sods are useful for improving coolness, controlling soil erosion, and improving surrounding air quality.

What Grasses are Used for Sodding?

Before laying turfgrass on your yard, it is important to consider certain factors before you decide on the grass variety to purchase from your local supplier. There are two classes of grass seeds which blossom at different seasons of the year and at different geographical areas. These are:

Sodding Grass

  • Warm Season Grass

Common warm season grasses like, St Augustine grass, Bermuda grass, Bahia grass, and Centipede grass, experience their most active growth during the late spring and early summer. This period guarantees a fairly higher atmospheric temperature throughout the southern parts of America, thus providing these grasses a suitable environment for maximum growth rates. More specific details about these grasses are explored below:

  • St Augustine Grass

This is a perennial grass of tropical origin. They are commonly grown in the tropics of Africa, Mexico, and Australia. It exhibits poor adaption to cold weather and is adversely affected by it.

  • Bermuda Grass

This grass is commonly used on golf courses. Its resilient and aggressive nature makes it the most suitable grass for lawns that have to withstand more impact from feet and foot wear. The flaw of this specie is that it’s susceptible to shade or inadequate sunlight.

  • Cool Season Grass

Typical cool season grasses are tall fescue, perennial ryegrasses, and Kentucky bluegrass. Theses grasses blossom in the northern areas of America between late fall and early summer. Around this time, the temperature of the soil swings between 50°F and 65°F, the optimum temperature range for cool season grass bloom. Take a closer look at their distinctions below:

  • Tall Fescue

This cool season class of grasses originate from Europe. They exhibit moderate tolerance to drought, and are well-adapted to clay soils. Tall Fescues are commonly affected by brown patch and Fusarium patch diseases. They attain their best appearance in spring and fall, but require frequent watering through summer.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass

If you’re prepared to commit to its demanding maintenance, this grass variety promises a rich lawn of fine texture. Its bloom is hardly affected by winter, but stunted by draught. It has high disease resistance and strong persistence.

Kentucky Bluegrass

Hiring a Landscaping Company for All Your Sodding Needs

Maintaining a good-looking lawn and reaping its benefits entails dedicated effort and sacrifice. Behind every successful lawn is a bulk of costs and intensive care, which can only be provided by someone with substantial knowledge about best practices in sodding and lawn management.

Even as sodding may involve simple practices and comprehensible DIY steps, there are specific procedures that you may not be able to carry out on your own, due to lack of materials. At some point, consider relaxing and rely on experts to do what they do best. Eden is one such reliable team of landscaping experts you can trust to take care of your sodding and other landscape concerns. Put a call through today and find out what it’ll take to create an instant lawn for you.

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