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  • Reasons to Choose Sod Over Seed

    SodIs the grass in your lawn starting to look a little bit too bare for your liking? There are a couple of ways you can change that. You can either lay down sod or spread seeds to get the look you’re going for. In addition, while both of these methods are effective, sod is the better choice for a number of different reasons. Check out some of the reasons you should choose sod below:

    Sod Will Revamp Your Lawn Right Away

    Using natural grass seed to change the look of your lawn will likely work, but it will take a long time for you to see real results. Once you spread grass seed around on your lawn, you will need to wait weeks, if not months, for the grass to grow. During that time, you won’t be able to use your lawn much, and you will have to sit around and watch it take shape. Sod can be laid down in a matter of just hours, and after some initial maintenance, you can start enjoying it almost right away.

    Sod Requires Less Labor on Your Part

    While the physical act of laying down sod might seem overwhelming to some people, it’s actually not that difficult to do and doesn’t take a whole lot of time. On the other hand, seeding a lawn can take multiple applications of seed and can wear you out if you’re not prepared for it. You need to be incredibly diligent and patient when seeding a lawn, and it’s a lot more work than you might be expecting it to be.

    Sod can be Laid Down at Just About Any Time of the Year

    In order to get grass to grow through the use of seed, you need to apply it at the right time. You can’t do it during the warmer summer months or the colder winter months. There are small windows of time in the fall and spring when seeding is usually ideal. But sod can be laid down whenever you want. You might not want to do it in the dead of summer or winter, but you have more options when it comes to laying down sod than you do with seeding.

    Do you want to learn more about how sod could benefit you? SodLawn can provide you with sod and show you how to care for it so that it makes your lawn look great again. Call us at 888-763-5296 today to learn more about the sodding process and how it can transform your yard.

  • Which Grasses Grow Best in the Shade?

    GrassDo you have a lot of shade in your yard? If so, you’re going to need to think long and hard about what kind of grass you grow in it. If you pick grass that needs a lot of sun to flourish, you are obviously going to run into big problems when you plant it in the shade.

    Fortunately, there are a few different types of grass that will grow in the shade if your yard has numerous trees in it. It will be important for you to remember that you will need to give extra TLC to grass that grows in the shade. Since it doesn’t get a lot of sun, if any, it can be difficult for it to rebound from heavy traffic or overwatering. But by planting these types of grass, you can maintain your lawn despite the shady conditions.

    St. Augustine Grass

    For those who live in coastal areas, St. Augustine grass is a great option. Specifically, the Seville, Delmar, and Captiva varieties of St. Augustine grass will usually have no problem growing in the shade. And the good thing about St. Augustine grass is that it also handles the sun well, if necessary. So if you have a yard that is shaded in some areas but has full sun exposure in others, you won’t have to worry about your St. Augustine grass wilting away.

    Manila Grass

    For those who live in hot, dry areas of the country, Manila grass is probably your best bet. St. Augustine grass also works well in these conditions, but Manila grass does, too, because it can deal with the heat effectively. Even if your grass is in the shade, it’s still going to get a lot of heat and Manila grass won’t have any problem managing it.

    Kentucky Bluegrass

    You’ll need to be careful here, because not all Kentucky Bluegrass performs well in the shade. But for those who live in cold and wet climates, the Glade, Coventry, Moonlight, Showcase, Brilliant, Liberator, Nuggett, and Quantum varieties of Kentucky Bluegrass are known for handling the shade. Just try not to overwater shaded grass if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain since it could lead moss to grow.

    Growing grass in a shaded yard can be very challenging. If you need help putting down sod in a shady area or maintaining it once it’s down, SodLawn is here to help. Call us at 888-763-5296 today to learn how we can help you get the grass you’re looking for in your yard.

  • How Long Should You Wait to Use Herbicides on Fresh Sod?

    How Long Should You Wait to Use Herbicides on Fresh Sod?Sod is transplanted mature turf that is grown on a farm, and then rolled out like a rug on your property. Sod provides an easy option for instantly cultivating a lush, green yard. But to ensure the health and longevity of the grass, sod needs time to take root after being laid in your lawn.  

    Premium, high-quality sod is typically weed-free when you receive it. However, weeds may appear when you lay new sod over soil that already contains live weeds. If weeds appear in your new sod, you need to exercise caution before using herbicides to control them.  

     

    Timing is Important 

     

    Fresh sod needs time for its roots to anchor into the soil and spread out and grow. Sod is vulnerable when you first roll it out, and thus must be protected damage due to mishaps. Before applying herbicides to sod, then, give it at least three weeks to establish itself in your lawn. If possible, pull up weeds manually rather than using herbicides during this critical period of growth. However be careful not walk on newly planted sod if to wet, it could disturb your finial grade.  

     

    What Kind of Weed Killer Should I Use?  

     

    Make sure the weed killer you pick is labeled for use on the turf species in your lawn. Consider a selective post-emergent herbicide in a spray bottle or tank sprayer  with a controllable stream; this way, you can easily spot-treat the weeds in your new sod. 

     

    Pre-emergent herbicides prevent weeds from growing, but if you lay sod in spring or fall it may be too late to use this kind of herbicide. You could use it the next year if needed, but once your sod is down, focus on post-emergent herbicides instead. Just take care to focus on the isolated weeds to avoid causing collateral damage to the surrounding turf.  

     

    For more helpful advice on how to care for your new sod, check out our complete care guidelines here. 

  • Rain and Snowpack Bring Drought Relief to California

    Rain and Snowpack Bring Drought Relief to CaliforniaAfter living for five years in a drought of historic proportions, Californians are finally seeing relief from a dry spell that some thought might never end. A year ago, more than 90 percent of the state was in some level of drought. Today, thanks to weeks of record-setting rain and heavy snowpack in the north, less than 20 percent of the state is facing drought conditions. Furthermore, no part of the state is experiencing “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions.

    In Santa Barbara, the massive Cachuma Lake reservoir rose a remarkable 31 feet in February following days of intense rain. Earlier this season, the reservoir had fallen to just seven percent of its capacity, raising concerns that it could no longer function as a regional water supply.

    Meanwhile, in Northern California, the Sierra Nevada snowpack is at nearly twice its normal level. In fact, the region hasn’t had this much snow since 1993. This snowpack is a crucial component of California’s drought relief, providing roughly 30 percent of the state’s annual water supply.

    The State Water Resources Control Board hasn’t ended its emergency drought restrictions yet, but they have pledged to revisit the restrictions in May. If the current weather trends persist, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we will see an end to water restrictions throughout much, if not all, of the state.

    With California’s drought finally coming to an end, there’s never been a better time to revitalize your lawn with fresh California sod. We source our sod from farms all over Southern California, so it can be delivered right to your door within 24 hours of being harvested. We also (depending on your area) offer over a dozen sod varieties to suit the unique needs of each of our customers, including drought tolerant sods, native sods and alternative sods. Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more.

  • Preventing and Repairing Lawn Burn From Dogs

    Preventing and Repairing Lawn Burn From DogsAs much as we might love our four-legged friends, there’s no doubt that dogs can do a number on a lawn. The most common type of dog-related lawn damage is lawn burn, a condition caused by the high nitrogen content in dog urine. Lawn burn is easy to spot – it’s typically found in small white circles in the spots where your dog urinates.

    Before you treat for lawn burn, it’s important to make sure that your dog is the root of the problem, and not something else like a grub infestation. Test for lawn burn by pulling at the grass in the affected areas. If it comes right up by the roots, chances are you have a grub problem on your hands. If the roots remain intact, your dog is the culprit.

    Once you’ve confirmed that your dog is causing lawn burns, there are a few steps you can take to remedy the issue. You can start by ensuring your dog has access to a quality, high-protein diet. A high-protein diet will reduce the nitrogen content in their urine, and consequently reduce the risk of lawn burn. Make sure your dog drinks plenty of water as well. This will dilute their urine and reduce its nitrogen concentration.

    Heavily fertilized lawns are also more likely to suffer from lawn burn. This is because nitrogen is a key ingredient in fertilizers. While a little nitrogen is good for grasses, too much can cause burns. Likewise, the added nitrogen in dog urine can be enough to damage lawns that have been freshly fertilized. If your lawn doesn’t need extra fertilizer, hold off until next season.

    Some grasses are also more resistant to urine damage than others. Fescues and perennial ryegrasses tend to be particularly urine-resistant, while Kentucky bluegrass and Bermuda grasses are more likely to suffer from lawn burn.

    In a healthy lawn, isolated burned areas should recover gradually over time. For more extensive burns, you can repair the damage by patching it with fresh sod.  This is an easy fix that can get rid of lawn burns in no time. Just be sure to water the fresh sod regularly and avoid walking on it until it has taken root in your yard.

    Need a hand finding durable, dog-resistant grasses for your lawn? Browse our sod varieties online or give us a call today to learn more!

  • Environmentally-Friendly Alternatives to Chemical Herbicides

    Environmentally-Friendly Alternatives to Chemical HerbicidesYou’ve made an investment in your new yard, and we are just as invested in helping you maintain a healthy yard that you and your whole family can enjoy for many years. Chemical herbicides might work well in many cases, but inappropriate use can harm beneficial plants, leech into the groundwater, and can have a negative impact on the local ecosystem as a whole. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to chemical herbicides that are both effective and safe. Please be cautious in using some of these methods as they are not selective in what they kill.

    Boiling Water

    As simple as it sounds, pouring boiling water over their stems and leaves is a great way to get rid of unwanted weeds, especially in tight spots like the cracks of a driveway. Boiling water will destroy the root systems of weeds, preventing them from coming back in the future. Just be sure not to pour any onto your other plants, or they could get taken down with the weeds.

    Borax

    Also known as sodium borate, borax is a naturally-occurring compound that can be easily dissolved in water to create an effective herbicidal treatment. It’s also found in a variety of other household products such as laundry detergents and cleaning solutions. To make a borax-based herbicide, just mix 10 ounces of powdered borax in 2.5 gallons of water. After the borax has been thoroughly dissolved, apply it to weeds in a spray bottle, and be careful to avoid overspray on other plants and grasses.

    Salt

    Salt is a natural herbicide. It is important, however, to only salt the leaves of the weeds directly, and not to cover the soil around the weeds. When salt gets into the soil, it can kill desirable plants as well. Dissolve 1 part salt in 8 parts hot water, add a squirt of dish soap, and pour into a spray bottle. Apply your solution directly to the leaves of the weeds and take care to avoid nearby plants you want to preserve.

    Vinegar

    Spraying a little white vinegar onto the leaves of weeds can keep them under control as well. Grocery store vinegar will do, but more acidic vinegar is also available at your local home and garden store. You can also combine a little rock salt with the white vinegar for added weed-killing power.

    And remember, if all else fails you can always remove weeds the old fashioned way and pull them right out by their roots! Just be sure to wear a pair of sturdy gloves to protect your hands from thorns and thistles.

    Stay tuned for more lawn care tips from Southern California’s premier source for healthy, locally grown sod – Sodlawn.

  • Autumn Rains Relieve Drought Conditions in California

    Autumn Rains Relieve Drought Conditions in CaliforniaNearly three years ago, California state officials issued a drought emergency which is still in effect today. Living for years with restrictions on watering lawns, filling pools, and even flushing toilets has been exhausting, but we have some good news. According to NBC, almost ¼ of The Golden State has been able to lower their drought restrictions thanks to heavy autumn rains.

    If you’ve spent much time Southern California, you know that rainy days are few and far between. There are only about 36 days of rain per year in Los Angeles. That’s compared to about 113 days of precipitation in New York City.

    The rains that have hit Northern California may have ended the drought for certain parts of the state, but some water officials are skeptical that the reprieve will last. One wet autumn does not make up for years of drought. But, this is the first time in more than three years that this much of the state is not under drought restrictions.

    For the most part, residents have been taking the drought in stride—opting for drought-resistant plants in their yards, replacing their old toilets in favor of new models that use less water, and conserving water usage overall. While this has been a frustrating few years for people who have especially large lawns to maintain, the lifting of drought regulations in Northern California is a good sign that perhaps the worst of the drought is behind us.

    If you live in Southern California and want to give your lawn a makeover with fresh, locally-grown sod, contact us at Sod Lawn today. We have drought-resistant sod options that can be resilient if the dry weather continues. In the meantime, we’ll continue to hope for more precipitation in the near future.

  • How and Why to Overseed Your Lawn

    How and Why to Overseed Your Lawn This FallWhen landscapers talk about overseeding, it simply means sowing seeds in a lawn that’s already been established, rather than seeding bare soil. This process can help to fill bare spots, repair damage in your lawn, and fortify it during the growing season. It’s an easy, effective way to reverse thinning grass and revitalize a lawn.

    First you’ll need to determine whether you have warm or cool-season grass in your lawn, and then find a seed mix to match. If you live around Sacramento or Los Angeles, chances are you have warm-season grass in your lawn. In Northern California, on the other hand, homeowners are more likely to have cool-season grasses.

    For cool-season grasses, you should typically overseed in the fall when temperatures fall and the soil is moist. This will prepare your lawn for dormancy and give seeds a chance to take root before the winter. For warm-season grasses, consider overseeding in late-spring when the growing season starts to pick up momentum.

    Before you overseed, you’ll need to prepare your lawn. The key here is to provide the seed with ideal conditions for growth. Mow the grass short, and make sure to remove excess clippings to prevent thatch and soil compaction. Spread the seed on your lawn by hand or with a mechanical spreader, paying extra attention to damaged areas. After you’ve sown the seeds, you’ll need to water your lawn generously and frequently until the seedlings grow to the height of the mature grasses. You can still mow as needed, but try to limit activity on the lawn during this period as well.

    Once the seedlings catch up with the growth of the rest of your lawn, you’re done! Thanks to a little bit of extra seed, your lawn will stay healthy and lush all year.

  • Is a Push Reel Mower Right for You?

    Is a Push Reel Mower Right for You?When choosing a new mower for your lawn, there are a few things to take into consideration. What kind of experience do you want to have while mowing? How much can you spend? How much lawn do you have to mow?  Recently, push reel mowers have become increasingly popular among people who want to save money and protect the environment. These mowers might have fallen out of favor following the advent of gas-powered motors, but in fact they can be ideal for relatively small lawns.

    If you have a particularly hilly lawn, or a lot of acreage that is impossible to cover on foot in a few hours, a push mower may not be right for you. Keep in mind that obstacles like retaining walls, barbecue pits, and swing sets could also be tricky to maneuver around. But for people with more modest yards who are willing to do a little extra work, the push reel mowers offer a few important benefits.

    First of all, push reel mowers are silent, so you won’t have to worry about bothering the neighbors if early Sunday morning is your preferred time to mow. Plus, they typically come in sizes as small as 15 inches, so if you have a really narrow or oddly-shaped yard, push reel mowers may be better suited to your needs than a regular mower. Push reel mowers are also widely regarded as an environmentally-friendly option because they don’t burn fuel.

    These classic mowers are no longer a thing of the past. Recent improvements have made them light, comfortable to work with, and efficient. If you have a small yard and a desire to save a little money on fuel and maintenance, a push reel mower might be a great option to consider.

    Stay tuned for more lawn care tips from the folks at SodLaw!

  • When and Why You Should Aerate Your Lawn

    When and Why You Should Aerate Your LawnAerating your lawn is an important part of caring for it each season. This process of punching small holes in the soil helps strengthen your lawn by freeing tangled grass and constricted roots, and allowing compacted soil to receive some extra air, water and nutrients. When you don’t aerate your lawn, excess thatch and debris on the top of the lawn can starve the grass’ roots of water and nutrients, and ultimately cause the grass to die.

    There are two methods of aerating.

    The first one involves removing soil cores.  With this method, the aerating machine actually pulls small chunks of soil out of the lawn in order to create open channels in the remaining soil. These channels allow the root systems underneath the lawn bed to have greater access to fresh air and water, which will make grasses grow stronger.

    The second method of aerating involves simply punching holes in your lawn with a tool such as a pitchfork. This method works to break up soil in the same way, but if your lawn is already severely compacted, this method could cause further compaction.

    The best time to aerate your lawn is during the height of the growing season when your grass will quickly fill in any holes that are punched or removed. The peak of the growing season will vary depending on what area of the country you live in and what type of grass you have.

    Stay tuned for more updates from Southern California’s premier source for fresh, healthy sod – Sodlawn.

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