Lawn Repair

  • Choosing the Right Sod For Your Lawn

    Choosing the Right Sod For Your LawnIf your lawn is looking a bit sad these days, you may be wondering what you can do to bring it back to life. If this is the first time you’ve considered using sod on your lawn, you might think that it’s all the same. In fact, there are many different types of sod available that are well-suited to a variety of environmental conditions.

    Choosing the right sod for your lawn will depend on a few different factors.

    The first thing to consider is your climate. Here in Southern California, where we have many months of dry weather and occasional crazy rains, you want to go with a warm season grass, like St. Augustine, Bermuda or Carpetgrass varieties. These grasses are hearty, and can thrive under long hours of exposure to the hot sun.

    Once you’ve determined the type of sod you need based on your climate, take a look at your yard’s topsoil. Your topsoil could vary in texture from rich and dark brown, to clay-like in texture, to sandy. Each of these will require a different type of sod, and may even require different planting methods.

    The next thing to consider is your irrigation system. If you have built-in irrigation, like many homes in Southern California do, take this into consideration when choosing your sod. If you don’t have built-in irrigation, decide whether you want to choose a sod that will need to be watered less frequently—or, while you are working on the lawn anyway, it may be a good time to have an irrigation system installed.

    The best time to plant in our area is the late summer, so if you’re ready to outfit your lawn with fresh sod, don’t wait! Get your quote online, or give us a call today to learn more!

  • Repair Your Lawn With Sod in Sacramento

    Repair Your Lawn With Sod in SacramentoWhen we discuss the virtues of sod, we typically talk about how easy and affordable it is to use to quickly establish an entirely new lawn. Rather than spending months caring for seed and hoping it will grow in healthy and weed-free, sod allows homeowners to get a big head start on the grass-growing process.

    But growing a whole new lawn isn’t the only reason to use sod. You can use smaller pieces of sod to repair unsightly damage to your lawn as well. Maybe you had a guest drive across your lawn and tear up the turf adjacent to your driveway. Or maybe you’ve got a new puppy who decided to practice digging in the back yard. Whatever the source of the damage, sod is an inexpensive, easy way to restore the affected parts of your lawn.

    Start by Assessing the Damage  

    Measure the area of the damaged section of lawn, and plan to purchase a piece of sod about 1/3 larger than that area. It’s always better to have extra material, rather than not enough. Be sure to order a species of sod that’s similar, if not identical to the grass that’s already in your lawn.

    Next, Prep the Area

    Before lay your new sod, use a hoe and rake to remove any remaining dead grass from the damaged area. Rake slightly past the edges of the damaged area if necessary to form an even rectangular patch of soil for the sod to rest on. Dig about ¾ of an inch down, and apply a fresh layer of compost or peat moss to provide the new sod with added nutrients. Finally, water the area, and then tamp it down to ensure the soil is level with the rest of your lawn.

    Laying the Sod  

    Before you lay your new sod, use a sod cutter or sharp utility knife to cut the sod to fit the space. Again, bear in mind that you can always cut more material away, but you can’t add material. Once you’ve cut the sod to the appropriate size, lay it on the soil and “knit” the edges of the sod to the adjacent grass by folding and pressing them together. Press the sod down so that it’s level with the rest of your lawn, and then water it thoroughly.

    Once you’re done laying the sod, just follow our new sod care guidelines until it’s matured and firmly rooted in the soil. And there you have it! In just a few simple steps, you can have that damaged patch of your lawn looking good as new.

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