Planting Seed

  • Ever Wonder How Sod is Grown and Harvested?

    Ever Wonder How Sod is Grown and Harvested?You’re not alone. Cultivating sod is a labor of love that requires a great deal of patience and attention to detail. For their product to be marketable, sod farmers must be careful to grow turf that’s healthy, robust and weed-free. This is easier said than done, particularly when sod farms grow many different types of turf to accommodate various environmental conditions. Regardless of what type of sod is being grown, the process begins the same way.

    Prep Work

    Before seeds can be planted, the soil must be thoroughly tilled, raked and cleared of rocks and vegetation. Next a fresh layer of compost is spread to fertilize the soil with the nutrients it needs for turf to flourish.  Then, the land is tilled again to loosen the existing soil and mix in the compost.

    Planting and Care

    Once the soil has been prepped, it’s time to plant. Sod farms typically either grow their sod from high-quality seed blends or hybrid sprigs. Once the seeds are planted, it can take anywhere from 10 months to two years to cultivate turf before its ready for harvest. This involves an intensive regimen of watering, mowing and fertilizing. The sod farms in our area grow a number of different types of sod at any given time. Some of these are drought tolerant, others thrive in low-light conditions, and others are ideal for high-traffic areas.

    Harvesting

    Now comes the fun part. Once the turf has matured, it can be harvested using a specially-designed machine that lifts strips of sod out of the earth like long rolls of carpet. The harvesting process is remarkably satisfying to see in action. The harvesters take not only the sod, but a few inches of the underlying soil so that the root systems have a base in which to grow.

    The sod farms we work with don’t harvest sod until they receive an order. This means that you receive your sod order no more than 24 hours after it was harvested. Before you know it, you’ll have a great-looking, healthy lawn of fresh turf. Get your quote online or give us a call today to learn more.

  • Benefits of Choosing Sod Rather Than Seed in Sacramento

    Benefits of Choosing Sod Rather Than Seed in SacramentoFor many homeowners a lush, green lawn is something to strive for. Unfortunately, achieving that goal isn’t always so easy. Every year, a variety of environmental conditions conspire to undo your hard work and turn your lawn into a patchwork of gray and brown. If you want to replace all or part of your lawn, you have two options: seed and sod. Each have their virtues, but we’re firm believers that here in Southern California, sod is the way to go.

    Flexible Timing

    To ensure that it germinates and takes root in the soil, planting seed takes precise timing and care. If you miss that window of opportunity, you can wind up with an unfinished-looking lawn that becomes crowded with weeds. Sod, on the other hand, can be planted anytime during the growing season as long as you keep it watered. It’s also far less prone to weed growth, and can be planted in somewhat more unfavorable conditions than seed.

    Less Mess

    Until seed begins to sprout and spread, your yard can look like a brown, muddy mess. During this period your yard may also suffer from increased erosion due to rainfall. Sod provides you with an instant lawn that holds the soil in place and minimizes the amount of dust and dirt that gets scattered around your property.

    Nearby Sod Farms

    We’re fortunate enough to be able to source our sod locally from farms right here in California. We work with 5 different farms in Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno, Redding and Sacramento that each offer different varieties of sod. We can help you find the right sod for your property, and then have it delivered to your home just 24 hours after its been harvested from one of these farms.

    Want to learn more about how sod can give you the healthy, green lawn you’ve always wanted? Give us a call today to speak with a representative and receive a free custom quote for your property.

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