What type of sod should I use?
- The best sod for your lawn largely depends on where you live. If you live in the North, where temperatures are cool throughout the year, you’ll want to opt for a cool-season grass, such ss tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass.
- If you live in the South, warm-season grasses will grow best in the warmer climate. Warm-season grasses include, but are not limited to, bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, and St. Augustine grass.
- If you live in the transition zone where cold and hot temperatures make up most of the year, both cool-season and warm-season grasses will grow well, but only a select few.
- With scorching hot summers and frigid winters, your sod should have a tolerance for either extreme temperature. For example, while tall-fescue is a cool-season grass, it’s heat-tolerance will help it survive the transition zone’s sweltering summer better than other cool-season grasses.
- Check with your local or state cooperative extension to see which warm-season or cool-season grasses are recommended for your region. The sod to use will vary depending on environmental factors where you live, such as soil type, soil salinity, and rainfall.
How do I keep the sod healthy after installation?
Here are five steps to take to keep your sod healthy after installation:
- Water your sod within 30 minutes of installation.
- For two weeks after installation, water your sod once a day with small amounts of water. This encourages rooting of your sod. Use enough water to keep the soil and sod moist, but not soaked. Newly installed sod can dry out quickly, so ensure your sod is getting enough moisture during hot, windy days.
- Gently lift the sides of the sod to see if roots are developing. As more roots begin to penetrate the soil, decrease the watering frequency, but increase the amount of water you use. Reducing the frequency and increasing the water amount will help encourage a deep root system.
- Avoid mowing your lawn until your sod is fully established. Once the grass reaches a height of 4 inches, it’s typically safe to mow. Start at a high mowing height, such as 3 or 3.5 inches — you don’t want to scalp your new lawn. Make sure the mowing blade is sharp; otherwise you risk tearing your grass rather than cutting it.
- After four to six weeks of installation, fertilize your new sod according to any recommendations from a soil test, and apply one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet for healthy, dense turf.
What's a fair price for sod installation?
Expect to pay around $385 for sod installation. Costs can range between $250 and $1,250 or more depending on your yard’s size, the sod you choose, and preparation.