• 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.

  • U.S. Bank Stadium Recycles Over 100,000 Square Feet of Sod

    U.S. Bank Stadium Recycles Over 100,000 Square Feet of SodFresh, healthy sod isn’t just prized by homeowners for its affordability and ease of installation; it’s well-loved by many professional athletes as well. Quality sod can make or break an athlete’s experience on the field. Likewise, when stadiums have especially good sod, teams take notice.

    Such is the case at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis – home of the Minnesota Vikings. In addition to being one of the most modern stadiums in the NFL, U.S. Bank Stadium is known for having particularly nice sod on its field. Earlier this year, the sod received rave reviews from two of the world’s top soccer times after they played an exhibition game at the stadium. In particular, the players remarked on the fact that the sod is much firmer and more comfortable than in many other stadiums they’ve played at.

    This got the stadium’s owners thinking. Why not harvest the sod and sell it to be recycled at other sports venues? And so, just 12 hours after the soccer game that sparked the idea, they recruited a local turf company to help them remove 101,000 square feet of sod from the field.

    Unsurprisingly, the stadium got its fair share of requests from homeowners for strips of the sod. Because it’s grown in sand rather than soil, however, the sod is better suited to sports fields than front lawns. It also takes far more water to maintain than residential sod. But in spite of these practical considerations, there are probably plenty of Vikings fans who would still love to take a piece of the famous turf home with them.

    Stay tuned from more updates from SodLawn – Southern California’s premier source for healthy, great-looking residential and commercial sod.

  • Getting Rid of Crabgrass in Your Los Angeles Lawn

    Getting Rid of Crabgrass in Your Los Angeles LawnCrabgrass is a coarse, low-growing weed that is prevalent in many regions of North America. Here in Southern California, smooth crabgrass is the most common variety. Crabgrass thrives in adverse conditions, particularly intense heat and drought. If left unchecked the plant can spread quickly, leaving unsightly patches of weeds growing in your lawn.

    Because crabgrass grows fastest in unfavorable conditions, the best defense against the weed is a strong, vigorous lawn. By promoting healthy grass growth, you can give your lawn a leg-up on crabgrass and eliminate this troublesome weed.

    Mow Higher

    You can start by raising your mower deck so that the grass in your lawn is able to grow to about 3-4 inches high. This will allow your lawn’s roots to grow deeper and starve budding crabgrass plants of the sunlight they need to grow.

    Water Wisely

    Once again, the goal here is to promote healthy grass growth to combat the spread of crabgrass. To achieve this goal, apply about ½ an inch of water to your lawn twice a week in the cool early morning hours. Watering deeply and infrequently allows water to penetrate the soil more thoroughly, giving your lawn’s root systems the extra boost they need to combat weed invasions.

    Apply Pre-Emergent Herbicide

    If crabgrass has already taken hold in your lawn, you can apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring to eliminate it before it spreads in the summer. Just be careful not to apply herbicide to fresh sod, as this can do more harm than good.

    Interested in revitalizing your lawn this season? Contact us online or give us a call today to find the perfect sod for your property.

  • 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.


    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.

  • Maintaining Your Lawn During a Drought

    Promoting Healthy Root Systems in Your LawnHere in California, we’re in the third year of one of a historic drought that has left many parts of the state, including Los Angeles and other major cities, looking dry and parched. This summer, businesses and homeowners were forced to adhere to strict water conservation rules in an effort to preserve this precious resource. Unsurprisingly, many lawns in California suffered as a result.

    So do we just have to resign ourselves to brown, patchy lawns? Not necessarily. Today we’ll look at a few steps you can take to maintain your lawn in a drought even when you have to limit your regular irrigation cycle.

    Mow Higher

    Raise your mower deck by at least a half inch as soon as you suspect a drought is about to set in. Allowing your grass to grow higher will help the root systems to grow deeper and stronger. This means that they will be better able to extract moisture from the soil and resist the drought.

    Dethatch and Aerate

    These two techniques work in conjunction with one another to allow water to penetrate the soil in your lawn more thoroughly. They can both be easily accomplished with hand tools, or with gas or electric-powered alternatives. Both processes loosen constricted grasses, making them more receptive to water.

    If You Can Water, Water Deeply and Infrequently

    Rather than watering a little bit every day, give your lawn a good long soak once a week or so if possible. Deep, infrequent watering is better for the root systems in your lawn, and consequently for the overall health of your grasses. Water in the cool morning hours so that the water is able to penetrate your lawn before it evaporates in the heat of the sun.

  • Pet-Friendly Weed Control Options

    Pet-Friendly Weed Control OptionsCommercial herbicides might do a pretty good job of killing weeds, but unfortunately their toxic ingredients can be harmful to other organisms as well. Likewise, if you have pets or small children around the house, these chemical weed killers might not be your best option. Fortunately, we have plenty of other pet-safe methods of weed control at our disposal as well.

    Manual Removal

    Pulling weeds out of the ground by their roots might not be the most glamorous option, but it’s effective and entirely safe for your both pets and the surrounding vegetation. It can also be a pretty satisfying method of stress relief. It might not be ideal for widespread weed invasions, but manual removal works just fine for isolated weed growth.

    Boiling Water

    This is a great option for getting rid of those pesky weeds that crop up between the cracks in walkways and along the edge of your driveway. Just heat up a pot of water on the stove, wait for it to boil, and pour it on the weeds. Take care not to pour it on nearby grass or plants, however, as the boiling water will kill the root systems of whatever it touches.

    A Propane Torch

    Using a small flamethrower to kill weeds might make some homeowners a little uneasy, but it’s actually a safe, effective and precise way to control weed growth in your lawn. The flame can be carefully regulated so that it’s just large enough to kill vegetation in a small area. You can buy propane torches designed specifically for weed control applications online or at your local garden supply store.

    Homemade Spray-On Formula

    You can also make a simple solution of natural, pet-safe ingredients to kill the weeds around your home. Start by mixing two cups of water with one cup of vinegar in a plastic spray bottle. Next add about a teaspoon of lemon juice and a few drops of dish soap to help the solution stick to weeds. Spray it on weeds during peak hours of sunshine. Check back in a day or two and the weeds should have wilted away.

  • Differentiating Between Dead and Dormant Grasses

    This time of year, as temperatures drop and rainfall becomes infrequent, lawns all over the country turn dry and brown. At first glance, it might appear that the grass is diseased or even dead. In fact, chances are it’s actually doing something pretty remarkable.

    Dormancy Isn’t a Disease. It’s a Defense Mechanism.

    When grasses are under intense stress, they’re able to redirect resources away from blade growth and towards the preservation of their essential root systems. In essence, dormancy is very similar to hibernation. The grasses conserve water for their roots, while allowing their blades to temporarily whither. Once the stress on the grass is alleviated, the blades will turn green and begin to grow again. Here in California, we tend to see grasses go dormant during periods of drought. Throughout much of the country, grasses go dormant during the winter as well.

    So How Can You Tell if Your Grass is Dead or Just Dormant?

    The easiest way to tell is to water your lawn or wait for rain. If grass is dormant, it will return to normal once it’s been properly hydrated. If it’s dead, it won’t be revived with watering.

    Bear in mind that grass tends to go dormant uniformly as well. If you your lawn is patchy and brown, it may be suffering from a disease or pest infestation. White spots are usually indicative of mold growth. If your lawn hasn’t received much water recently and it turns an even shade of brown, chances are it’s just conserving energy until conditions improve.

  • Get Sod & Show Your Home Off

    For many, our homes are our investment.

    When we put hard work into our homes, we want to show them off. In the end, we want to make sure everything about the looks of the home is aesthetically pleasing.

    Sometimes, though, our hard work can be foiled by our grass.

    Whether it’s the fact that the grass won’t grow strong or the grass is starting to die, it can really put a damper on your landscaping efforts.

    Avoid this letdown and find a solution. Invest in sod for your yard.

    Lay It & Forget It

    Once the sod has been installed, however, you can forget about all of the bald or dead spots on your grass.

    Your yard will look healthier and stronger when the sod has been applied.

    Sod will also keep your yard and the air surrounding it cooler if you decide to show it off on a hot summer day.

    If you have people over, don’t worry if a little precipitation pops up and tries to ruin your day.

    Sod will not create any mud. If you are under a tent on the grass, you won’t have to worry about your or your guest’s shoes.

    Before you send out the invitations, keep in mind that it takes a few weeks for the sod to come in as well as germinate.

    SodLawn specializes in providing fresh and beautiful lawn sod for residential and commercial properties.

    With numerous varieties to choose from, our sod can help give you the lawn you’ve always wanted.

    For more information on our products or our installation options, feel free to contact us today!

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