Nothing adds more curb appeal to your home or business than a nice stand of grass. There are a few different ways to go about creating the beautiful yard you’ve always wanted, though none compare to rolling out an instant green lawn with sod. Sod is professionally grown on a farm and harvested by large machines once it reaches maturity. The benefits of laying sod over installing plugs or spreading seed are numerous. Sod can be put down year-round regardless of the soil temperature. It may take it a little longer to root in if you lay it in a dormant season, but with proper watering and fertilization you’ll be on your way to yard-of-the-month in no time. If you choose to sow your new lawn with seed rather than sod, keep in mind that it will take a few good growing seasons along with perfect maintenance techniques to achieve the same results. It’s not impossible, it just takes a more hands-on approach. Also keep in mind that timing is everything when it comes to aerating, overseeding and applying herbicides, fertilizers, etc.
The two main categories of turf grasses are cool-season and warm-season. Here in the Charlotte NC area, we’re fortunate enough to have the choice as to which type of turf to install. It’s really a personal preference, though the most widely used grass in our area is a turf-type Tall Fescue, which is considered a cool-season grass. Feel free to click on the following links to learn more about these options: