Five Advantages of Sod Replacement

sodMany North Americans take great pride in their expanses of green lawn.  However, what happens when you’re starting anew and have no lawn to begin with?  You can either grow a lawn from scratch using seed or you can install sod – which are precut sections of dirt that already have grass growing on them.  This article will go over five advantages of using sod when starting a new lawn.

Instant Results

Because the grass is already healthily growing on strips of sod, once they’re installed you’ll have what appears to be a fully functioning lawn.  You’ll need to be careful about walking on the lawn until the sod digs its roots into the soil, but as opposed to growing from seed, you won’t be staring at a bald patch of dirt for months before a lawn finally begins to appear.

Cost

The fact is that installing a sod lawn costs less than trying to grow from seed.  The initial costs may seem like sod costs more, but the nurturing needed to grow a lawn from seed will ultimately increase its prices.  The time and money spent weeding, watering, fertilizing and reseeding a lawn grown from seed will be much greater than the installation costs of sod.

Grass Health

When installing a sod lawn, you’ll know that the grass has been grown professional and under optimal conditions.  Sod will be grown in top quality soil while being carefully watered and fertilized to create a healthy foundation for your lawn.  Compared to the variable conditions of the dirt patch surrounding your house, the controlled conditions of a sod farm will produce higher quality grass almost every time.

No Need To Reseed

Sod will have already been grown to an optimal density before it gets laid out around your yard.  As opposed to growing from seed, this means you won’t need to reseed the bald patches every year until you finally get a decent looking lawn.  Not only that, but a sod lawn will start off weed free. In the case of a lawn grown from seed you’ll need to spend significant time and energy making sure the weeds don’t outcompete your grass.

Erosion Prevention

While waiting for your lawn to grow from seed, there’s always the possibility that a rainstorm could strip your yard of its valuable topsoil.  This could be devastating to your lawn growing hopes. Installing a sod lawn immediately protects the topsoil and ensures it doesn’t get washed away in the rain.

What to Do After Sod Replacement

sod replacement bramptonThere are many benefits to having a sod replacement planted at your home, not least that you are instantly blessed with a lush green carpet that adorns your outdoor space. You avoid going through the painstaking process of growing your lawn from seed, which takes considerably more planning and preparation, and even then can still go wrong if you don’t possess the knowledge of a landscaping expert. However, after a sod replacement is planted, it’s crucial that you are extremely attentive and take great care while your new lawn goes about establishing its root system in your yard. Pyramid Contracting Inc. has carried out thousands of sod replacement jobs over an existence that spans almost three decades and we are well aware of what it takes to ensure your new sod stays healthy.

Tips to Follow When Having a Sod Replacement Planted at Your Property

After having new sod laid down the period that immediately follows is critical in determining whether it will successfully establish itself or not. For around a month after it is initially planted we would recommend that you don’t set foot on it whatsoever and that you carefully follow the tips found below.

How to Properly Water Your New Sod

At this early stage it’s crucial that your new sod is properly watered as this will help it to establish healthy, evenly distributed root systems that are vital to your lawn’s long term health. Irrigation systems are the best way to ensure the sod’s need for water is fulfilled and if you don’t have one you might want to think about purchasing several basic sprinkler systems that you can spread out at various points across your lawn to ensure the entire surface area is covered. For the first 14 days it’s necessary to water the sod replacement three times each day; once thoroughly during the afternoon (4 or 5pm is ideal) for around half an hour, and two “lighter” sessions either side lasting 15 or 20 minutes. After the initial two weeks you should notice that the sod has taken root and from that point onwards you should very gradually reduce the number of times you are watering per day, but increase the length of the sessions that do remain. Eventually you should only be watering the sod once per week, which will encourage the root systems to grow deeper. At this point the hard work has been done and you simply need to ensure that the sod continues to receive approximately 1 inch of water every 7 days. However, should you experience heavy rainfall in the area where you live, which is quite possible in Mississauga, Brampton or Oakville, then the amount of water you apply during this phase should be reduced otherwise you run the risk of drowning your sod.

Applying Fertilizer

Whenever sod replacement is completed, fertilizer plays a key role in helping the new sod to establish itself and ultimately thrive in your yard. When laying the new sod we typically apply a starter fertilizer (13-25-12), which helps to encourage growth during the initial period, before switching to a slower release fertilizer (12-4-4) to sustain growth and fight off disease. We generally recommend applying this fertilizer in June, September and October.

Mowing Your New Lawn

You can’t start mowing until your sod replacement has properly taken root, which will typically be 2 weeks after it is planted. Generally speaking, wait until the grass blades are roughly 3 inches long and only take a fraction (half an inch) of this off when you mow, as cutting it any shorter will have a negative impact on the depth to which the roots grow. Cut the sod with a cylinder type mower if possible, but if you do use a rotary mower ensure the blade is properly sharpened as a blunt blade will “tear” the grass rather than “cut” it and leave it more vulnerable to lawn diseases.
Finally, have a little patience when caring for your sod replacement; while less time consuming than growing your lawn from seed, a sod replacement still needs time to establish itself and develop into a healthy lawn. The best way to ensure this occurs is to properly water, fertilize and mow it.

For further information on sod replacement with one of our landscaping professionals in Erin, Hillsburgh, Orangeville, Guelph, Caledon, Brampton, Mississauga and Milton, call at (905) 846-7664.

Sod replacement types and information

Unlike planting a lawn from scratch or even re-seeding an existing lawn, sod replacement results in immediate satisfaction as it’s ready-made. All you have to do is water and feed it, and it can be a thing of landscaping beauty from one year to the next.

Of course, sod isn’t made in a factory or stitched together one blade at a time by elves who need something to do in the spring. No, sod is grown in a controlled, farm-like setting where it’s nurtured and cared for until it’s ready to fly the coop, so to speak. Interestingly enough, the whole concept of a sod farm was introduced in Ontario in the 1950s by a farmer named William Ruthven who developed a 900 acre turf farm from scratch and jump started an entire industry that thrives 50 years later like never before.

Sod is grown in a controlled setting where the environment – weather and the soil, primarily – are most conducive to sustained, seasonal production. Any successful sod replacement starts with how the sod is grown to begin with, and important factors include: Soil type (loam is usually the best), the depth of the soil and uniformity of the soil depth and the depth within a contained area, and the kinds of drainage systems available.

There are many species used for sod production, including: Kentucky Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass/Fine Fescue, Fine Fescue/Kentucky Bluegrass Sod, Creeping Bentgrass, Turf-type Perennial Ryegrass, Fine-Leafed Fescues, Turf Type Tall Fescue, Supina Bluegrass, and Weeping Alkaligrass.

Kentucky Bluegrass sod is the most popular for sod replacement in Ontario because of how well it adapts to cool, humid environmental conditions. It’s deep, rich colour makes it an excellent choice for private homes, cemeteries, institutional grounds, parks, golf courses, sports fields, boulevards, and offices and commercial lawns. When it comes to sod replacement, we recommend looking for a brand of Kentucky Bluegrass sod made from a combination of two to four varieties of Kentucky Bluegrasses.

Once seed has been planted to grow sod, it normally takes one and a half to two years before it can be harvested, though with proper maintenance this can occur after only one year of cultivation. In our experience, sod is mostly in demand between April and November, though we recommend customers choose an installation cycle later in the year.

What sod characteristics are most important? Everyone has their own opinion, but we look for sod that has uniformity of thickness, good density, is free of insects and weeds, has an acceptable colour, is strong enough to handle without falling apart, is mature, and has a minimal amount of thatch.

 

Sod replacement fertilizers tips and advice

More and more home and business owners are discovering the benefits of adding style to their landscaping by choosing sod replacement over re-seeding as a means of having a healthy, green lawn. There are many advantages of sod over seed grown grass, such as it being thick and rich as soon as it’s laid down, and the fact it doesn’t need to be watered as much as starter seeds, for instance.

At Pyramid Contracting, we’ve been involved in hundreds of sod replacement projects throughout the Greater Toronto Area over the last decade, and while the ideal time of the year to plant sod is in the spring, this type of lawn can be laid from the spring into early fall if taken care of properly. Of course, watering a lawn is most important for growth, but the proper application of fertilizer is a vital component in any successful lawn care regimen.

If you’ve decided on sod replacement over other methods of rejuvenating your landscaping, we applaud your decision but also would like you to know the best kinds of fertilizer that you should use during the year to keep your sod lush and green from one year to the next.

  • The best time for the first application of fertilizer is in the fall, normally September and then again in November.
  • We recommend customers not apply anymore fertilizer until the spring.

There are 2 main kinds of fertilizers for sod you should know about:

Granular fertilizers – Granular fertilizers are highly popular because

1.) They are easy to apply and difficult to overuse

2.) Are available in a time-release formula, meaning there’s a big time schedule before they must be reapplied

3.) This type of fertilizer works quickly and is ideal for sod in need of immediate care.

Organic fertilizers – The other kind of fertilizer that can be used for sod replacement projects is organic, normally made from all natural plant or animal products like manure. This kind of fertilizer is one of the best for lawn growth and is good for the environment, but also can be difficult to apply and often needs frequent application.

Keeping your sod lush and healthy from year to year isn’t as difficult as it seems, if you follow a normal lawn care regimen starting with the right fertilizer.

Pyramid contracting has extensive experience with sod replacement projects in the Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville areas. We are happy to provide you with a free consultation to discuss your sod replacement project. Call us today.