Types of Sod Lawns

Sod is a great way to make your lawn into a healthy and lush landscape. You will also get faster result than when you seed. It can take more time and money, but you don't have to protect it as much as seed. Sod varieties are suited for different regions, climates and appearance. It is important to understand what you want from sod to choose the best variety. Some of the most common types of sod lawns are made with St. Augustine sod grass, zoysia and centipede.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine sod grows into a lush, dark green, coarse layer grass. It grows best in dry and hot climates. This sod does not grow at all in cold weather. St. Augustine is used most in southeastern regions of the United States, as well as Africa, Mexico and Australia. It flourishes best in full sun with minimal shade and also needs minimal watering.

Centipede Sod

Centipede sod is ideal for landscapes that seem to have problems with weeds. Because this sod grass is weed-resistant and flourishes rapidly, it grows into a lush light green landscape, spreading rapidly once fully matured. It only grows quickly once the grass has grown in, however; it grows slowly when it is young to adapt to the landscape. This sod is ideal if you want to keep your lawn low-maintenance, as well as regions that are humid or dry.

Zoysia Sod

Zoysia sod grass is also a sod variety that is ideal for areas prone to weeds because it is weed-resistant as well. It is a versatile grass, hardy and grows easily in environments that are in full shade or sun. This sod also grows better in cooler climates then most other varieties of sod and thrives in sandy or clay soils. Zoysia is usually grown in southern regions. The unfortunate thing about Zoysia is that is grows in slowly.

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