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Why a Sodded Lawn is a Good Investment

Guide for a Beautiful Lawn

Sod provides instant beauty and instant value

Within a few hours sod can transform a yard from bare soil to a lush, living carpet of mature grass. Sod looks luxurious, yet it works like and investment. Landscaping with sod instantly increases the market value of your property from 5% to 10%.

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Enjoy life with cultivated sod

By leaving it to the professionals, you can enjoy the perfect lawn today Why ruin your leisure hours over a period of 2-3 years trying to establish a lawn from seed, when you could be enjoying life? Sod is grown under expert supervision, using top quality seed which is best adaptable to your locale.

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Sod creates a healthy atmosphere

Sod provides a soft, clean playing surface for babies, lawn games and family entertaining, unlike an ordinary lawn with its bare spots and weeds. Turf cools the atmosphere by reflecting 50% of the sun's heat. Turf reduces glare, filters odors and noise, and most important, turf absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen, which cleanses and freshens the environment around your home.

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Sod is adaptable where seed is not

Because sod is a fully mature, cultivated product, it can be installed on slopes and on inferior soils where seeding would be nearly impossible, sod can also be installed over a longer season, wherever site soils can be tilled, when seedings might fail. In addition, sod provides quick soil stabilization in erosion-prone areas. Lawns established with turfgrass sod are up to 15 times more effective in controlling runoff than seed-established lawns, even after three years.

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Turf Care

Because turf is a living product, it requires care. Keep in mind that your sodded lawn should be watered when it's dry, must be mowed at regular intervals, and should be fertilized at least twice a year.

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Quotable Quote

The US Congress has acknowledged these positive benefits to our environment. "Turfgrass sod in urban areas and communities can aid in reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, mitigating the heat island effect, reducing energy consumption and contributing to efforts to reduce global warming trends."

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Mowing is one of the most important operations in maintenance of a fine lawn. If properly mowed a good lawn will look better if not, a good lawn can be ruined in a few weeks.

A newly sodded lawn should be mowed after one week of installation. Remember to check the blades on your mower. Nothing defaces a good lawn more than dull blades!

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In order to get your new sod well established we recommend watering at least three (3) times a day. Regardless of the thought of some home owners, the watering should take place in the morning, noon time, and the early evening. Watering in the heat of the day is a good time to give your lawn a drink. During this time, if the grass dries it will burn but not if watered properly. Blue grass however, does go dormant during dry seasons and it may turn brown, but be assured that if watered properly will green up again.

Grass demands more water after being taken up and replaced than perhaps at any other time. A good rule to follow is this: When you water, do it at least three times a day avoiding excessive run off.

Rooting normally is accomplished after 2 or 3 weeks. After this time watering can be done at the discretion of the home owner, but remember it the grass turns brown it needs more water!

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Thatch Control

Today most people are familiar with signs and symbols related to recycling glass, aluminum and metal. Turfgrass clippings fit into the whole concept of recycling.

Leave grass clippings on the lawn provided you have not mowed off an excessive amount. Too much of a covering can deter sunlight and be unsightly.

Grass clippings are about 90% water, by weight. When left on the lawn, they dehydrate quickly and reduce the amount of material that remains. Grass clippings are very high in protein and are therefore rapidly attacked by bacteria and fungi which causes fast decomposition. Grass clippings usually contain 4% nitrogen, around 2% potassium and 1/2% phosphorus--all essential nutrients for healthy lawns. When left on the lawn, the equivalent of 3 applications of fertilizer is made without any additional cost or work. The average lawn produces clippings at a rate of about 200 pounds per 1,000 square feet a year. That's a ton of clippings coming from the average home lawn of 10,000 square feet that should never leave the lawn . . . it's too valuable to throw away.

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Choose your fertilizer well and fit it to your own need. We recommend fertilizing in the early spring and following at 30-day intervals. Upon completions of the sodding your lawn should be fertilized within 20-30 days to give it a good start. Any time the grass turns yellowish-green more than likely it needs fertilizing.

Normally a fertilizer with a 20-20-10 ratio is good for any lawn as long as care is taken in the application and watering. Always water the fertilizer in the grass. This will prevent fertilizer burn. We recommend application with a rotary spreader as it is the easiest and fastest way.

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Weed Control

Always, the best weed control is a healthy, vigorous turf. Weeds have no chance of getting started if your turf is healthy, but forget watering and fertilizing properly and you will have weed problems.

If there is a lapse in good maintenance there are two types of chemical weed controls available - one type kills the weed and is a post-emergent. The other prevents seed germination and is called a pre-emergent. To rid yourself of broad leaf weeds, a post-emergent chemical is normally used. They are most effective when the weed is vigorous and the temperatures are warm. Crabgrass is easily controlled with a pre-emergent chemical in order to get the seeds waiting to sprout in the early spring.

Remember to follow directions carefully or ask the sod company for help. Weeds are never a problem unless something is amiss. If your lawn is well cared for, problems are eliminated.

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