The Lazy Sod Farmer

Sodding in Cooler Months Is Ideal in Florida

Many people think of spring and summer as the best time to plant sod. But in reality, one of the best times to plant sod is in the cooler months of October and beyond. The cooler months give sod a lot of advantages in taking root and growth. If you are from the North, you might think that it is much too late to plant sod. But in central Florida, it is an ideal time.

Cooler Temperatures

The cooler temperatures in October and later mean that your sod is less prone to disease and rot. The high heat of summer and early fall is really too hot for new sod because the heat will stress the turf. The few cold fronts that are coming in now and during the next few months make it the ideal time to plant sod.

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Fall Turf Installation: Why Now Is the Right Time to Install Your New Lawn

You may think that summer is the time to take care of yard work and lawn projects. But in reality, fall that is more suitable for installing new turf grass. There are several reasons that you should wait until fall to start your lawn projects. The cooler temperatures, the lower humidity, and other factors make fall the best time to install turf grass.

Lower Humidity

The lower humidity in fall will help your new sod from developing fungus, mold, or other conditions that can come about from too much moisture. Although it is important to keep sod moist while you are waiting for it to grow its root system, it is also vital that you do not let the sod get too moist to prevent disease and rot. In the fall, it is much easier to regulate moisture because you will be dealing with much lower humidity, even though you will still have occasional rainfall.

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The Dangers of Overwatering Your Turf

The weather during this time of year in Florida can be unpredictable. You might have rain for days and then none for over a week. While it is important to make sure that your turf stays moist and healthy, you also want to make sure that you don’t overwater it. There are several things that can happen if your turf is overwatered.

Root System Health

The root system of the turf is what draws in water and oxygen into the grass. When a lawn is overwatered, the root system will drown and be unable to draw the oxygen the grass needs to thrive. The roots can shrivel and begin to die off if the problem is not quickly addressed.

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Introducing Scott’s Provista St Augustine: A Revolutionary New Turf

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering the new Provista St Augustine turf grass from Scott. This amazing new turf has a lot of advantages over other types of grass or turf. Learn more here about this new offering and how it can benefit residential and commercial locations alike.

Weed Control

Provista St Augustine is a specially bred grass turf that is resistant to weeds. It grows very dense so that weeds do not have room to take root. It is also designed to tolerate a larger number of weed control products without damaging the health of the grass. This means that the sod you receive will be completely weed free, and it will be easy to maintain weed-free grass for years to come.

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Sprinkler System Do’s and Don’ts: Coping with Unpredictable Precipitation

May and June can be tricky months when it comes to watering your lawn. These months are very unpredictable with precipitation. Your lawn needs to have at least 1 to 1 ½ inches of water each week. Installing a sprinkler system can help you keep your lawn green and alive, even in the hottest months. It is a good investment, but you need to make sure you know the do’s and don’ts of sprinkler systems first.

Do’s for Sprinkler Systems

If you don’t have a rain shutoff device on your sprinkler system, it may be a good idea to add one. Most sprinkler systems allow you to schedule the watering of your lawn so that you don’t have to think about it. A rain shutoff device ensures that the sprinkler will not run if it is raining or has rained recently.

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3 Reasons that Fall is The Best Time to Install Sod

As summer turns to fall, plants and grasses in northern states are busy preparing for their winter hibernation as temperatures start to cool, making sod installation a difficult task beyond September. But that’s not the case in Florida!

Florida’s unique climate makes it possible to install sod nearly all year long, and growth can take place any time. In fact, the autumn and early winter are the perfect times to install new sod in your Florida yard.

Less Vulnerability to Insects and Diseases

Florida has its fair share of plant diseases, pests, and insects. From fungal diseases and brown patches to cutworms and chinch bugs, turf grass can become vulnerable to a variety of problems. Sod installation is ideal during the autumn and early winter because the majority of those bugs and illnesses pose less of a threat to new grass.    Continue reading

How to Use the Shade Scale to Choose the Best Sod For Your Shaded Lawn

How long have you been fighting an uphill battle to grow healthy, green grass on the shaded parts of your property? Sod naturally loves the sun and thrives in its heat, so sustaining sod in the shade requires diligence and strategy.

What Does the Shade Scale Say?

The Shade Scale helps you visualize which types of sod might best match the levels of sun and shade on your property each day. Bahia sod demands the most sun and simply cannot grow without full sun exposure every morning and afternoon. Ivy, on the other hand, can be used as a ground cover that thrives in near total shade.

In between Bahia and Ivy are a variety of sods that have shade-tolerant characteristics:

  • St. Augustine
  • Zoysia
  • Bermuda
  • Native Seashore Paspalum

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Stop Overwatering Your Turf During the Summer

Florida’s summers are long and hot, so when your sod starts to look dry, it’s an instinctive reaction to water it more… and more… and more. Unfortunately, too much water is just as dangerous as too little water.

Learn to identify the signs so you can nourish your sod with the best amount of water and help it survive Florida’s harsh summer weather.

Why Is Overwatering Dangerous?

Too much water drowns grass roots and causes the soil to become waterlogged. The roots slowly drown and rot, causing blades of grass to wilt and die. This isn’t the effect you want to see!

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A Guide to Installing Your Shade Tolerant Grasses

If your yard’s natural grass doesn’t offer the attractive curb appeal you’ve always wanted, you aren’t stuck living with it as a fact of life. Instead, you can use sod to customize the appearance of your lawn and enjoy healthier, long-lasting ground cover.  Most Florida lawns are exposed to at least eight hours of strong sunshine per day, but if your property receives more shade than usual, certain shade tolerant sod types can still meet your needs.

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Is Perennial Peanut the Right Sod for Your Yard?

With the current sod shortage occurring in Florida, you may be wondering how to satisfy your need for a beautiful, green lawn by the summer. Fortunately, perennial peanut is still available and could be the perfect solution for your property.

What is Perennial Peanut?

Ornamental rhizomal perennial peanut is a low maintenance grass alternative that nicely covers difficult sunny areas. Though it is not a traditional grass blade appearance, perennial peanut does offer an aesthetically attractive hardy plant with green foliage and beautiful yellow-orange flowers.

Which Perennial Peanut Is Best? Perennial peanut is grown in different forms, but the most popular and requested in Ecoturf. Many homeowners use Ecoturf around the sunny spots of their home that do not receive shade and need a ground cover that is extremely durable. It offers true drought tolerance, no known pests, no need for supplemental nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizer, and very little mowing! With proper care, your perennial peanut will stay about 4” in height. Continue reading