The Lazy Sod Farmer

3 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Install New Sod

Are you a Florida snowbird? If so, then you are familiar with the seasonal patterns of the north, especially how grass becomes virtually worthless over the winter months. In states like Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania, very few plants can grow during the cold months. However, Florida is very different. Thanks to Florida’s seasonal climate nearly all year long, 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!

A Brief Reprieve From Insects and Diseases

Unfortunately, Florida is definitely known for having its fair share of plant diseases and pesky 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 no longer pose a threat to new grass.    Continue reading

Autumn is the Ultimate Time to Install Your New Sod

It’s that time of year again! As the Holiday Season quickly approaches, it is the ultimate time to install brand new sod on your Florida lawn. The type of grass growing in your front yard has a major impact on the overall curb appeal of your house, so by selecting a premium type of sod and strategically installing it in autumn’s cooler temperatures, you can transform the look and feel of your property.

Why Choose Sod?

You have many choices when it comes to maintaining the grass around your yard. You could try to cultivate the natural grass already growing, but most Florida homeowners find this to be extremely challenging. You could also opt for seed, but successfully growing a beautiful lawn from seed is a very long and difficult process threatened by everything from birds and wind to heavy rain. Sod is really the easiest, most affordable, and most convenient option available! Autumn has finally arrived, so why wait? Continue reading

What are Those Pests in Your Lawn?

For all of the careful maintenance and attention that you devote to your sod, you can’t always prevent pests and bugs from infiltrating your yard. However, learning to recognize the bugs and familiarizing yourself with the best treatment options available, you can take back power over your yard and enjoy your view without any damaging bugs in sight.

The Chinch Bug

Is your grass turning yellow or reddish-brown? If so, it could be under attack by chinch bugs. These incredibly tiny bugs are difficult to spot, but the damage they cause is obvious. Chinch bugs only measure about ⅕” long with black bodies and white wings across their backs. Unfortunately, they view your lawn as their dinner, so even if you cut, water, and fertilize your sod exactly like you should, chinch bugs can still cause trouble. They will suck your grass blades dry and inject a poison that kills the blades. This tends to cause damage in patches that end up looking like they are suffering from drought. A professional pest control service is the best way to stop chinch bugs in their tracks. Continue reading

Buyer’s Guide to Sod

When deciding between sod and grass, a great alternative for your lawn that eliminates seeding is sod. It’s fast and easy to get a gorgeous lawn with it.

What Is Sod?

In simplest terms, sod is fitted and cut pieces of living grass that’s soil-ready for your lawn. Sod is… Continue reading

In Defense of Grass

It is a fiercely debated topic in environmental circles—should grass replace native plants? Truthfully, it comes down to personal preference. You should make the decision that gives you the look you desire for your outdoor space. If it is important to you to maintain ecofriendly landscaping, you can feel comfortable… Continue reading