The Lazy Sod Farmer

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The Worst Time of Year to Plant Sod in the Shade

Like with any type of living plant, there are good and bad times to plant sod. If you have a shady area in your yard, the summer months are the worst time to plant sod. There are several reasons you do not want to plant sod in shady areas during the summer months. For the health of your yard and your pocketbook, it is important that you wait until fall to plant sod in these areas.

Disease Lurks in Shade

While you can plant sod in slightly shaded areas most of the year, you are inviting disease into your sod when you plant it in the shade during the summer months. The combination of the heat, humidity, and shade invites disease into your freshly planted sod. The disease will not only affect the shaded areas of your lawn, but it will spread to the healthy, sunny areas of your yard as well.

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Floratam St Augustine: The Most Common Grass in Florida

There are a lot of different types of grass that you can put in your lawn, but one of the most common is Floratam St Augustine. Some people call this type of grass simply St Augustine, but there are actually many varieties of St Augustine grass. Floratam St Augustine is one of the most common grasses in Florida, and now is a prime time to install it in your landscaping.

Best Conditions

Floratam St Augustine is a great grass that thrives well in most environments. It really needs to have full sun or light shade, with emphasis on light. Too much shade, too little water, or poor soil can all lead this grass to fail. However, for the vast majority of lawns, this grass is a workhorse that will stand up to the elements with proper care.


It is important that you maintain your lawn when you have Floratam St Augustine grass. You will want to make sure that it is watered and mowed frequently. With this basic maintenance, your lawn will continue to thrive and look lush and green throughout the seasons. Continue reading

Perennial Peanut: The Ideal for Dry Weather

March is a very dry month, and if you are needing new grass for your lawn, you should really consider perennial peanut. This hardy grass is great for planting in areas that normally make it difficult to grow grass. It is also very low maintenance, and thrives in drier weather.

Plant in Impossible Areas

There are some areas that simply do not tend to grow grass well. These areas include near septic tanks, on easements, and in parking areas. Perennial peanut, or peanut grass as it is sometimes called, is very good for these areas. It doesn’t require much in the way of sun or water, and because of this it is perfect for these areas that tend to stunt grass growth.

Low Maintenance

Perennial peanut is a very low maintenance grass. It only needs to be mowed about twice per year, and then only to encourage uniformity. This grass also does not need a lot of water, so you don’t have to worry about sprinklers or watering the grass in the dry months like March. For the most part, you can plant peanut grass and leave it to thrive on its own, with very little assistance from you. Continue reading

Why Frost is Not a Problem for Turf Grass

You have probably noticed that many lawns have dead patches after a hard winter. This damage is often due to hard frosts. Turf grass is different from most other types of grasses used in the typical lawn. Turf grass is much heartier in the cold winter months, and frost alone does not damage it.

Why Does Frost Kill Grass?

Frost occurs when water in the atmosphere settles and freezes. Typical grasses used in many lawns are constantly trying to draw water through the blades of grass. When frost is on the grass, it still tries to get water, and instead the frost can freeze inside the grass. This is what kills the grass in spots of a lawn.

Why Doesn’t It Happen to Turf?

Turf grass is different from other grasses because it pulls its water through its roots. The top one to two inches of soil should be kept moist even in the winter for this reason. Since the blades of turf grass are not trying to drink, they do not freeze within. Turf grass sod can even be installed in the winter. It will lay dormant until the weather warms up and it is able to really take root and grow. Continue reading

Seed Or Sod: Which Is Best?

You want to cultivate beautiful and lush grass in your yard, but what is the best way to make your vision a reality? Seed and sod are two of the most common options, and though they sound very similar, they require distinct processes. Which is the best for your property’s curb appeal?

What’s the Difference Between Seed and Sod?

Seed is simply the seed of grass. You plant the seeds and grass grows over time. It’s like planting flowers with seeds, except on a much larger scale.

Sod, on the other hand, is often considered an “instant lawn.” Sod is fully grown grass that is cut and transplanted onto your lawn and rolled out like a new carpet.

Perks and Drawbacks of Seed

Seed’s biggest allure is that it’s a more affordable option at the beginning. For people who must pick a lawn option based strictly on a limited budget, seed is most tempting. Seed also has the ability to create a healthy, deeply rooted lawn as long as it is given the right care.

However, seed does have its complications. It takes a long time for seed to finally grow into dense, lush lawn. Seed also presents complications because it has a limited time frame in which it can be successfully planted. If seed is planted outside of this time frame or not given precise care and attention, it won’t grow properly. Continue reading

Why Is Fall a Great Time to Install Sod?

The weather has finally turned in Florida, replacing hot and humid weather with cooler, more comfortable temperatures. It’s a common misconception among homeowners that home improvement projects like sod installation cannot occur this time of year due to the chill in the air, but that’s far from true!

In fact, fall is the perfect time of year to transform your curb appeal with new sod. There are many benefits that make it appealing to invest in sod before the holiday season.

Protection From Insects and Diseases

Florida’s hot and humid climate encourages unwanted plant diseases, insects, and pests. If you install your shade-tolerant sod grass over the summer, you are more likely to experience problems like fungal diseases, brown patches, cutworms and chinch bugs. 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

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