The Lazy Sod Farmer

Why Planting Sod Is Better Than Seeding

While planting grass seed is unarguably more inexpensive than installing sod, there are a lot of reasons to plant sod instead. When you choose to plant sod, especially when it is grown in the area, you know that you will have a lawn that you can be proud of immediately, not in a season or two. This is the biggest appeal of planting sod. However, there are many additional reasons to consider.

Low Maintenance, Low Effort

Sod installation also requires very little maintenance or effort on your part, while growing grass from seed takes patience, time, and a lot of maintenance. When you spread grass seed, you often have to spread more seed later on down the road, as some seed is washed away or taken by birds and other critters. You’ll also have to make sure that you water it well and frequently, as well as fertilize more aggressively. Continue reading

Watching the Weather and Your Sprinklers

Most people who want to have a well-manicured and healthy lawn will use a sprinkler system as a method of irrigation to keep the soil moist as necessary for growth and maintenance. You may have even researched exactly how much water and how frequently you should run the sprinklers for your climate and type of grass, but many people do not think to adjust their sprinklers according to the weather.

Most grass and turf will become diseased and rotted when it becomes overly saturated. It is important that you are not overwatering your lawn during periods when you are getting a lot of rain. Florida weather is infamous for its rainy seasons. While you don’t want to completely turn off your sprinkler system during these months, you should be aware of the weather and ready to make adjustments to the system at any notice. Continue reading

What Happens to Grass if You Don’t Mow Your Lawn

You know that you are supposed to mow your lawn on a regular basis, usually at least once a week in the spring and summer, but lately there have been movements trying to eliminate mowing for a month at a time. While this could be tempting, it is important that you continue to mow your lawn if you want it to remain healthy. Here’s why.

Infrequent Mowing Hurts the Grass When Cut

The longer the blades of grass become, the more resources it becomes used to consuming. If you suddenly cut the grass by a few inches all at once, it’s going to be shocked as it suddenly needs fewer resources. This can sometimes kill your grass if it is unable to recover. Sometimes it needs additional irrigation to recover fully. Continue reading

Is Fertilizing Your Lawn Necessary?

Whether or not you need to fertilize your lawn depends on several factors. For the most part, Florida lawns can benefit from fertilizer to keep grass exceptionally green and lush. It is important that if you fertilize that you use the right fertilizer mix for your type of turf, as well as using the fertilizer at the right time of the year.

If you have rich soil with lots of nutrients, you may not need to worry about fertilizing. When you get your sod installed, talk to the professionals working on your lawn about whether or not they believe you will need to fertilize based on your turf type and soil type. Continue reading

How Often Will I Need to Mow My Yard?

As spring arrives, Florida grasses begin to grow very quickly. Between the warmer weather and spring rains, your grass is going to grow the most from April to June. This could mean more frequent mowings than during the rest of the year. But how often will you actually have to mow your yard? It depends on the weather and the type of grass you have. 

For most yards, mowing once a week is generally sufficient. If there is a lot of rain one week causing increased growth, you may need to mow twice a week. However, you shouldn’t mow while the grass is wet to protect your lawn care equipment. You should also avoid letting grass get too high before mowing so that you have less wear on your lawn mower. Continue reading

How Much Water Does My Grass Need?

Many people are surprised at how little water their grass needs. In fact, your turf does not need to be watered every day, or maybe even every week. How much you water your lawn depends on several factors, including municipal restrictions, weather patterns, and type of grass. Here’s what you need to know to water your lawn appropriately.

How Much Water Does Grass Need?

Water is necessary for grass to thrive; but if you water too much you can flood and kill the root systems, so it is important not to water too much. As a general rule, you want no more than ¾ inches of water delivered to your lawn, no more than twice a week, at least in the spring. You may need to water more frequently in the drier winter months. Continue reading

Why Now Is the Best Time for Spring Plantings

Planting new sod needs to be done properly if you want to have a healthy, flourishing lawn. That means you need to make sure that you are planting sod at the best time of year. Although you can plant sod anytime of the year in Florida, spring is best. Here’s what you need to know.

Spring Growth

Spring is the time of year that grass grows the most in Florida. Planting sod during this time means that the sod will be able to form deep, healthy roots quickly so that your lawn looks its best. The grass will grow quickly once the root system is established, which will lead to lush, green grass for your family to enjoy. Continue reading

Checking Your Irrigation Systems

With the onset of spring, it is time to check your irrigation systems for your lawn to make sure everything is set up correctly. Proper watering of your lawn is important for making sure that your grass is healthy and green. 

There are several things you need to do to prepare your irrigation system for spring. Here are some steps to follow. Continue reading

The Best Sods for Spring Planting

For the most popular Florida grasses, spring to early fall is the best time to install fresh sod in your lawn. However, not every type of sod is good to plant in the spring. Some are better to plant in the full sun of summer. Here are three of the best sods for spring planting in Florida.

Scott’s Provista St. Augustine

There are several different types of St. Augustine turf, and most of them are suitable for planting in the spring. We single out Scott’s Provista because it has excellent weed control. It is also a very low maintenance grass that you won’t have to mow too frequently. Scott’s Provista is suitable for full sun or partial shade. Continue reading

Planning Your Garden Before Laying Sod

Spring is here, and it is time to start getting your new plantings in the ground. Among other considerations, you may be realizing that you need new sod for your lawn. It is important to do these things in the proper order so that you don’t have too much wasted time or money. 

The first thing you need to do before getting sod is to plan out your lawn and garden. If you are going to be installing new trees and shrubs, this should be done before you lay your sod. But another important part of planning your yard is plotting where your garden will be. Continue reading