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
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
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
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 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
- Native Seashore Paspalum
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!
Even if you don’t drown the grass roots entirely, you will unknowingly create a shallow root system that lacks the resilience of deeply rooted systems. Ironically, overwatering your lawn can even make your sod more vulnerable to drought, insects, weeds, and disease. Continue reading
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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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
A perfect storm of events has left Florida in a severe sod shortage. It began in the spring of 2017, when a robust economy created significant growth and led homeowners and business owners alike to purchase sod for their properties. This growth in demand and subsequent sod shortage continued throughout the summer due to high volume sales in the sports, golf, and residential sectors. Then, hurricane Harvey and Irma struck in Texas and Florida in the fall, triggering a major disruption to the sod business cycle, excessive rainfall, and even severe drought.
Now, as the summer of 2018 approaches, how should you approach Florida’s sod shortage? These tips will help you through.
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Spring is a notoriously dry time of year in Florida, which isn’t usually good news. This season’s dryness is especially significant if you recently installed sod in your yard. Even if you have drought-resistant sod, it is still essential that you keep your new grass hydrated so that it can grow properly and thrive for many years to come. By hiring an irrigation company to evaluate your sod and install an efficient irrigation system in your lawn, you can ensure that your sod is always properly watered, regardless of the season.
A Quick Introduction to Sod Irrigation in Florida
Forget dragging hoses, watering sprinkler output in a tuna can, and setting a timer as a reminder to move the sprinkler across your yard. A professional irrigation system measures the exact amount of water used by calibrating each head to put out a specific amount of water. You can even time your irrigation schedule based on the needs of each season. Be sure to select irrigation equipment with sensors that turn off your irrigation system in the presence of rain. Continue reading