Which Should Be Planted First—Trees and Shrubs or Fresh Sod?

Now is the time of year that everyone is thinking about revamping their landscaping. It is important to think of your landscaping in two parts—softscaping and hardscaping. Softscaping is the trees, shrubs, and other plants that you incorporate into your landscape, while sod is considered hardscaping. Sod is a more permanent fixture in your yard, and it has less ability to recover.

When it comes to landscaping, it is important to plant your trees and shrubs, as well as plot your gardens, before you lay the fresh sod. There are several reasons for this. First, you don’t want to pay for more sod than you need. When sod is laid around the softscaping, it takes less sod to cover the yard, and you won’t be digging up and throwing out sod that you don’t need. Continue reading

Spring Gardening: The Best New Plantings for Florida

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, the spring rains have started moistening the soil, and plants everywhere are sprouting. Now is the best time to start new plantings in your Florida garden. To get you started, here are some of the best plants for Florida gardens.

Pentas

Pentas are a great spring planting for Florida gardens. They are one of the most low-maintenance plants that you can put in your garden. They feature red, pink, lavender, and/or white clusters. They also attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds. In fact, they attract the zebra longwing butterfly, which is the state butterfly. Continue reading

The Best Sods, Grasses, and Turfs for Florida Lawns

Florida has some unique conditions that can make some grasses and turfs unsuitable for the Florida climate. Periods of drought in winter, periods of intense heat in the summer, and salt in the air near the beaches can all affect how your sod grows and can be maintained, but some grasses are particularly well-suited for planting in Florida. If you are looking to re-sod your lawn, check into one of these sods.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the most common and most popular grass in Florida. That is because it stands up well to salt, drought, and heat. It is, however, prone to some disease, and it takes a lot to maintain. If you have St. Augustine grass, you’ll be mowing at least once a week. Continue reading

Making Your Sodding Plan

So you have decided to sod your yard with new turf. Making that decision is just the first step. You have to plan ahead to make sure that you are prepared when your new sod arrives. Here are some tips for making a sodding plan that you can follow through on in a timely manner.

Determine Type of Sod

There are a lot of different types of sod that are suitable for Florida lawns. The most common sod in Florida is St. Augustine, but you can also choose from Scotts Provista, Celebration, Bahia, or Empire Zoysia. If you aren’t sure what type of sod you should have in your lawn, contact us today to get assistance in choosing the right sod for your soil and irrigation. Continue reading

Brown Sod Isn’t Necessarily Dead Sod: What You Need to Know About the Off Season

Wintertime is often not viewed as a pleasant season. Even in Florida where winter never truly arrives, the winter can be colder, seemingly long-lasting, and less interesting. Everything in nature goes dormant in the winter. Animals hibernate. Even bees hibernate, and flowers and some trees go dormant.

Your grass isn’t an exception to this rule. Grass or sod can turn brown when it goes dormant, but that doesn’t mean that the grass is dead. There are some ways to tell if your lawn has died or if it is just dormant.  Continue reading

Preparing for Spring Landscaping

Does your lawn and landscaping look dead and desolate? If so, it might be time to start thinking ahead about spring landscaping projects. If your lawn is completely brown, it could be that your grass is just dormant. But if the brown is in patches, that is an indicator that the grass is dead or dying. If you have some other landscaping issues in your yard, it could be a problem with the soil or irrigation.

It is important to determine why you need new turf before you plan to get it. If you have poor soil or irrigation, you will need to be able to communicate that to your sod grower so that we can choose the best sod for your lawn’s unique environment. Continue reading

Three Signs You Need Fresh Sod Installation

There are a lot of problems that can arise with your lawn, and some of them are more easily remedied than others. While laying fresh sod isn’t always necessary to correct issues with your lawn, it can sometimes be required. Here are three signs that you need fresh sod installation.

Bare Spots

If you have bare spots in your lawn, it usually means that the root system has eroded or died in that area of your yard. The problem with this is that the root system for your yard is all connected. If one part of the roots become diseased and die off, the rot will spread to the rest of the lawn. It is a slow process, but an inevitable one. Instead of spreading grass seed to fill in the bare spots, consider fresh sod installation. Continue reading

Increase Your Curb Appeal with Fresh Sod Installation

There are many situations in which you might want to improve the curb appeal of your home. The most common reason is so that you can sell your home quickly. Another common reason is to increase your home’s value prior to getting a home equity loan. In either case, one of the best ways to increase your curb appeal is with fresh sod installation.

If your lawn is looking a little worn, has bare patches, brown patches, or simply no longer holds up to the weather, it can greatly detract from your home’s curb appeal. Even if your gardens, trees, and shrubs are well maintained, a poor yard is something that no one wants to see. Over time, the roots of grass can become diseased or worn away through erosion, causing the grass to be unable to get nutrients from the soil and moisture from the earth. Continue reading