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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

Using Sod To Create Your Lawn

A lawn is an important part of your landscaping, but growing a lawn on bare soil can be a project that will require a commitment from the property owner. Sod is an effective solution for rapidly covering an area with grass.

Myth: Soil Quality Is Less Important With Sod

Due to the fact that the sod will come with a thin layer of soil under it, individuals may assume that this will reduce the need for the soil under the sod to be of high quality. However, this layer of soil is only for supporting the roots of the grass, and the plants will rapidly deplete the nutrients from it. As a result, you should conduct a soil test of the area to determine whether it will need to have fertilizer added to it to help keep the grass healthy and vibrant.

Myth: Sod Offers Less Effective Coverage Than Grass From Seed

The belief that sod will not be able to effectively cover the ground as well as grass seed can be another issue that may discourage people from pursuing this option. In reality, sod can be cut and modified to fit the various areas of your property. Furthermore, the squares of sod can be placed extremely close together to prevent obvious gaps between these sections. While grass seed can provide comprehensive coverage of the ground, there are many issues that could lead to areas where the grass is thin or otherwise fails to sufficiently cover the ground. A common example of this can be the grass seeds washing away during heavy rain. Additionally, there will be a greater risk of weeds being able to grow, which could further impact the seed.

Myth: You Can Start Using The Area Where The Sod Was Installed Immediately

While the installation of sod can be significantly quicker than attempting to grow it from seed, you should be mindful that it is necessary to avoid using the sod during the first couple of weeks that it has been placed. During this time, the roots will be growing into the ground, and the grass will be particularly susceptible to damage or other issues. For the first few weeks that the sod has been placed, you should avoid using it, and the grass should be watered every day to prevent it from drying out as the thin layer of soil that holds its roots will only be able to retain a small amount of water that may quickly evaporate. 

For more information, contact a local landscaping company.