Some plants run their course and die out but usually, lawns thrive. They soak up the sun and the rain to flourish to live its best life. Some lawns can’t keep up though. Whether it be because of disease, or it’s not the proper grass type for your area, some lawns can be sparse, yellowing too often, exposing dry patches and dirt. If you find yourself throwing grass seed more often than you’d want, it might be time to consider a different alternative. This is where sod comes in. But what is sod, and why should you consider it for your lawn?

What Exactly Is It? – Simply put, sod is patches of grass that are held together with the soil. They can be in large squares or long rolls depending on the brand, the size of your lawn for application, and the crew installing it. Contrary to what some believe, this isn’t fake grass. It is real grass that establishes itself in the ground and continues to grow.

A worker laying down sod for a new lawn

“…sod is patches of grass that are held together with the soil.”

Why Should You Consider It? – Grass is a plant, therefore it will give off oxygen just like a tall tree, or the potted plant that lives on the steps. The grass will absorb the heat which will end up cooling the area down a few degrees. It’s also a lot more pleasant to sit or lay in fresh healthy grass instead of some rocky dirt.

Picnic Scene

“Grass…will give off oxygen just like a tall tree, or the potted plant that lives on the steps.”

How Does It Get There? – The ground needs to be dug out a little bit. Any old grass or rocks need to be removed. Planning out how to lay out the sod is important because there might be obstacles like sprinklers systems, hills, pavers, and more. Once the ground is ready, including fertilization, the sod can be laid. Think of it as flimsy tiles. It’s really easy to piece together and cut into the needed shapes. The sod is then unrolled, tightly placed next to the previous pieces, and presto there’s a new lawn!

Garden Rake

“The ground needs to be dug out a little bit.”

The Next Two Weeks – The roots won’t have an immediate hold on the ground. This is why it’s very important to water the grass every day so the ground underneath can be moist enough for the roots to break through and set up shop. It’s a constant process, but within a couple weeks, the roots will take hold to the ground, giving you the luscious lawn you’ve always wanted.

Sprinkler in action watering grass

“…water the grass every day so the ground underneath can be moist enough for the roots to break through and set up shop.”

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