Sod can be a very intimidating topic for some homeowners. With so many varieties of sod to choose from, selecting the appropriate sod for your yard and soil can be a daunting task. If you are in the market for sod, read on to discover the best sod for Fayetteville, NC and the correct one for your yard.
Soil conditions for Sod in Fayetteville, NC
Whether your soil is acidic or basic, the soil condition plays a huge role in the success rate of sod. Soil condition is critical and is merely the pH of your soil. The two different soil conditions that one will find in Fayetteville, NC are acidic soil and basic soil. More often than not, customers tend to blindly select the sod type without taking into account the pH of their soil. We recommend getting a soil test to figure out what the pH of your soil is. Acidic soil is usually found around or under pine trees. The best sod varieties for acidic soil are St. Augustine Sod and Zoysia Sod. On the other hand, if you have basic soil, we recommend Centipede Sod or Bermuda Sod. A common problem that homeowners have is dead spots under pine trees. This could be because of the lack of sun or highly acid soil. If this is the case, one can easily correct this problem by installing St. Augustine or Zoysia Sod, or you may apply lime to the Centipede to counteract the acidic soil.
Sun vs. Shade
When selecting the appropriate sod type for your yard, it is essential to know how much sun or shade this area is receiving. If the area gets full sun all day, Bermuda it the best choice. If the area receives mostly full sun, with only 2-3 hours (max) of shade, Centipede will thrive there. On the other hand, if the area receives 6 hours of shade per day, Zoysia and St. Augustine are the only types of sod that will grow in this area. It is not uncommon to have one type of sod in your front yard and another type of sod in your backyard.
Maintenance of Sod
When mowing your grass, be sure not to over cut your lawn. Ideally, you only want to cut the top 1/3 of the grass. Cutting off more than the top 1/3 of the blade will stunt the growth of your lawn and eventually kill the grass!
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