Don’t Let Winter Put a Freeze on Your Lawn

Winter can be a tough time for lawns. Less than ideal conditions can leave a lawn looking patchy, bare and unhealthy when spring rolls around. Prevent and repair winter damage with these simple tips.

Why Does Winter Damage Occur?

Harsh winter weather can be tough on lawns. Extended periods of freezing weather or many months of freezing and thawing can damage individual grass plants and roots. Increased precipitation from rain and snow can also cause problems with over-watering. Decreased hours of daylight slow plants growth and make it even more difficult for your lawn to recover from this damage.

Although you may see only the problems in your grass, winter weather can cause soil damage as well. Soil is made up of granules of different types of materials like sand, clay, loam and silt mixed in with water and pockets of air. Cold temperatures can cause soil to freeze, which damages the delicate soil structure and can lead to compaction. Compacted soil does not drain well, and plant roots struggle to grow in compacted soil. Likewise, cold soil temperatures can hinder the uptake of certain key nutrients plants need to thrive.

How to Prevent and Repair Winter Damage

Good lawn care all year round will make your lawn less susceptible to winter damage, but first you have to identify the root cause of your problem. If excess moisture is your problem, you may want to consider cutting back on watering after July. You may also want to remove existing grass in spring and plant a variety that tolerates water better. If freezing temperatures are your problem, you can plant a number of hardy varieties of grass that can better stand up to cold weather. If you notice that the shaded areas of your lawn struggle to grow after winter, you can replace these areas with mulch or topsoil. Lastly, if you have low-lying areas that fill with water during the winter, you may want to consider leveling these areas. Although it sounds difficult, leveling a yard can be done quickly and easily by a quality landscaping companies.

Superior Sod has many products and resources to help repair winter lawn damage. We carry a variety of weather-hardy grasses as well as mulch and topsoil. Contact us today to see how we can turn your patchy or unhealthy lawn back into a lush, green oasis.

Add Topsoil and Mulch to Improve Your Sod or Seed Landscaping

To get the best results from your purchase of Superior Sod products, you will also need sufficient quantities of high-quality topsoil and mulch.

Topsoil
Topsoil is used to level out uneven ground or to add extra nutrients to the soil prior to planting. The topsoil we can order or deliver for your landscaping project comes from our partner, Mr. Parker. He produces a certified compost mix comprised of 15 percent turkey compost, black dirt and sand. The product is then heated so it can be certified weed seed free.

Without that topsoil, it can be difficult for seeds to germinate into thick, healthy grass. It also makes the lawn look more beautiful and manicured by leveling out any natural hollows or dips in the grass, which simplifies the process of laying out sod. We carry a full selection of topsoil at our farm terminal in Ogden, or we can deliver it right to your door.

Mulch
We can also provide you with a layer of mulch, which adds extra compost and nutrients to the soil. It makes a lovely border for the edges of your project, where it intersects with trees, bushes and walkways and protects topsoil from being blown away or eroded by the wind and rain.

At Superior Sod, you can buy several varieties of mulch to protect your topsoil and provided added nutrients for your plants and trees. They are all triple shredded and free from debris or foreign byproducts. We can deliver many colors and styles of mulch including:

Hardwood: Typically is made from a hardwood, such as oak. It provides a natural windbreak which prevents soil erosion for pathways, slopes, and steep banks.
Chocolate brown: A hardwood mulch that has been dyed to a chocolate brown color. The dye is guaranteed to last for a year or more.
Superior red: A vibrant red color made from non-toxic dye, it provides a splash of interest to any landscaping design.

Mulch and topsoil look great and are an important step in designing your new yard-scape. To put mulch or topsoil down before your next seeding or sodding project, you can stop by and load up anything from a bucketful to a truck full. If you prefer, we will deliver the mulch and topsoil orders directly to your site.

Signs You Are Overwatering Your New Sod

You need to water new sod often to ensure it takes root, but watering it too much is possible. Overwatering can make your sod soggy, and this problem could prevent it from creating a robust root system. When sod has too much water, it is vulnerable to damage from disease, fungus and insects. If you start to see the signs of excessive watering, skip one or two of your watering sessions. You want the sod to be moist, not soggy.

Failure to Knit

After 1 to 3 weeks, your sod’s roots should begin to knit into the soil. You should observe the sod starting to grow 1 week after installation. Carefully lift one corner of the sod, and if it is difficult to lift, the roots are taking hold. If it’s still easy to lift the corner with gentle force, you could be over watering.

Root Rot

Too much watering could cause the roots of your sod to rot. During your new sod’s first week, you should look at its roots. Any sign of rot means you could be using too much water, or you’re watering too frequently. Because new sod requires watering daily, you have to pay close attention to the amount you are watering to avoid overdoing it.

Soggy Soil

Before the roots begin to grow, lift up the sod after a regular watering. You should touch the sod and the soil with your finger, and both should feel damp but not muddy. The sod shouldn’t feel like a sponge full of water; if it does, that’s a sign you are giving it too much water. The danger of overwatering is that the roots will never grow into the soil below.

Moisture Depth

The moisture depth of the soil beneath the sod is a good indication of whether or not you are over watering. Directly after sod installation and until the roots take, you should water the sod enough to moisten the top inch of the underlying soil. After the sod starts to establish its root system, you should water the soil down to 6 inches of moisture but reduce the number of times you water. Any deeper, and you are most likely over watering.

If you’re interested in installing sod on your property or you need help with the care and maintenance of your new sod, call Superior Sod & Garden Supplies today.

Advantages of Sod

Well, winter is in full swing here, and it’s just about time to start thinking about what you’ll do with your yard for the rest of the year. It’s always a good time to think about using sod in your lawn, and here are some advantages.

Less Water, Lower Heat, Property Value and Erosion Control

If you have chosen sod, you’ve chosen well. It can be used in 2 to 4 weeks, and it can be put down any time the ground is not frozen, so you don’t have to wait until spring. It also uses less water, contributing to lower costs for you. And the use of seed takes 2 to 3 weeks to germinate, while sod is an “instant” yard.

One of the biggest reasons to use sod in your yard is that it keeps heat down. In the hot summers of North Carolina, sod will be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt, and it will be a good 15 degrees cooler than a regular lawn (just soil). It also reduces gases and releases oxygen, which makes the air cooler. Who wouldn’t want that?

Another great reason for using sod is that it adds value to your home. In today’s world, as people move around and change homes frequently, you never know when you’ll want to sell. The value of your home will go up by 15% to 20% if you have a sod yard. It’s also much safer to play on sod than it is to play on soil, fescue grass or asphalt.

The last big reason for using sod is that it contributes to the health of the soil. The minute you put it in your yard, it begins to control erosion. You can stabilize your soil by using it on hills and on steep slopes in your lawn. It also acts as a filter, and it helps to get rid of mud. It also muffles and gets rid of noise.

Contact Us With Any Questions

So, if you have any other questions, get in touch with us! We service the greater Wilmington area and can help you find just what you need in terms of installation and sod. We hope you’ll consider using sod in your yard; our customers are always happy with our products, and we are here to help you make the most of your yard.

Secret for Eliminating Weeds: Rev Up Your Mower After Early Sod Installation

If you’re like most homeowners, the sight of unwanted weeds can hit your hot button. Every year, you spend hours of back-breaking work on your knees, pulling and yanking the wayward growth in an ongoing fight against nature. Despite futile attempts to pull out the weeds by their roots, these ugly splotches continue to return–marring the appearance of your lawn.

Tackling Neighbors’ Suggestions for a Clean Slate

You’ve tried every trick in the book to eliminate weeds permanently including a few that your neighbors have suggested. Some of these include:

•Spreading newspapers over large areas

•Laying down thick rubber mats

•Using bricks to hold down large trash bags

When the gardening season starts each year, you think that one of these remedies will deliver the desired result: a weed-free lawn that will set the stage for an enviable garden. However, to your dismay, you still find those ugly eyesores stubbornly poking their heads up in new locations around your home.

In exasperation, you arrive at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies in search of professional help for effective weed elimination. As you breathe a sigh of relief, our experts finally set you straight about the best ways to put an end to this annoying problem.

Clearing Up Sod and Weed Misconceptions

With renewed confidence that you can finally get your weed battle under control, you decide to install sod. However, you initially think that it must be left undisturbed, so the grass can take hold. You also anticipate the need to resist your weed-attack mode and wonder how you will control years of automatic action.

Fortunately, our knowledgeable team members at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies educate you about sod and weeds, correcting many misconceptions. We let you know up front that weeds often grow through the sod seams, so you’re not set up for disappointment. Then, we prepare you with the best plan of attack.

Here are some of our sod and weed tips:

•Mow your sod as soon as it is needed–even 1 week after installation.

•Allow the time necessary for the sod to heal and knit together.

•After 2 months from the sod installation, spot spray for any weed that persists.

You are relieved to learn that mowing these weeds should remove 99% of them. This year, you will finally enjoy a beautiful lawn!

Best Ways to Win the War Against Weeds

At Superior Sod & Garden Supplies, we know that the best defense against weeds is growing a thick and healthy lawn. You can achieve this goal by:

•Using a quality sod

•Having a professional handle installation

•Following through with correct mowing, fertilization and watering

We prefer to avoid the use of chemicals, which is expensive and dangerous for your health and the environment. Our experts can offer reliable guidance about a safe and effective way to deal with sod installation and weeds.

Stop pulling out weeds–and your hair. Contact us!