Add Value to Your Property With Quality Sod

As we turn the corner into spring, many homeowners may be getting their properties ready for a sale. The housing market heats up during this time of the year, so you want to present your home in an appealing way. The minute that a buyer pulls up to your first door, curb appeal can form a lasting impression.

3 Ways Your Lawn Repels or Attracts Potential Home Buyers

If your lawn has been neglected over the years, it will communicate volumes before visitors even step foot inside your home. On the other hand, a well-kept green “carpet” will lead eager home buyers up to your front door. Here are some of the ways the state of your lawn will prompt others to do a 360 back to their car or create further interest:

  1. A run-down exterior appearance screams “money pit”: When potential home buyers assess the condition of your lawn, they are using this indication to anticipate the other financial expenditures needed to make a property livable. Anytime you can stop the cash registers in their mind from setting off alarms, the greater chance you have of making a home sale.
  2. Lawn condition opens the gate to forming connections and sales: If visitors who enjoy gardening spot a beautiful lawn, they immediately recognize a fellow nature lover. People like doing business with others of like mind and can picture themselves in a setting where the current homeowners maintained similar priorities.
  3. Yard status signals degree of upkeep required: Besides financial concerns constantly setting off loud bells, potential home buyers are calculating how much work they will need to do after a purchase. When the see a lush-looking lawn, they can visualize stretching out on a chaise lounge with a cool drink rather than doing back-breaking work.

Contact Us About High-Quality Sod Now!

Would you like to interest potential home buyers with a beautiful lawn? After you use the high-quality but affordable products from Superior Sod & Garden Supplies, you may decide that you simply can’t move because of the lush greenery. To get started on the right foot this spring, contact us!

Tips for Selecting the Right Herbicides, Fertilizing to Develop a Great Lawn and Using Insecticides

When you look out your window, does your lawn look completely forlorn? Last year, did the blazing sun leave scorched patches and gaping areas, which have turned to messy areas full of mud? If you want to enjoy beautiful grass, did you know that the time to think about sod and fertilizers is now?

Here are some tips to help you get started. You’ll also find helpful information about the right times to use herbicides, fertilizers and insecticides, so you can mark your calendar now!

Herbicides for Weed Control Mid-February Through April

Even though some gardeners claim that weeds are just misplaced flowers, most homeowners simply don’t want to see them in their yards. They also dislike the back-breaking and labor-intensive work of yanking weeds by their roots. To save you this annoyance, you can use herbicides for weed control immediately.

The middle of February is actually the right time to use a pre-emergent product like a 50-pound bag of Dimension. This herbicide treats a 10,000-square-foot area, which you’re planning for summer annuals. During March and April, you can also tackle broadleaf and grassy weeds with the following:

  • Atrazine (qt.): Pre- and post-emergent herbicide for a 3,000-square-foot area
  • Speedzone and Trimec (qt.): Herbicides treating broadleaf weeds in 15,000- or 3,000- to 4,000- square-foot sections, respectively

Chemical Data Fertilizers for Grass Varieties and Sabal Palms Mid-March Through April

Are you always confused about which chemical data fertilizers to select for grass varieties and Sabal palms? The experts at Superior Sod and Garden Supplies can educate you about the right products for the following:

  • Centipede
  • Empire and Zorro Zoysia
  • St. Augustine
  • Bermuda
  • Sabal Palms

Deterrence of Garden Pests With Use of Insecticides April Through June

If you’re looking forward to relaxing in your garden, you’ll want to plan how to discourage unwanted pests. From April through June, you should use insecticides to deter mole crickets and grubs. We can also offer advice on the right products to use later in the season to eliminate:

  • Chinch bugs
  • Army worms
  • Fire ant mounds

Contact Us for More Information About Herbicides, Fertilizers and Insecticides

If you would like to mark your calendar about when to use these and other products later in the season, you will find our helpful list here. Do you still have additional questions about herbicides, fertilizers and insecticides? Contact Superior Sod and Gardening Supplies now!

Start Planning Your Tropical Garden Design: Tips for Selecting, Planting and Caring for Palm Trees

As February drags on for anyone with the winter blahs, those who prefer to spend time in their gardens may feel like our gray days will never lift. The good news? With temperatures in Wilmington, N.C., hovering in the 50s and 60s this week, you can start to think about designing a tropical landscape to help you pass the time.

When you gaze out the window, would you like to create an exotic setting with palm trees? Here are some tips to help you begin thinking about creating the best garden design. Our landscaping experts are always pleased to share their recommendations for selecting, planting and caring palm trees on your property!

Design Suggestions for Palm Trees in Wilmington, NC

Sometimes, you have a vague notion that you want to enhance the landscaping at your home but don’t know where to begin. Unless you have natural horticultural talent, you need the help of gardening professionals to help you execute a plan that is right for your property. To begin this process, consider the following questions:

  • Are you trying to create a sense of privacy around your home?
  • Do you have enough space to handle a 50-foot or taller palm tree when it matures?
  • Do you have a shady area, which many palm trees prefer?

If you answered “yes” to these questions but still feel confused about which one to select, we have photos of several palm tree designs to spark your own landscaping plan. Some of the palm trees, which thrive in our area, include:

  • Pindo
  • European and windmill
  • Sabal palmetto

As you can see from these photos, you can tuck a gardening ornament into the palm’s greenery to create a personal oasis. If you want a shield with some open spaces, one of the repetitive designs might work well on your property. Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages, and let us know your favorite!

Contact Our Landscaping Experts for Palm Tree Recommendations

The landscaping experts at Superior Sod and Gardening Supplies can help you pick a palm tree that will thrive in our area. If you would like to learn more, we have some helpful information here. If you have any other questions, we are always delighted to share our knowledge about palm trees, sod and other gardening supplies.

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Why Inspect Your Yard Now?

Making a regular tour of your yard allows you to find small problems before they become big, expensive problems. If you contract out your yard work, don’t assume the workers will bring problems to your attention. They may not be looking.

Visibility During Winter

Winter is a good time to inspect your property because many plants are dormant. Their leaves are down and it’s easier to see under bushes and into the corners. Make sure you go all around the boundaries, not just the areas where you spend the most time.

Here are some things to look for during a yard inspection:

* Trash, vandalism and theft, especially along roads and sidewalks. Studies have shown that trash attracts more trash. Discarded food, wrappers and containers draw rodents, insects and breeding mosquitoes. New plantings can be vulnerable to thieves.
* Standing water means a drainage problem. Don’t let your valuable sod and plantings drown!
* Broken, rotting or rusted fences. A fence in poor repair can’t do its job of keeping what you want in and what you don’t want out.
* Broken or damaged trees and shrubs. Damage to deciduous trees is easiest to see when the leaves are down. Look for broken or split branches and sprouting fungus. Check the bases of bushes and small trees for signs of animals gnawing the bark. Tending to small tree problems while they can be handled from the ground or by a climber is easier on your lawn than waiting until a truck has to drive across it to take care of a major problem.
* Discolored or wilted sod and leaves may have many causes such as soggy soil, damaged roots or stems, insects, disease or exposure to harmful chemicals such as herbicides and salt spray.
* Animal damage. Many people enjoy watching backyard wildlife. Most birds, animals and insects do no harm to your sod and yard. Some are beneficial, but others can cause problems. Watch out for holes and tunnels in the lawn and under plantings, droppings, missing leaves and bitten-off stems, holes drilled in bark and wasp nests in trees or under eaves. Dealing with wildlife problems may be as simple as bringing your pet’s food dish inside, so that it doesn’t attract the skunks that dig up the sod, or may require a licensed pesticide applicator or exterminator.

Solutions for Landscape Problems

We have many years of experience in solving landscape problems! Contact us for assistance!

Take Good Care of Your Sod

As a homeowner, you want to keep your sod healthy and strong for as long as possible. To do so, there are some instructions you should follow, and points to avoid. The most common mistakes are over-watering, over-fertilizing or applying too much nitrogen or pre-emergent. Sod care is about balance. As a general rule, less is more.

Problem Areas

Sod is susceptible to disease, insects and weeds, but all of these problems are treatable. Disease is an issue in the warmer season, especially in high-humidity climates. Too much nitrogen just makes the disease spread. Watch for brown patches in the sod, and treat with fungicides to prevent continued damage.

The following insects can thrive in your sod if they go undetected:

Crickets
Leaf hoppers
Spittlebugs
Chinch bugs
Ground pearls
Fall armyworms

Inspect your grass for weakening and discoloration. If you have an infestation, or a mild insect issue, you should identify the type of bug as quickly as possible and treat it with an insecticide, such as Diazinon, Sevin or Merit.

Weeds, like insects, need to be identified before you treat them with the appropriate herbicide. However, using herbicide in the first two months after installation can damage the lawn. Act defensively, and mow your lawn regularly to keep weeds at bay.

Practice Good Habits

If you want to maintain your sod so family and friends can enjoy it, you should practice good lawn-care habits. Continue to water, mow and fertilize your sod. When you first install your sod, water it daily (between 5 and 10 a.m.). As the sod knits together, begin to water every other day, and then every third day. After the sod is established (approximately four to five mowings), further reduce the frequency of days you water. This prompts the root to search for its own water.

When you mow, take one-third of the grass at most. The more frequently you mow, the faster and thicker the grass grows.

Before fertilizing, get a free soil analysis from the NC Extension Service. Depending on the analysis results and the type of sod you’re growing, you’ll want to use a small amount of nitrogen and fertilizer with iron, to keep the grass green.

Superior Sod is available to answer your questions with situation-specific advice. Contact us to discuss sod-care and maintenance.