Battle Against Weeds: Top Tips for Control and Elimination

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When you walk or drive through your neighborhood, other lawns seem perfectly manicured and entirely weed free. The healthy ones look like beautiful green carpets without a single imperfection. Beyond the visual appeal, these yards convey the following:

  • Homeowners’ time, effort and pride
  • Desire to create an inviting community
  • Ability to master the “secrets” of effective gardening

Your bad back and schedule don’t allow you to get down on knees to pull out all of the weeds ruling your lawn. However, you still want the same lush results, right? Here are some tips to help you achieve the same look as your neighbors’!

Lawn Experts’ Weed Elimination Advice

When you’re a gardener, weeds can work your last nerve. After you spend time planting colorful flowers, weeds can pop up in the middle of a bed and wrap themselves around the bright blooms. If the weeds become entangled, they can even start to cut off the new flowers.

To help you eliminate weeds, here are some tips from our lawn experts:

  • When re-sodding an area, remove the existing lawn or plants in this section to decrease the growth of weeds and weed grasses in your new lawn.
  • Take the time to pull out all of the weeds at the root level to avoid a reappearance.  
  • Installation of a healthy lawn is the most promising way to stop weeds in your new grass.
  • Mowing your new lawn will help sod come together and prevent weeds from popping up through open areas.
  • Avoid using herbicides for 2 months after installing sod and identify the weed first.

Recommendations for Weed Control

If dreaded weeds still turn up, here are recommendations to stop them short in their tracks:

  • Trimec is used on all warm-weather grasses to control of broadleaf-type weeds.
  • Image and Manage is suggested for Nutsedge.

The following are recommended for Crabgrass control:

  • Centipede  - Vantage
  • St. Augustine – Asulox
  • Zoysias – MSMA or Acclaim
  • Bermudas – MSMA

Contact Us for Help With Weed Control and Elimination

Working with Superior Sod can help you create a lawn like the ones in these photos. Check them out, and let us know your favorites on our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you have any questions, call Superior Sod & Garden Supplies now.

Tips for Selecting the Right Type of Sod for Your Property

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In every aspect of our lives, we have an abundance of choices. When you go to a garden supply center, you may stand in front of endless shelves of sod varieties, trying to figure out the right one for your property. You look at the package and attempt to decipher the contents and recommendations, remaining confused about how to proceed.

Expert Guidance to Pick the Best Grass Variety

If your children like to play outside and tumble around on the grass vigorously with your pets, you want to select a variety of sod that will hold up under all the activity. To help you identify the best one for your needs, the experts at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies are committed to sharing our knowledge. Here are some of the pros and cons of different sod varieties.

Traffic-Tolerant and Damage-Resistant Sod

If your primary goal is to identify sod that will handle heavy action, we think that Empire and Zorro Zoysia are the hands-down winners. This dark-green turf grass is:

  • Damage resistant
  • Salt tolerant
  • Shade friendly
  • Winter hardy

In addition, these varieties are not as vulnerable to diseases. As a result, you can enjoy a manicured lawn, if you are careful to mow it each week. For the best results, you’ll need a reel-type mower on the Zorro variety, particularly if you want the appearance of golf-course grass.

Easy-to-Maintain Grass Choice

Are you looking for grass that is low maintenance and won’t look wild if you miss mowing it each week? Do you want to avoid the need for constant fertilization? Would you like to find sod that bounces back if you forget to water it or hit a dry spell?  

Then, Centipede (TifBlair Certified) is the ideal sod variety for you! Although this apple-green grass wins the prize for easy maintenance, you still need to be aware of a few drawbacks including:

  • Open to harm from ground pearls and mole crickets
  • Subject to brown areas
  • Vulnerable to heavy activity

Shade-Tolerant Grass

Has the shade around your home made growing grass impossible? You can finally end years of frustration by selecting St. Augustine (Raleigh) sod. The large seed heads will produce wide grass blades, which will add an interesting element in your yard.

You’ll revel in the dark green color of your lawn and the way it holds up under any drought conditions. This salt- and damage-tolerant choice is also a good “plugging” grass, which you’ll need to fertilize fairly regularly and cut faithfully each week. However, be on the look-out for chinch bugs and brown areas, which we can always help you remedy.

Check Out Photos of Grass Varieties, and Contact Us With Questions

If you would like to see the way these and other sod varieties look after installation on properties, check out our sod photos and let us know your favorite ones. Do you have questions about the best choice of grass for your home? Contact Superior Sod & Garden Supplies now!

Planting Palm Trees to Create a Tropical Oasis: Enjoy Island Time in Your Backyard

When you envision a palm tree, you are instantly transported to a tropical island. Maybe the exotic leaves make you think of sipping a coconut drink near one of your favorite resort beaches. Fortunately, with the climate in Wilmington, N.C., you can actually create the sensation of island time in your own backyard!

Warm Summer Months Ideal for Planting

If you have the urge to plant a palm tree, you can start digging during any time of the year. For the best results, however, the higher temperatures during the summer will help them take root. The upcoming rainy months also allows palms to bounce back if you decide to transplant them during June, July or August.

General Tips for Planting Palm Trees

If you’ve just hauled an exotic palm tree home or had one delivered, are you wondering how to plant it properly? Here are some tips:

  • Plant at ground level, and avoid going too deep.
  • Do not remove the burlap when planting.
  • Be sure to saturate with water every 2 to 3 days, and spray the green top.

More Specific Digging Guidelines

Are you tempted to dig a deep hole for your new palm, thinking that the roots need more room to spread out and get settled? Do you still feel unsure about how deep to plant your palm tree? Here are some specific guidelines:

  • Dig the hole 6 inches beyond the root ball edge. If your current soil does not have good drainage, create a deeper hole, and add a sand gravel mix to avoid water collection.
  • Place the tree in the hole, so that the top of the root ball is even with the ground.
  • Add soil around the root ball while continuing to water as you fill the hole.
  • Get rid of all air pockets, and press sandy soil down firmly.
  • Insert stakes to support larger trees and protect them from wind gusts.

Detailed Watering Schedule

Are you always confused about the extent of watering needed? To help you avoid leaving your new palm tree thirsty or dousing it with love, here is a detailed watering schedule:

  • First month: Water two times every day during the early morning and late afternoon for 1 to 1.5 hours with an automatic drip/injection irrigation system.
  • Second month: Water twice every other day.
  • Third month: Water twice every third day.
  • Fourth month: Water twice every week.

Ideal Time for Fertilization

Once you’ve planted and continued to water your palm tree like clockwork, are you wondering when to fertilize it to keep it healthy all year round? The right time is actually now in early April until late August, so your palm doesn’t sprout new leaves during the cold winter months. Here are our fertilization tips:

  • Choose a slow release fertilizer with an approximate 3:1:3 (NPK) ratio. The ideal selection is a 15:5:15 or a 16:4:8 fertilizer with magnesium, calcium and manganese.
  • Fertilize after 30 days of planting your new palm tree.
  • Fertilize two times a year, and place the granules around the tree root area thoroughly.

Contact Us for More Palm Tree Advice

If you would like to see some of our favorite palm trees, check out our photos. Let us know your favorite picks and if you have questions about selecting the right one. To help your palm trees thrive in your backyard oasis, contact the experts at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies now!

Secret of Winning Large-Scale Sod Projects

At Superior Sod & Garden Supplies, we know how to sod big! Although we enjoy teaching homeowners about creating lush grass at their homes, we get an extra thrill working on large-scale projects. What is our secret for landing this work?

Sod-Growing Experience

During 20 years of growing sod in the extreme climate in Kalispell, Montana, owner Don Curtis started building his reputation as the “Father of Sod.” Over time, he learned why using the correct cultivars and providing his own turf plots was essential. As a result of this experience, he developed a special blend of Bluegrasses, which led to the large-scale project of sodding the University of Montana’s new football stadium in Missoula.

Creation and Success of Special Blend of Bluegrasses

Our special blend of Bluegrasses has contributed to the success of large-scale projects for the following reasons:

  • Drought tolerance
  • Long-term wear
  • Winter hardiness

After the university sod installation project was finished, our company handled the daily maintenance for this massive athletic field. We had only 3 weeks to make sure that the field could withstand the intensity of the university’s homecoming game that year. We are particularly proud that every piece of sod remained intact, which was a major success and complete honor for us!

Golf Courses, Baseball Fields, Parks, Tourist Getaways & More

Besides this athletic field project, we were also selected for many other large-scale projects. Some of these have included:

  • Building golf courses from the initial stage
  • Rebuilding and repairing other tees
  • Sodding many large-scale parks
  • Completing many commercial and residential projects

Photos of Big Sod Work

Sometimes, you just need to see photos to grasp what we mean by “big sod work.” We wanted to share our experiences with you in a visual way. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Completing and reconstructing a sand bunker at a golf course
  • Sodding a park located in Missoula, Montana
  • Reconstructing a golf course in Western North Carolina
  • Using our sod extensively at a tourist getaway
  • Supplying and installing sod on 100-acre fields

Contact Superior Sod & Garden Supplies for Large-Scale Projects

Are you ready to get started on a large-scale sod project? Do you need experienced professionals to ensure that every detail is handled correctly? Contact the “Father of Sod” and “Big Al” at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies now!