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Don graduated from the University of Maryland and has been involved with sod and turf grass for the past 38 years.

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!

Grass, Sod and Turf Management Booklet: Tips for Southeastern Region of Coastal North and South Carolina

When you purchased your home, the large yard may have appealed to your family as one of the major attractions. Now that you’ve settled into your house and the realities of weekly maintenance have taken hold, you’re at a loss about proper lawn care. You can take this problem off your worry list because our experts are committed to sharing our knowledge and educating others.

Highlights From Free Booklet About Lawn Care

To help homeowners understand the important factors in lawn care, we have written a complete booklet about grass, sod and turf management.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • If time permits, clear the section completely to avoid weeds popping up again in your new lawn.
  • Use glyphosate, which will not leave any dangerous substances behind, to facilitate this process.
  • When the existing grass and plants are ready for removal, use a spade, turf iron or petrol turf cutter to make this job easier and ensure a level surface for your new lawn.
  • Pick up or rake out stones and debris such as roots to make sure the area is entirely clear.
  • For the best results, use a double-screened (1/4” sieved) sandy loam topsoil for the top few inches.
  • Double dig or rotovate the soil at least two times to a depth of 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) to make sure that the depth and tilth are uniform.
  • Use a garden fork to break up any large clods to create a level area before working in a good  fertilizer.

Would you like additional information? Click this link to get our comprehensive guide to Turf Care.

“Best in Education Award” and Ongoing Commitment

For the past 7 years, the Arboretum in Wilmington, N.C., has honored us with the “Best in Education” Award. We draw on knowledge based on a 4-year bachelor of science degree in turf and soil sciences as well as the following affiliations:

  • Three major agricultural university systems
  • Local arboretums
  • Extension services

We are dedicated to educating “do-it-yourself” customers who want to purchase a few slabs or pallets of sod to repair small damaged areas. Our experts also help others learn how to replace an entire lawn, so they can enjoy years of healthy grass.

In addition, the team at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies has assisted others with massive projects involving truckloads of sod. We have helped with sod work at the following:

  • Several parks
  • Several 18-hole golf courses
  • University football stadium

In other words, we are delighted to help with projects of any size! To get started and benefit from our expertise, check out the videos on our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperiorSod/about?view_as=public

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. Contact Superior Sod & Garden Supplies now!

Sod: Better to Work With Than Seed

Why should someone choose sod for their lawn? With the summer months approaching fast, your front lawn will have 30 degrees less temperature than what you’d find with rock or asphalt. In addition, sod will be 15 degrees lower in temperature than dirt, and during the summer, the lawn will have an effect similar to numerous air conditioners. The grass takes in carbon dioxide, and it releases oxygen back into the environment. With this choice, you have a more environmentally friendly option that lowers the amount of greenhouse gases.

Establishing a Lawn with Sod

One of most reliable methods of creating a front lawn is to use sod. Because our company takes the time to create the sod from seed, it will reach maturity by the time it reaches your home so that you have the perfect lawn. Proper care for your front sodded yard, and you will have a great lawn within 3 weeks. In addition, installing sod on a lawn takes between 3 to 6 hours, and it does not cost much. People should choose our sod company because:

  • Affordable pricing
  • 40 years of experience and expertise
  • Great work ethic and high level of integrity

Why Seeding Makes Less Sense

You might believe that seeding will cost less. That might be true at first, but a lot of costs will continue happening because of erosion. Also, if you have people walking on newly seeded grass, it can mean that it does not grow. You will have to pay for seeding and watering the lawn. Not to mention, it can take between 2 to 3 weeks before you start to see the fruits of your labor. It takes time to nurture and care for these lawns. Why wait a few months before you can use it?

When you use sod, you can walk on it after a couple weeks have passed. Sod also has maximum flexibility in that you can install it as long as the ground has not been frozen. Also, you do not have to use as much water to establish it.

When you have great landscaping on your home, it adds around 20% value to your home. With well-cut grass, it becomes a soft and welcoming surface where children can play. You can also relax on it because of the softness. For further information, call Superior Sod & Garden Supplies now!

Repair a Patchy Lawn With Sod

Spring is here, which means lawns and plants are starting to pick up their growth. This is a time when many homeowners notice parts of their lawn that may not be looking up to par. Many people attempt to reseed these areas, but sod is a fast and affordable alternative that will get your lawn looking green in no time.

Identify What Caused the Damage

Before you sod a damaged area, it is critical to discover what caused the damage in the first place. Failure to fix the underlying problem could result in damage to your sod. Consider how much traffic the area received, if it is in a low spot that collects water or is particularly susceptible to frost damage, or if there are signs of insect or disease damage. A knowledgeable landscaper can help you determine what may have caused your grass to become damaged and offer solutions to prevent it from being a problem in the future.

Installing Sod on Dead Patches

The first step to putting in sod is to remove the old patches of dead grass. Mark out the area, loosen the soil around the dead patch with a spade or shovel and remove the pieces. You will want to dig deep enough to ensure you remove all the roots, and then rake the area flat. Finish the repair by laying your purchased sod pieces. Pieces should be laid tightly but not stretched or overlapped. Walk on the sod or use a lawn roller to ensure the pieces are pressed down and in contact with the soil.

Proper sod installation is critical to good growth. Improperly laid sod may not thrive or will leave bare spots. You should consider hiring a professional sod company to ensure your job is done properly and effectively.

Care for Your Sod

Water your new sod regularly so that the soil beneath the sod stays wet. You may need to water once a day the first week and slowly taper off. Also, restrict foot traffic for the first 2 weeks, and do not mow the area until it is tightly rooted.

Sod can be a quick and affordable way to patch dead areas of your lawn. However, proper installation and maintenance is critical to make sure your grass looks its very best. If your lawn is looking patchy and brown, contact Superior Sod today to see how we can help!

 

Spring Is Here!

Just in!!!  Spring is here, and the first of many shipments of beautiful Sabal Palms – both booted and slick. We have 40 to choose from and they are averaging from 8′ to 10′ tall. We also have a few 5′ footers!

And, we have completed two “Plucker Beds” totaling a contained area of 500 square feet filled with 8 inches of the finest topsoil. This keeps the Palms moist. We have planted over 60 3 – 5′ Pindos, European Fans, and Windmills.

All of our Palms are under irrigation, and kept looking very good and fresh!

Both “Big Al” and I are looking forward to seeing you at our farm terminal in Ogden – behind the ReStore.

Help Your Garden Grow With Quality Topsoil and Mulch

Now that the months of mentally planning your garden are behind you, the reality of digging your hands back in the earth are exciting but a bit daunting. Your back has been aching more with each passing year, and hauling those mammoth bags of soil has become increasingly challenging. Even though you have been experimenting with different types of topsoil and mulch for decades, you still feel stumped about the right ones to select.

You probably know the frustration of spending hours planting seeds, bulbs, flowers, vegetables and fruits, which never end up growing. The soil you selected looks dry, even after constant watering. This year, you are determined to find the best products, so you can literally see the fruits of your labor.

Benefits of Our Top-Quality Topsoil

When you use our top-of-the-line topsoil for your grass, garden beds and finishing layers, every corner of your yard will blossom! Here are some of the reasons:

  • Certified and balanced compost mix with black dirt and sand for good drainage
  • Heated product free of weed seeds
  • Organic content to hold necessary moisture and nutrients

Advantages of Buying Mulch in Bulk and Scheduling Deliveries

Are you a gardener who feels heady with delight when you see dark, rich, earthy mulch? If so, you know that when you find a good heap, you’ll be trotting back endlessly with a tiny bucket that won’t even tickle the needs of your growing garden. Then, when you stick it in the back seat of your car and hit the brakes too quickly, you have a real mess to clean up on your hands.

Here are some of the advantages of buying mulch in large quantities and scheduling deliveries:

  • Money and time savers, allowing you to relax in your garden instead of running for pickups
  • Constant access to triple-shredded hardwood and chocolate mulch for all your projects
  • Convenient and continual yard access to quality products without debris and foreign items

Contact Us for Efficient Topsoil and Mulch Deliveries Now!

Are you ready to start building raised garden beds but want to avoid hauling large bags of soil in your car? Would you like to have large quantities of the richest mulch, which are always on hand for your gardening projects? Schedule a delivery from Superior Sod and Garden Supplies now!

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!