So you’re tired of your old, beat up, patchy lawn and you’re trying to figure out the best sod  for your lawn.  There are many factors to consider when choosing the best sod for lawns.  The first thing to do is figure out what your zone is.  There are 3 of them.  Warm, transitional, and cool season zones.   See pic for the zone you are in.

Grass zone map

So now that you have an idea of what zone you are in based on the map, you can then narrow down the sod grass that is common and grown in your area.  In Tennessee, Bermuda, zoysia, and fescue are all great for this area, because of it being in the transitional zones.  So, now, you have to narrow down even more.  Rain.  How much rain do you typically get?  If you get a lot, then all 3 types hold up well.  However, if you run through a dry spell, fescue isn’t going to do as well as zoysia or Bermuda.  This is because fescue is a cool season grass while Bermuda and zoysia are warm season grasses.  If you have fescue and you do have a lot of dry weather, you can invest in a irrigation system that can come on and keep your lawn from getting dried up and receive the moisture it needs to sustain itself.  Another thing to think about when deciding on which sod to use is the shade your lawn has.  If your lawn rarely gets any sun, your best bet is to go with a fescue lawn, because of it’s ability to go quite some of the day without sunlight.  If your yard does have a lot of sunlight, then you may want to go with a warm season grass because it thrives in the heat.  One important factor to keep in mind when choosing your sod is to understand that warm season grass goes dormant, which means it turns brown.  This is important to know if you want a green lawn throughout the whole year.  You can overseed a warm season lawn with Ryegrass to keep it green year round.  Another factor in deciding about which sod to go with is maintenance.  Bermuda and zoysia are slow growing grasses which means less mowing for you.  Fescue on the other hand grows fast and needs mowed more often.  Weeds are common in fescue lawns more so than Bermuda or zoysia lawns because of the way fescue’s root system is.  Zoysia and Bermuda’s root system spreads horizontally above the surface and deep into the ground, whereas fescue just spread down into the ground.  Fescue doesn’t have as much coverage as Bermuda, as Bermuda and zoysia have a carpet like look because of their dense characteristics. Want more info on trying to figure out the best sod to go with?  Click on this link we’ve found helpful in determining what sod suits your lawn best: 3 Ways to Choose Sod  

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