Bermuda Sod Delivery and Installation

Get a durable and thick lawn that saves you on water consumption when you choose Bermuda sod.

About Bermuda Sod

Bermuda is a warm season type of sod that flourishes in the warmer seasons, mostly in the summer. Our Bermuda has a beautiful blade and is reminiscent of a golf course. Tennessee is about the start of where you will find Bermuda, as most the grasses above Tennessee are cool season grasses. Therefore Tennessee is called a transition zone, which allows cool season and warm season grasses to be grown. With proper care, Bermuda grass can thrive in Tennessee and provide you with a beautiful, low-maintenance lawn for years to come.

Why Choose Bermuda Sod? 

One of the primary advantages of this Bermuda grass is its exceptional drought resistance, which means that it requires less water to maintain its color and health. This not only saves on water consumption, but it also makes it an ideal choice for areas with limited access to water. Additionally, Bermuda sod grass is highly durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic and usage, making it perfect not only for families with kids but also for areas such as sports fields and playgrounds. The grass is attractive with its lovely deep green color and tight, uniform texture, making any property look well-manicured and well-cared-for. 

Because Bermuda sod grass has a rapid growth rate, it can quickly fill in bald spots and create a thick, even lawn. Finally, this grass requires minimal maintenance, making it an ideal choice for those who want a beautiful lawn without spending too much time tending to it.

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Types of Bermuda Grass 

There are two main types of Bermuda grass: common Bermuda grass and hybrid Bermuda grass.

Common Bermuda grass is the most common type of Bermuda grass. It is a hardy grass that is tolerant of a wide range of conditions. However, it is not as drought-tolerant as hybrid Bermuda grass. Common Bermuda grass is also more susceptible to weeds and pests.

Hybrid Bermuda grass is a cross between common Bermuda grass and other types of Bermuda grass. It is generally more expensive than common Bermuda grass, but it is also more durable and tolerant of a wider range of conditions. For example, hybrid varieties are more drought-tolerant and pest-resistant than common Bermuda grasses. Hybrid Bermuda grass is also more wear-tolerant, making it a good choice for lawns that are used for sports or recreation.

Bermuda Properties 

Because Bermuda grass is a warm-season grass, it grows best in warm weather. When the weather cools down, Bermuda grass will go dormant. This means that the grass will stop growing and the blades will turn brown. Bermuda goes dormant at around 45-50 degree temps. Once the temperatures warm up in the spring, your Bermuda grass will start to green up again. You will need to start watering and fertilizing your grass again at this time. Bermuda adapts to a wide range of soil conditions, but best growth occurs on fertile soils. However it also adapts and grows perfectly in a wide range of soil conditions including infertile sand, compacted clay, along with alkaline and saline soils. Bermuda does not fare well in the shade.

Some of the most popular varieties of Bermuda grass are:

  • Tifway 419: a hybrid Bermuda grass that is known for its durability and shade tolerance.
  • Celebration Bermuda grass: a hybrid Bermuda grass that is known for its dark green color and fine texture. 
  • TifTuf Bermuda grass: a hybrid Bermuda grass that is known for its drought tolerance and wear resistance.

Caring for Bermuda Grass

Installing Bermuda Sod

The best time to install Bermuda sod is in the spring or fall, when the weather is cool and moist. Install your sod as soon as possible after it is delivered; the sod will start to dry out if it is not installed within a few hours of delivery. Since Bermuda grass does not tolerate shade well, it’s important to choose a sunny location to lay your sod. Your soil should be moist and loosened to a depth of at least 6 inches and free of weeds, debris, and rocks. Lay the sod so that the edges overlap by at least 2 inches, then roll the sod with a garden roller to help it settle into place. Water the sod thoroughly after it is installed. Not everyone is willing or able to lay sod on their own – that’s why companies like Sod Source also provide sod installation services. Call us at 615-628-7097 for a quote.

Bermuda Watering Tips

When not dormant, drought tolerance of Bermuda grass is good, but to look its best a consistent water regime is required. We recommend the following watering schedule: 

March – October: Water 2 x per day, 20 minutes each area, morning and evening for 2 weeks. 

November – February: Sod is dormant. But if it’s still green, water 2x per day 12 hours apart for 15 minutes each area. If grass is still wet 12 hours after evening watering, wait until dry to water again.

Bermuda Mowing Tips

After installation, mow your sod for the first time when it is about 3 inches tall. For regular mowing, fescue grass benefits from being mowed at a height of 1-1.5 inches. Mowing Bermuda grass once a week is sufficient. Mowing more often can stress the grass and make it more susceptible to weeds. Remember to sharpen your mower blades, since dull mower blades can tear the grass blades unevenly and make your lawn look unhealthy.

Sod vs. Seed:
Which Is Better?

When it comes to achieving a perfectly green, healthy lawn, two options come to mind: sod or seed. While both methods can give you a luscious lawn, there are many advantages to opting for sod over seed. The first benefit of sod is that it is much more convenient. With sod, you can have a lush lawn in a matter of hours versus weeks or even months with seed. Sod is also much easier to install than seed, with no need for any tilling or waiting for germination. Additionally, sod guarantees uniformity throughout your lawn, meaning no patchy areas or uneven growth. In contrast, seeding can result in a more inconsistent lawn, which may require additional seed and more time to maintain. Lastly, sod requires significantly less maintenance than seeded lawns, with none of the need for frequent watering and the constant threat of weeds and pests. This could really save you time and money in the long run. All in all, sod is a wise investment for those looking for a quick, effortless, and aesthetically pleasing way to transform their outdoor space.

Should I Install Sod Myself? 

Whether or not you should install your own sod depends on a few factors, including your budget, your time constraints, and your DIY skills.

Cost

The cost of sod installation will vary depending on the size of your lawn, the type of sod you choose, and the cost of labor in your area. If cost is the main concern for you, then you may be better off laying the sod on your own. Just make sure you do plenty of research before your sod is delivered.

Time

Sod installation is a time-consuming project. It can take several hours to install a small lawn, and even longer for a large lawn. Time is of the essence when installing sod, since it may dry out if left above ground for too long. A professional sod installer will be able to lay your sod in much shorter time than you likely could yourself.

DIY Skills

Sod installation will go better for an amateur with some basic DIY skills. If you are not comfortable working with tools or following instructions, you may want to consider hiring a professional.

The greatest benefit to installing sod yourself is the cost savings. However, laying sod is a physically demanding job and requires a baseline level of DIY experience and knowledge. If you aren’t careful, you could make mistakes that damage your lawn and end up costing you more in the long run. Ultimately, the decision of whether to lay your own sod or hire a professional sod installation company is a matter of personal choice. 

Sod Installation Tips 

If you decide to install your own sod, here are some tips to help you get the job done right:

Plan ahead: Make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials before you start.

Prepare the soil: The soil should be loose and well-drained.

Lay the sod: Lay the sod in a staggered pattern and overlap the edges by at least 6 inches.

Water the sod: Water the sod regularly, especially during the first few weeks.

Fertilize the sod: Fertilize the sod according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

With a little planning and effort, you can install your own sod and have a beautiful lawn in no time. But if you decide that installing sod is not for you, the professionals at Sod Source have you covered!

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