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Why is Choosing the Right Type of Sod Important?

Posted by Ryan Wolfe on Jan 19, 2016 11:04:14 AM

There are several varieties of sod to choose from when looking to install a new lawn or when renovating an existing lawn. Which type is right for you? 

Here are some things to consider:

  • Cool Season Grasses vs Warm Season Grasses
  • Texture
  • Water Requirements
  • Wear tolerance
  • General maintenance 




Cool Season Grasses vs Warm Season Grasses

The differences in cool season grasses include all of the points that will be discussed below. The main difference is that cool season grasses will have a deep green color for most, if not all of the year. Warm season grasses will go dormant with the first hard frost and will turn a straw brown color. Warm season varieties will remain dormant until ground temps reach a steady 70 degrees for two weeks or so.

Cool season varieties include Tall Fescue, Fine Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass. Warm season varieties include Zoysia grass and Bermuda grass. 


Texture varies from variety to variety. Tall Fescue and Zoysia are going to have a medium blade texture. Bluegrass is going to have a medium-fine texture. Lastly Bermuda grass is going to have a fine blade texture. Mowing height also plays a factor in texture. The lower your yard is kept, the finer the blade texture will be. The higher your yard is kept, the coarser the blade texture will be.

Water Requirements

Cool season varieties such as our DuraBlend® Tall Fescue and HD2000® Kentucky Bluegrass have been bred to grow deep roots and require less water in drought conditions. If you want the ultimate in drought tolerance, warm season varieties are the ticket. Zoysia and Bermuda grasses will outlast any cool season variety during drought conditions.

Wear Tolerance


There are several causes of wear on a lawn including kids playing, pets running, high traffic areas, etc. Cool season varieties are wear tolerant but some will not self-repair and varieties that do self-repair are slow to do so. Warm season varieties will self-repair and are aggressive in doing so. Bermuda grass is very aggressive and is great for high wear areas.

General Maintenance 

General maintenance includes watering, mowing, fertilization and chemical application. Bluegrass is going to be at the highest end of the maintenance spectrum requiring attention to all aspects of general maintenance. Next would come Tall Fescue. Fescues are generally disease and drought tolerant but require more attention to fertility and mowing frequency. Bermuda grass and Zoysia Grass are going to be the lowest maintenance out of these varieties. 


 Select your Sod 

There are definitely several factors to consider when choosing a sod variety for your lawn. Keep in mind what you are hoping to get out of your lawn when making the decision. There is a variety out there for everyone! If you have any questions give us a call, 800-866-1387, or shoot us an email, info@centralsodmd.com, and we will be happy to assist you in making your decision. 


Topics: Sod Installation


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