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Sod Comparison

Sod Type Comparison

Many people are unsure of what type of sod will work best for their project. We carry two types, each having their own strengths.

Cool Season Grasses

A cool season grass grows better in the northern half of the country and has two growing seasons: spring and fall. If you live in the middle of the country, with hot summers and cold winters, cool season sod is a good choice. Most people in the transition zone go with Tall Fescue or Kentucky Bluegrass (cool season) because they are green almost all year and have deep green color. Generally, these lawns require mild maintenance.

Check out our Cool Season Maintenance Page for more info about the sod that we offer!

Texture

The texture of your new lawn will both depend on the type that you choose, and the height that it is mowed at. The shorter you mow your lawn, the thinner the blades will grow, and will make the texture more fine.

Water Requirements

Different species of grass require different amounts of water to do well. Also, your personal expectations will determine how much water you need to apply. If you want to maintain a golf course appearance through July you will have to water more than if you don't mind slight discoloration.

Cool season grasses will need more water to maintain appearance through drought. Our university approved sod blends are bred to required less water than common cultivars.

Fertilizer Requirements

All plants require nutrients to grow, and your lawn is no different.

Wear Tolerance

Wear tolerance is the resistance to physical use of the lawn such as heavy use on a sports field. Our grasses are University tested to be superior in this regard. Kentucky Bluegrass is better for northern climate athletic fields.

Cold Tolerance

Our grasses have varying degrees of cold tolerance. Cool season grasses are very cold tolerant and are well suited for long winters. They will turn a greenish brown during the coldest months when sub freezing temperatures are common, and then turn lush green come springtime.

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The most common sod type by region:

  • Northeast, New England, Midwest: HD2000® Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Mid-Atlantic: DuraBlend® Tall Fescue
  • Still confused about what type of lawn to establish?

    Call us at 708-720-2222 or email us at carmens@centralsod.com for more information!