The envy of most homeowners is a plush, green lawn. While the ideal weather and a commitment to persistent maintenance are key factors for accomplishing this goal, they aren't everything. From selecting the right type of sod for your climate to properly preparing the soil, there are a number of key factors you don't want to overlook if you want to get the most out of your sod.

Climate And Sod Selection

All sod doesn't fare the same in different climates. For this reason, your local climate should be the first factor you consider during the sod selection process. In terms of climate, all areas will fit within one of three main zones; warm, cool or neutral. For warmer climates, look for a sod that can withstand high-levels of heat and be somewhat drought-proof so that during those periods in the summer when it's really hot and dry, the grass will remain healthy.

Bermuda is an excellent option for this type of region. Colder climate sod needs to be able to withstand temperature fluctuations that can easy fall below freezing for an extended period, while still remaining healthy and resilient. Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass are good options. Neutral climates are those regions that experience all four seasons, equally. If you fall within this category, you're lucky because just about any type of sod will work.

Preparing The Soil

It doesn't matter if you select the most high-quality sod for your lawn, if you aren't taking the time to properly prepare the soil – your efforts are basically worthless. If you have never had sod applied in the area before, it's best to begin this process by having the soil tested. Sod can only grow when the soil is rich in nutrients and somewhat acidic. If your soil doesn't fit within the category, the sod won't adhere and grow properly.

Having the soil tested will let you know what further steps you need to take before having the sod applied. Step two is to remove any grass, weeds, rocks or other debris. Although they may seem harmless, these debris create an obstruction that prevents the sod from embedding into the soil. The last phase is to till the soil. The tilling process strengthens and loosens the soil, which ensures the sod will have access to the oxygen it needs once it is applied.

How much success you have from your new sod installation has a lot to do with you. From selecting the best type of sod to preparation, make sure you are doing your part.

For more information, contact B & B Hoffman Sod Farms or a similar company.