BJ Haunert - Thursday, March 09, 2017

sodding

We all aspire to have a beautiful lawn to enhance the appeal of our home as well as create a comfortable place for engaging in outdoor activities. The challenge comes when deciding whether to get your lawn via seeding or sodding. This boils down to factors such as how long you are willing to wait for the lawn to be usable, your budget and many other factors.

In most cases, people prefer sodding to seeding. Nonetheless, sodding has both advantages and disadvantages.

Pros

  • Sodding gives you an instant lawn. Once you are done with the hard work of laying down the sod, you get a beautiful green lawn. This is unlike seeding which takes time before the grass seeds start sprouting.
  • With sod, you can comfortably walk over it once you are done planting. Your dogs or pets can also play on it without you worrying. This is unlike grass which needs time to grow without any interference.
  • Less care is needed with sodding. This is because sod is already mature turf that has been taken care off by a professional. Seeding on the other hand requires maximum care which you have to do yourself. Apart from that, sodding reduces dust and soil erosion and at the same time gives quality results.

Cons

  • The initial cost is high compared to that of seeding because you are actually paying someone the time and effort they have put into growing the grass.
  • You need to water the sod consistently for a while till it becomes well established.
  • You are somewhat restricted on the type of grass you can get based on where you live. The species you are likely to get will be restricted to the one best known to grow in your area.

For more information on establishing a beautiful lawn, contact us to schedule an appointment.

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BJ Haunert - Thursday, March 02, 2017

putting-green

Anyone who has ever even ventured onto a golf course understands that the type of grass has a major influence on the way the course plays. The grass in the rough is much higher than in other places, making it hard to hit out of. The grass on the green is mowed much shorter, leading to an easier time putting. The fairway tends to run somewhere in between the rough and the green. But, what effect does the type of grass really have on your putting game?

Does the Grass Tolerate Low Cutting?

The priority for grass that is used on greens is that the grass can tolerate being cut to appropriate heights. The grass height on the green tends to run around a quarter of an inch or lower. Grass such as Creeping Bentgrass can tolerate these types of cuttings. While the grass will withstand the typical wear and tear of the golf course a little better at higher heights, the grass can be cut to 3/16 of an inch and still survive.

What Type of Texture Does the Grass Provide?

In addition to the height of the grass, the texture of the grass will also matter for putting purposes. If the grass is rough, the ball is going to have trouble picking up speed along the green. If the grass is slick, the ball could slip and slide along the green and even roll off of the green with minimal contact. Creeping Bentgrass has a good texture for greens as well and while other grasses such as Kentucky Bluegrass might be a little rougher in texture, it can't tolerate the low cut.

If you have questions about which type of grass is right for your golf course, contact the experts at Modern Turf today!

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BJ Haunert - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring-lawn

With spring approaching, the time is drawing near to think about when to begin treating your lawn for the new season.

In preparation to treat your personal or commercial lawn for the spring, keep in mind you don’t want to start the process too early. As the weather warms, wait patiently for your lawn to wake itself up gradually. You might compact the grass or kill new shoots before they’ve matured if you do too much work on your lawn too soon.

While you’re waiting, you can accomplish other equipment maintenance-related tasks, such as sharpening mower blades, servicing and cleaning your lawnmower, string trimmer and other tools, buying fresh gasoline and properly disposing of old fuel. We suggest cleaning up the lawn by raking away twigs, leaves and other debris that accumulated over winter in preparation for applying herbicides and fertilizers. Additionally, this helps you more easily detect any dead or compacted areas throughout the lawn that need attention or aeration.

You next tasks include planting grass, or reseeding particular areas that are brown or bare, and also fertilizing the grass once it is well established. Grass seeds germinate when soil temperatures are approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so you should seed your lawn only once daytime temperatures are consistently about that level. If you don't know what sod to use, get advice from experts at Modern Turf.

For property owners in the south, spring is a good time to apply a combination of fertilizers and herbicides early in the season, or just as the grass begins its most active growth. How much you should apply can depend on where you live, the climate and topography, the extent of your weed problem and other factors, so be sure to check the product packaging for details.

If you have questions about your lawn care, the experts at Modern Turf in Rembert, SC, have an answer. Contact us to schedule a consultation or browse sod, mulch and other landscape supplies.

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BJ Haunert - Thursday, February 16, 2017

sod-installation

For many homeowners, the idea of waiting for just the right time to seed a lawn, watering and caring for it meticulously, then sitting back and hoping that their grass will eventually spring up from what currently looks like a desert wasteland is just too much to bear. For these people, sod installation is the perfect solution. Along with being a much quicker and easier way to get your lawn looking green and luscious, sod has a number of other advantages as well. Below are just a few of the reasons why sod installation is an excellent option to consider:

Immediate Erosion Control

Since sod has a fully developed root system the day it is installed, it can immediately be put to use fortifying your soil and preventing your yard from eroding. This is especially important if your lawn has hills, valleys, small ponds and other landscaping features that may not survive the first heavy rainfall without enough vegetation to hold the soil in place.

Increased Home Value

A beautiful lawn goes a long way to improving the value of your home. Even if you have no intentions of selling it, the enjoyment you'll get from a thick and luscious lawn is priceless. Nothing beats the feeling of fresh grass beneath your feet and the view of perfectly grown lawn stretching out away from your home. Sod installation gives you the perfect lawn each and every time, increasing the value of your home and increasing the pleasure you get out of it.

Ease of Instillation

The relative ease and quickness of sod installation is something we've touched on already, but it cannot be overstated; compared to seeding, sod installation is much more convenient. In just days, your yard can go from being barren topsoil to a perfectly maintained, breathtaking lawn. Sure, seeding can get you there too, eventually, but with sod instillation, little stands between you and the perfect lawn.

Thanks to its many advantages, sod instillation is becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners everywhere. If you would like to learn more about installing sod in your lawn, contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you schedule your sod installation.

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