There are several considerations in determining which type of grass will be best for you. The considerations include what type of lawn you would like, what the expected traffic on the grass will be, and sun/shade considerations. We have several types of turf and can help you select a good match for your needs.
This varies by region, but in general, for the West Texas area, we recommend spring into the earliest parts of fall. In addition, sod installed in the spring or early fall may be less stressed due to the milder temperatures (and may require less water as well).
Sod can be highly perishable and should be installed immediately after pickup. To ease the entire process, make sure that your ground is prepared prior to picking up your new turf.
We recommend allowing 2-3 weeks for the new turf to settle in, and light or normal use should be Ok after this time. We recommend up to 4 or 5 weeks for heavy traffic or rough activity, depending on on overall growth.
Keeping an eye on your new turf is relatively easy, and signs of drying out should be evident. One recommended way to check if your new lawn is receiving enough water is rather simple – push a screwdriver into the soil in several places. If it inserts relatively easily and to a depth of 5-6 inches, it is likely your soil is properly soaked. If the screwdriver is difficult to insert into the soil, or you can only reach a depth of just a few inches, that is a sign the soil is too dry. It is important not to allow the new turf to dry out… it can shrink, as well as suffer undue stress while it is trying to establish itself. Watering approximately one inch per week should be sufficient, but if the weather is persistently hot and dry, more water will be needed.
Yes, we believe sod is the superior choice, and for several good reasons. Turf/sod overall can take less work than seeding and requires less water. Re-seeding or over-seeding is often required for seeded lawns… some seeds simply don’t germinate, and birds, soil erosion and wind will all work against the new lawn. To add to this frustration, seeded lawns can requires months of nurturing and additional water before they established themselves, perhaps an entire spring to fall season. A sod lawn, on the other hand, will be ready for use within a few weeks. Plus, it will be green and make a good presentation almost immediately since it is already mature grass.