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If you’ve recently invested in new sod, you are likely excited and anxious for an upgraded summer turf. However, as you’ve probably noticed, your sod must now take root and establish itself over the ground before you can let your kids and dog run across it with confidence. New sod requires special care instructions, including guidelines you should follow at certain points of time. continue reading
Are you considering new sod installation? Congratulations, you’re in for an instant landscape improvement. When it comes to sod, there are several varieties to choose from. Knowing which is best for your particular wants and needs is important. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you make the right sod choice:
What type of soil do you have? Examine the condition of your topsoil, is it rich or does it have a sandy soil bed? continue reading
Considering a new turf? There are many different sod options available, and it can be overwhelming to narrow down your choices. Topping the list of sod types is Bermuda Grass. Bermuda Grass is the most commonly used warm season grass in the United States. Despite its name, Bermuda Grass actually originated in Africa before it was brought to the southern states.
Perhaps the most talked about feature of Bermuda Grass is its ability to grow very fast. In fact, this is its worst and best attribute. If you want or need a grass that is easy to grow and you don’t have time to wait around, then Bermuda Grass is the way to go. Why does it grow so much faster than other sod types? Unlike other grasses, Bermuda contains rhizomes, which are underground shoots that regenerate new plants when they are cut up.
This regenerative power and speedy growth can also be looked upon negatively. In fact, Bermuda Grass is considered a weed by some people. It can even be difficult to get rid of since it can essentially grow a new plant every time it is cut (during mowing) as well as with seeds. Bermuda Grass can require some extra effort to keep it under control.
On the bright side, Bermuda Grass is rather resistant to pests. Before the insects have really done any lawn damage, the grass blades grow back. In addition, Bermuda Grass is also drought-tolerant, which makes it an ideal turf for athletic fields. Lastly, this “weed” type grass may also carry health benefits. Its antimicrobial and antiviral properties have proven beneficial for medicinal purposes.
Whether you see more of the pros or the cons of Bermuda Grass, the decision is up to you at the end of the day. Many times it comes down to personal preferences as well as your specific landscaping needs. If you are unsure which type of sod to lay for your home or business, contact the experts of Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping. We are happy to discuss the advantages or disadvantages of Bermuda as it pertains to your yard.
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone
While we still have several more weeks of winter, you may be starting to dream about your spring and summer lawn. Perhaps this is the year that you are considering a switch from natural grass to artificial grass in order to create that perfect landscape. If you are interested in fake grass, you are not alone. Synthetic grass for landscaping and recreation is growing 10% to 15% a year in the United States. Artificial grass is used for everything from play areas and putting greens to dog runs and personal lawns. But – is fake grass right for you?
Here are some general questions to help you determine if switching to synthetic grass makes sense for you:
- Is watering, weeding, fertilizing, and cutting your real grass too much for you to handle?
- Do you dread your summer water bills?
- Are you against using chemical fertilizers and herbicides in your yard?
- Do you prefer the look of artificial grass compared to real or natural grass?
If you answered yes to all or many of those questions, fake grass is worth a serious look. It is first helpful to understand exactly what fake grass actually is. It is usually made of nylon, polyethylene, or polypropylene. You can choose a synthetic grass that is created to look like the grass of your choice (such as Bermuda, Zoysia, etc). Most synthetic grass types consist of filaments threaded into a backing. This backing is what allows water to seep through. The fake grass is laid on a drainage layer (typically gravel) and connected along the perimeter. Finally, it is filled with sand or crumb rubber to weigh it down and prevent it from blowing away.
There is a money factor involved in artificial grass. The upfront investment is considerable, but it should last you about 15 to 25 years without extra maintenance costs. In general, fake grass can provide major water savings and remarkable convenience. Although you can retire your mower and weeding tools, you’ll still need to blow off leaves and debris and hose off pet waste to keep it looking its best.
To learn more about synthetic grass and determine if it is right for you, please contact Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping for help. We want your yard to be something that you truly enjoy!
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone
If you are considering fescue as your turf of choice this year, now is the time to plant. Landscaping professionals, such as Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping, suggest early fall as the ideal time for planting fescue because it allows for more growing time under ideal growth conditions. Fescue is considered a cool season grass and it will germinate best when the soil temperatures are between 50° and 65°F, which usually occurs when daytime temperatures are averaging around between 60° and 75°F. When planted properly, you can expect your fescue grass to germinate within two weeks.
What are benefits of Fescue Grass?
Fescue remains a popular choice for shade grass. There are many different types of fescue. A landscaping professional can educate you on which sub-group works best in your yard. There are some types of fescue, such as Fine fescue, that can actually work as a built in herbicide. They emit a specific amino-acid that gets absorbed in the roots of competing plants (such as crabgrass or weeds) and causes them to die. Other types of fescue grass are perfect for homeowners who have poor soil condition. Fescue tends to thrive in rocky, clay or sandy areas.
About Home writer Kelly Burke remarks on the benefits of considering fescue in your yard by stating that “Modern, improved fescue grasses are capable of providing lawns as beautiful as any other type of grass with benefit of shade tolerance, low input requirements and the ability to survive further south than it’s cool season contemporaries.” Call Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping today to learn how this cool season grass can bring value to your yard.
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone