With varieties like Bluegrass, Bermuda, St. Augustine, Zoysia, Centipede, Tall Fescue and Buffalograss available, you’d think that buying sod can’t get much more complex. However, that’s not entirely the case.
Increasingly, in hopes of preserving the ecosystem, sustainable sod is being produced. This allows home and business owners to have their lawns or property grounds designed, constructed and maintained without adverse effects to the environment.
But what makes sod sustainable? Is it really different than the traditional sod many consumers have been buying for years? More importantly, is it worth taking the time to look into?
Yes, it is.
Every year, excessive amounts of fertilizers and treatments are used to help lawns look healthy. Fuel is constantly burned during frequent lawn mowing. Unfortunately, the carbon release, as well as the fertilizer and pesticide usage, are what pollutes both our water supply and our air.
So, what can you do? Purchase sustainable sod.
In a nutshell, sod is considered sustainable when less input is needed from the owner to keep it in prime condition.
According to Justin Wallace from Sod Solutions, “Slower vertical growth, their sod requires less mowing. An increased drought resistance result in less watering, and overall sustainability requires less fertilizing.”
In other words, sustainable sod requires less maintenance from you. More importantly, it allows you to drastically decrease the harmful effects to the environment.
Availability and Cost
A great place to start on your search for a beautiful and hearty lawn is Sod Solutions. Located in South Carolina, Sod Solutions offers “Improved turfgrass varieties that have been put through rigorous testing to ensure their sustainability.” Although their biggest markets are Texas and Florida, visiting their website www.sodsolutions.com, will direct you to your nearest vendor according to zip code.
When it comes to cost, you can expect sustainable sod to run a few cents more per square foot. In all reality, you’ll get that money back, and then some, due to reduced spending on lawn maintenance products.
Why Sustainable Sod?
If you think about it, sustainable sod brings us back full circle to that reuse and recycle frame of mind that existed so long ago. Although sustainable sod still needs to be treated, you can try reverting to organic products from companies like A-1 Organic Lawns (www.a-1organiclawns.com) to maintain it. According to Jeff Copeland from A-1 Organic Lawns, their products allow you to “Treat your lawn safely and naturally without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers.”
A green and healthy eco-friendly lawn that’s safe for the environment and the ones you love? It doesn’t get much better than that.
By Shelley Redd