6 surprising sod facts
Posted September 17, 2015
Updated February 26, 2016
1. Sod can be installed any time of year
Unlike whiny grass seed, which is needy and whiny, sod is tough and ready when you are. Sod will go hard 365 days a year and 366 on leap years because sod never takes a day off. Choose your grass type, get your sod, install, enjoy.
2. There’s a North Carolina Sod Producers Association website that helps homeowners and lawn enthusiasts locate local sod growers in North Carolina
It’s this one.
3. Shopping local and going green doesn't have to pricey
According to the North Carolina Sod Producers Association (NCSPA), buying sod from an NCSPA member helps everyone out. It keeps money in the local state economy and provides consumers with a fresh and locally grown product. “Locally grown” varieties of sodded grass matters, because locally grown varieties adapted to North Carolina conditions ensures a healthy, dense, vigorous turf that is less susceptible to pests and environmental stress. Purchasing locally grown, healthy sod from an NC SPA member can also result in less shipping costs and carbon emissions.
4. Zoysiagrass is a real thing and not a type of salad served in the Star Trek universe.
5. Here's the mole!
New pesticide laws in North Carolina now make it possible to use some chemical products to keep moles from ruining yards and lives. Be sure to check that the product has a revised label stating it can be used on sod in North Carolina.
6. Turfgrass is the most widely grown ornamental crop in the southern United States
According to NC State’s TurfFiles, “the two million acres of turfgrass grown in North Carolina, single family homes account for about 60%, with acreage concentrated in the population centers of the state. Turfgrass is also used on sod farms, athletic fields, roadsides, golf courses, and parkland, and around schools, churches, and commercial buildings.” Who knew?!
This story was written for our sponsor, the North Carolina Sod Producers Association -- Great quality, great price, and a commitment to community.
This promotion is supported in part by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.