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Our Sod Varieties
Kentucky Bluegrass – Poa Pentenis
Our Kentucky bluegrass sod is a dark-green, medium textured turf that is perfect for northern lawns. It grows quickly in the cooler months of fall, winter, and spring. Blade growth is parallel to one another giving the appearance of an upright or tall lawn. It can self-repair when injured, and has a moderate wear tolerance. Summer the warmer summer months if stressed for water it can go dormant.
RTF® – Rhizomatous Tall Fescue
RTF® sod is an advanced generation of turf-type tall fescue which produces rhizomes. A rhizome is an underground stem that penetrates laterally through the soil to spread the plant. Rhizomes send shoots up to the soil surface while extending new roots downward, forming a new plant. The rhizomatous nature of RTF is similar to Kentucky bluegrass. However, unlike Kentucky bluegrass RTF will survive the transition zone climate and other tall fescue turf regions.
Turfgrass sod is better at slowing water runoff and preventing erosion
Seeded slopes show 10 to 12 times greater runoff (7.5 gal/min) than sodded (0.5 gal/min) during high rates of irrigation or rain. In tests, water soaked into sod at a rate or 7.6 inches per hour compared to .23 to .25 inches per hour on slopes with thinner cover.
When nitrates are found in nearby ground water, turf fertilization is sometimes wrongly accused. In fact, tests show that growing turfgrass sod plants absorb most fertilizer nitrogen almost immediately and very little in the way of applied nutrients escape the grass itself. The small amount of phosphate in turf fertilizers is quickly absorbed by the turfgrass and soil, contributing to plant growth that has many ecological benefits.
Microbes in Turfgrass Sod Help Break Down Chemicals
The use of pesticides on turf has caused concern. Yet, tests show that dense turfgrass sod slows runoff velocity and allows water to infiltrate where soil microbes degrade the chemicals.
Pesticides watered in after application stay in the thin layer of thatch in healthy turfgrass. The root zones of mature grass plants also provide excellent conditions for more complete herbicide degradation.
Sod Helps Groundwater Replacement
An acre of turfgrass sod provides an average of 600,000 gallons of water replacement each year under average rainfall.
A typical 150 acre golf course located in the Midwest, for example, will recharge the water table with 90 million gallons of rainwater and snowmelt a year. This golf course would use about 9 million gallons of water a year for irrigation, providing a net gain of 81 million gallons for water table replenishment.
Sod Helps Neutralize Acid Rain
Acid rainfall through healthy turfgrass can be as much as 10 times less acid in reaction, restoring a more favorable quality to the environment
Lawn Management Program
Learn how to properly maintain a beautiful and healthy lawn with our season long Lawn Management Program and recommendations.
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