How to Choose the Right Type of Sod

If you’re a homeowner, then you know that keeping your lawn looking nice is important. You may also know that sod is a great way to improve the look of your lawn quickly and easily. But with so many types of sod available, it can be hard to know which type is right for your needs. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of sod available and help you choose the right one for your home.

What does sod mean?

Sod is a piece of grass and soil that has been cut out from one area and transplanted to another. Sods are usually planted in rows like bricks or tiles, then they’re watered until they grow roots into the surrounding dirt, so they can’t be pulled up easily.

Why is it important?

A beautiful, well-manicured lawn can really improve the look of your home and add value to your property. A healthy lawn also helps keep your property cooler in the summer and can act as a natural filter for rainwater runoff.

What are the different types of sod?

There are three main types of sod: cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses.

Cool-season Grasses

Cool-season grasses grow best in temperatures between 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not tolerate high heat well.

These include varieties such as Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, ryegrass, and bentgrass. They grow best in climates that have mild winters and cool summers. Cool-season grasses generally require more water than other types of sod, but they also tolerate shade better than other types of turfgrass.

Warm-season Grasses

These grasses grow best when temperatures are between 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not survive cold winters very well. 

Warm-season grasses are usually more tolerant of drought than other types of turfgrass because they go dormant during the winter months or when there is a lack of water available to them; however, this can also cause problems if you live in an area where it frequently snows since these types tend not to survive well under snow cover (they’ll die off over time).

These include varieties such as Bermuda grass, Bahia grass, St. Augustine grass, and Zoysia grass. They grow best in climates that have hot summers and cool winters. Zoysiagrass does not require as much maintenance as other warm-season species because its roots spread out further into soil depths where moisture is found even during drought conditions.

Things to consider before choosing a sod type


Consider your budget.

Before you choose any sod type, you need to consider your budget. How much are you willing to spend? This will help you narrow down which type of sod you want to buy.

The climate of where you live

It’s important to consider the climate you live in and what type of grass will grow best there. If you live in warmer parts of the country, you’ll likely want to choose a cooler season grass. If you live in a climate that stays warm all year round, look for a warm-season variety such as Bermuda grass.

For instance, cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass are suitable for regions that have mild winters and cool summers, while warm-season species such as Bermuda grass can tolerate hot weather better than their counterparts do.

How much maintenance are you willing to do?

If you have a lot of time on your hands and don’t mind doing some extra work every day, then choosing the right type of sod might be easier than if you’re always busy with other things, such as raising kids or working a full-time job.

Cool-season grasses generally require more maintenance than warm-season species, but the payoff is that they’ll look better for longer periods of time with less effort on your part. However, if you’re not someone who wants to spend a lot of time caring for their lawn, then a warm-season type of sod might be a better option since it generally requires less maintenance.

Consider the location.

Where are you going to put the sod? Is it going to be in a place where there is full sun all day long, partial shade for some parts of each day, or even no sunlight at all (i.e., under trees)? How much water does that area receive from rain showers during springtime when the snow melts off and runs down into your property lines? How much water are you going to have to provide for the sod on a daily or weekly basis?

Consider the type of yard you have.

Do you have a flat yard with no hills or slopes? How big is your yard – is it small, medium, or large? For instance, if you have a small yard that’s mostly flat and doesn’t get much sun, then cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass might work better than warm-season species like Bermuda grass because they’ll survive better under those conditions.

If you have a large yard with slopes and lots of trees, then cool-season varieties like Kentucky bluegrass might not be the best choice since they’ll require more maintenance (i.e., watering every day) while being less tolerant of shade than Bermuda grass.

If you live in an area that receives little rainfall during springtime when the snow melts off and runs down into your property lines, then warm-season species like Bermuda grass might be a better choice since they’re more drought tolerant than cool-season varieties like Kentucky bluegrass.

Consider your time restraints.

How much time do you have to water, fertilize, and mow your lawn every week? How many hours per day can you dedicate to these activities? How often would you like someone else (i.e., a landscaper) to do them instead of doing them yourself?

Consider whether you have pets.

If you have dogs or cats, then warm-season grasses like Bermuda might be better than cool-season varieties like Kentucky bluegrass because they’ll survive better under those conditions (i.e., less susceptible to urine damage).

Consider what you want to grow in-between the sod strips

This can include grass and groundcovers, something in between, or nothing at all. If you want to grow grass and groundcovers in-between the sod strips, then you’ll need to make sure that the type of sod you buy will allow for that. For instance, if you’re looking to install a lawn using St. Augustinegrass (a warm-season species) but also want to plant some strawberries between the strips of sod, then this type of lawn won’t work because St. Augustinegrass is sensitive to soil acidity and strawberries prefer acidic soils.

If you want to grow something in-between the strips of sod (but not grass), consider choosing a species that’s more tolerant of shade, such as Kentucky bluegrass or buffalo grass instead of Bermuda grass.

If you want to install a lawn using sod, but don’t want anything growing in-between the strips, then choose a species that doesn’t require any maintenance, such as Celebration Bermuda grass.

What kind of soil is in your yard?

Some grasses thrive best in moist soil. Others prefer dry soil. And some types like the full sun, while others do well with only partial sunlight. Watering needs also vary between different grasses, as does their tolerance for shade.

How often do you plan on mowing?

Some turfgrass types grow more slowly than others and require less maintenance, but they can also be more expensive. You need to consider how often you are willing and able to mow your lawn before deciding what kind of grass will work best for you.

Professional tips for maintaining the right sod for your needs

When it comes to choosing the right type of sod for your home or business, it’s important to consider a few factors. Here are some tips on how to maintain the sod you have chosen for your landscape:

  • Avoid shady areas
  • Keep it watered
  • Avoid high-stress areas
  • Don’t use herbicides, pesticides, or weed killers on it.
  • Don’t mow until it’s well established.
  • Make sure the lawnmower can handle the height of the cut.
  • If you have pets, keep their nails and claws clipped. Pet waste should be removed after every use. Trim dog or cat nails regularly.
  • Remove any stones, twigs, or other debris from the top of the sod.
  • Fertilize in early spring and late fall with a slow-release fertilizer.
  • Mow at least once a week, more often during hot weather.
  • Stay off the lawn as much as possible (especially when wet).
  • If you have an irrigation system, make sure it’s set up and functioning properly.


When you get down to it, there are three main factors to consider when choosing the right sod for your yard. The first is cost, not just the price of a roll of sod or a lawn installation service, but also the long-term cost of maintaining your yard.

The second consideration is maintenance; different types of sod will require different levels of care, from moderate to extensive.

The third factor is environmental impact; each type of sod will have its own effect on the environment. While these points may seem obvious, they play a huge part in what type of sod is ultimately best for you.

Make sure to take all these considerations into account before deciding on a type of sod, and it will go a long way towards helping you choose the right turf for your yard.