Buying the Right Sod for Sacramento

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 22, 2013 11:12:00 AM

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Choosing sod for your Sacramento Area home can feel like a daunting task because there are so many choices.  Many homeowners we talk to don't know where to start.  We suggest that the best place to start is with quality.  Green Acres Nursery & Supply carries only the highest quality sod, grown by Delta Bluegrass.  As the homeowner, you don't have to worry about starting with an inferior product.  Delta Bluegrass is one of those companies that's been around for decades because they have grown the best quality sod in our area.

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Over the past 30 years Delta Bluegrass has worked to develop sod blends and varieties perfectly suited for the "micro-climates" found in Northern and Central CA.  Delta Bluegrass is a local company in Stockton and their farm produces over 20 varieties of sod for the Northern CA Area and one of their blends is even found on the home field of the SF Giants!  All of their sod is peat-grown on degradable netting for easy installation.  They are known for their signature product, Bolero™ sod, which stands out from competition because of its Mediterranean origin which makes it especially suited for Northern and Central California.  Bolero™ sod features a fine bluegrass-like texture, uses less water, maintains a rich green color year 'round, and is also heat tolerant. 

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Like we mentioned, Delta Bluegrass grows over 20 different blends of sod.  How do you know what works in our area?  Hands down, the most popular varieties for Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento areas are: 

  • Bolero™ (100% Bolero Dwarf Fescue)  
  • Bolero™ Plus (90% Bolero Dwarf Fescue/10% Bluegrass).  

Both of these varieties are considered "Bolero™ sod" and are both chosen for the qualities mentioned above, like heat & drought tolerance, texture, year 'round color, and more.  The Bolero™ Plus sod blend has the same qualities as the Bolero™ but the addition of Bluegrass assures better density, faster wear recovery, and better wintering.  The faster wear recovery is important if you have kids, pets, or high traffic areas.  

Additional Delta Bluegrass varieties available through Green Acres Nursery & Supply special order are:

1.  90/10 Tall Fescue with stellar heat tolerance

2.  Blue Rye which is preferred for heavy or sandy soils and developed for golf courses and sports fields and formerly featured at AT&T Park in San Francisco

3.  Rye Blue which also formulated for golf courses or sports fields

4.  Shade Blend which was specifically designed for locations receiving over 40% daily shade amounts

5.  Mow Free is a blend that truly can be left unmowed if desired and creates a meadow-like look in your landscape

6.  Tiffway 419 & Tiffway II are both hybrid Bermudas highly desirable for high traffic athletic fields and can be cut extremely short.  The Tiffway 419 blend is currently featured at AT&T Park- home of the Giants!

7.  6 California Native Varieties are also available!  Continue reading for more info.

8.  Kurapia Groundcover Sod- new for 2016!  Uses 60% less water, less mowing and a natural pollinator.   Featured in Sunset Magazine and blog in March 2016 issue.  See the Delta Bluegrass website for more details on Kurapia.

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Did you know that there are California Native sods suitable for residential uses?  Delta Bluegrass offers California Native Sods which can be irrigated for a year-around green lawn at 50% less water than the use of traditional cool-season sod.  Interest in California Native grasses has spread throughout the green industry.  Water conservation concerns and economics have prompted many to investigate grasses that thrive on little water or no supplemental water.  Delta Bluegrass offers 6 different California Native blends.  

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The California Native Mow Free sod is especially popular because of its low maintenance and versatility.  The California Native Mow Free can be maintained as a turf lawn or left unmowed.  It contains two native fine fescues and one highly naturalized variety.  It has both shade and cold tolerance and has the benefit of providing soil stabilization for slopped areas.  You'll find the deep green, glossy leaves an added bonus of this beautiful and versatile sod.  For information on other varieties of California Native Sods look at the Delta Bluegrass website for a complete description.

Once you choose the type of sod you'd like, you can spend some time making sure your yard is ready to install sod.  The basic checklist includes: killing and removing existing lawn, soil preparation, irrigation installation, and finally rolling and grading your surface. For a complete description of this process, visit the Pre-Sod Preparation Guide on the Delta Bluegrass website.  

If you have any additional questions about choosing sod please drop by or call one of our Green Acres Nursery & Supply locations. We are proud to offer the highest quality, fresh sod Monday through Saturday.  Pre-ordering is recommended due to high demand. Redoing your whole front and back yard?  You might be interested to hear that we offer free delivery for sod orders over 1,000 sq./ft.

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Looking to Install Sod in Folsom or the Sacramento Area?

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 20, 2012 9:31:00 AM

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Fall is a great time to establish a new lawn.  Installing new sod in Folsom or anywhere in the Sacramento area is easy because Green Acres is now right in your own backyard.  During the fall, temperatures are cool and the soil temps are still warm which will help establish strong roots.  Light fall rains can also aid in the success of newly established turf.  For any time of year we recommend Delta Bluegrass' Peat Grown Bolero Plus Dwarf Fescue or 90/10 Tall Fescue.  

Bolero Plus Dwarf Fescue is a great sod in Folsom and the Sacramento area because it rates high for heat tolerance, drought tolerance and disease resistance.  90/10 Tall Fescue has similiar propterties to the Bolero Plus, but it has even increased wear recovery, meaning it stands up better to high traffic areas.  Do you have kids constantly playing out in the yard?  Then the 90/10 Tall Fescue might be the perfect choice. 

Don't forget that new sod is perishable, so immediate installation is essential to start a healthy lawn.  A light watering of the ground before installation is recommended, since dry soil acts like a wick and removes the moisture from the sod. Cooler ground temperatures will help prevent the roots from shock.  Also remember to use fertilizer on the soil before installation.  A Green Acres staff member can recommend several options.  For a full installation guide please visit one of our stores in Roseville, Sacramento or Folsom.

Please stay off new sod until after the first mowing.

  • Proper watering of sod is essential for root establishment. The day of installation, enough water should be applied to penetrate the sod and two inches of native soil.

  • From day two on, keep your sod and soil moist throughout the day. The roots are short so the sod cannot withstand large amounts of water at a single time. Other than the first day, the ground under the sod should never be soggy. Usually watering four to six times during the day, for approximately five to six minutes each time, is required until the roots have been established. Root establishment will usually begin within seven to fourteen days depending on the time of year your sod is installed and your environment.

  • Too much water will rob the roots of oxygen and in warmer weather that possibly can lead to disease. The length of each watering cycle will depend on your soil type and the output of your irrigation system. A clay type soil may need five minutes, four times a day compared to a sandy loam which may need seven minutes, five times a day. You have to judge the minutes given, but here is a tip: If the water is standing under the sod for more than just a few minutes after an irrigation set has finished or if the soil is soggy, you are probably giving the sod too much water at one time.

  • Avoid, if at all possible, watering into the evening hours (after five-thirty or six pm); this is one of the fastest ways to create a fungus problem.

  • Start reducing the frequency of watering cycles just before the first mowing. This will firm up the soil for a healthy mowing cycle.

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  • The first mowing should be approximately 14 days after the sod has been installed. In the winter you may need to wait longer for the roots to establish prior to mowing.

  • Never mow off more than 1/3 of the blade during a mowing cycle. This results in less stress for the plant. 

Green Acres gets fresh deliveries of sod in Folsom and our other locations from Monday-Saturday. If you are planning a project we highly recommend pre-orders.  We can also arrange Free Home Delivery on orders of at least 1,000 sq./ft. with at least a 2 day lead time.  Click below to visit our website to contact us.

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