1. Difference in Tifton 419 Bermuda and Celebration?
With the exact same fertilization and maintenance program, Celebration displays a much darker green color and noticeably denser stand of grass.
2. How much sun does sod need?
Some producers will tell the customer “Grass A needs X number of hours sunlight.” Unfortunately, it is often not that simple to quantify how much sun a grass needs to thrive. Suppose you have a lawn that gets 5 hours of sunlight; is it direct or filtered light, morning, midday, or afternoon? All of these factors determine how well a grass will do.
In general, our grasses can be ranked from least to greatest as: Tifton 419, Celebration Bermuda, Jamur Zoysia, Turf Type Tall Fescue. A recent study ranks Celebration as the most shade tolerant Bermuda available. Jamur is noted for its shade tolerance, comparable to other improved cultivars such as Palisades, Crowne, and El Toro. Because it is a cool season grass, Fescue has the benefit of growth during the fall and winter month when often there are less leaves on trees that block sunlight.
At Battle Sod Farm, we offer some of the most shade tolerant varieties of Bermuda, Zoysia, and Fescue available in the Mid-South. Call or email, and our experts will help you choose the right grass for your site.
3. Difference in zoysia and fescue?
Zoysia is a warm season grass that goes through a period of dormancy during the winter months. During dormancy, zoysia is not actively growing and is a golden “straw” color. Zoysia has the most vigorous growth during the hot summer months.
Fescue is a cool season grass that stays green year-round. It thrives when temperatures are between 60 and 80 degrees. If not watered throughout the summer months, fescue can go “dormant,” but if this occurs, there is usually some loss of plant population.
In general, zoysia is far better suited for the climate of Mid-South area. Although fescue is more susceptible to drought and disease, some customers choose fescue because of its year round color and shade tolerance.
4. When can you put sod down?
Our grasses are available year round-with the exception of Fescue. Fescue is not harvested in July and August because of the high heat during those months.
5. What size are the squares/rolls?
One “square” or slab of sod is 16” x 24”. There are approximately 170 pieces on a pallet, which equals 450 square feet. A big roll is 42 inches wide by 103 feet long (360 square feet).
6. How much does a pallet/roll weigh?
The weight of our sod varies greatly, depending on the amount of moisture in the ground. During the wet winter months a pallet may weigh up to 2200 pounds. The same pallet, cut with the same amount of soil may weigh as little as 1600 pounds during the dryer summer months.