Save Time and Money with Sustainable Sod
Spring is the ideal time of year to lay sod, and there are many features to consider when choosing the right grass for your lawn.
Cost is often a deciding factor, but be sure to take into account the long-term costs as well as the up-front costs when weighing your options. Sod developed for sustainability may cost a little more on the front end, but can save you substantial time and money over the life of your lawn.
Although temperatures are mild now, Georgia’s scorching summers make drought resistance vital for a sustainable lawn. TifTuf Bermuda grass, for example, is a leading sustainable turf grass, developed and tested by researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) for superior drought and wear tolerances. UGA testing has shown TifTuf to use 38% less water and retain 95% more green leaf tissue during drought stress than other Bermuda varieties.
Cutting your summer lawn watering by more than a third can put a significant dent in your water bill, and add up to substantial savings over time. To calculate specific water savings for your lawn with Tiftuf, click here for the online calculator.
Many common turf grasses require fertilizer multiple times per year to maintain their lush, healthy green color. If you are spending a small fortune on a fertilizer service, you may want to consider a different grass variety. Opting for grasses like centipede or zoysia may use half or even less of the fertilizer necessary for some grass varieties. Zoysia, for example, only needs fertilizing once each year, whereas some varieties require multiple applications every year.
Less frequent mowing over the life of your lawn can also lower maintenance costs. Even if you mow your lawn yourself, rather than hiring a lawn service, you will see savings in gas, equipment wear and tear, and, most import, time. Zoyzia and centipede are both slow growers that will cut mowing frequency and save you money in the long run.