Where does grass come from?
Our sod comes directly from the farm to you. All of our grass is cut fresh to order, so you won’t have grass that’s been cut & sitting on a pallet for days before it makes it to you.
That being said, let’s take it a step farther – what are sod farms? While the name might be pretty self-explanatory, there’s a little more that comes into play here based on the type of grass.
Bahia for instance is a Florida native grass, so most farms are not cultivating Bahia specifically for sodding purposes – rather, Bahia fields are grown naturally. The stolon which contains the seeds grows taller than the grass, and will spread seed nearby as the seeds fall off with wind/traffic/animals, etc. Since Bahia is a native grass, what you see is what you get! What we mean by that is there is no irrigation, fertilization, fumigation of the soil, pesticide application, etc. What there plenty of is red ants, cow patties, some weeds, thorns, and other bugs. While we think Bahia is a great choice for the right project, it’s not ideal for every scenario.
Contrarily, other varieties are grown by means of sprigging. The farm will get their sprigs from a registered block to ensure they have the best quality grass available. Bermuda, Empire Zoysia, and Saint Augustine grasses grow horizontally, so sprigs are ideal as the sod will grow together as it begins to establish. These varieties are grown with utmost care. The farmers will fumigate the soil prior to planting the new sprigs, they are carefully irrigated, routinely fertilized, sprayed with pesticide, and mowed.
Once the field is established (anywhere from 9 months to 2 years depending on variety), the sod can be harvested, palleted (or rolled), and installed elsewhere.
Many people wonder why Bahia is so much more cost effective than Bermuda, Empire Zoysia, or Saint Augustine. There’s a simple answer: it is because of the care, knowledge, and expertise that come into play when growing these turf varieties on a commercial level.
Pictured below: Bahia Stolons with seeds, Bermuda Sprig, St. Augustine Sprig, Empire Zoysia Sprig.