Netted vs unnetted sod, what’s the difference?

Netted vs. unnetted sod these days is a non issue, most netting used is biodegradable.

When you look at a lawn area you may not realize that a thin layer of netting exists. This netting is used when planting sod to help lift the sod from the field during harvest. In the old days (5 years ago), the netting used was made of plastic, almost like a herring net. This plastic was with you forever in your lawn. It didn’t matter if you planted sod when houses in Vancouver were $30,000 the plastic netting was still there in 2021.

Good news for new lawns

We have great news, the netting used in the production of our sod is now completely biodegradable and the netted vs. unnetted argument is no longer an issue that homeowners need to decide upon before ordering sod. Considering that no net sod was much more expensive than sod with netting, this is even better news.

We will continue to offer unnetted sod

We will still offer no net sod but if you can deal with the biodegradable meshing in your lawn area until it disappears the regular type sod will do the trick.

Where to order unnetted sod?

You can order no net sod here:

West Coast Turf, Delta, BC – Sod pick up and delivery daily.

Before stopping by our place in Delta, please pre-order your turf online so we can have it ready for pick up or deliver it to you. Use the green link below to place your order online now or call us at 604-454-4954.

small sod rolls
sod rolls

BC Instant Lawns is a sod supplier in Delta, B.C.. We have sod pick up at our location in Delta at:

3865 72nd Street
Delta, BC

***** Please note all turf pick up orders need to be pre-arranged by placing your order online below ****** If you just stop by we may not have your turf ready for pick up.


If you would like to pick up sod from our location, please pre-order your sod online by clicking here:


We offer multiple varieties of sod to choose from that are ideal for the west coast of British Columbia.

The west coast blend type sod is a variety that is used for most lawns in the Vancouver, Lower Mainland.

Westcoast turf is available year round from our locations in Delta and Abbotsford. Please pre arrange a pickup or delivery.

West coast turf
West coast turf blend used for a condo lawn area.

What is the best grass type for a Vancouver Lawn?

Choosing the best type of grass for your Vancouver lawn depends on many things.

Choosing the best type of grass for your Vancouver lawn will depend on a few primary factors:

  1. Amount of sunlight
  2. Amount of traffic
  3. Amount of water you will give your lawn in hot summer months

To select a grass type that is suited to your lawn need, you should be aware that there are only 3 types of cool season grasses that are grown for the Vancouver area:

  1. Rye grass
  2. Blue grass
  3. Fescuse

Most sod varieties are composed using a mixture of the three types of grasses but with varying percentages of each type of grass.

Now if we understand what each grass type is used for, we can now select the best type of grass for your Vancouver lawn. Let’s keep it very basic but remember most sods, if not all, will be composed of a mixture of a three grass types with varying percentages :

Rye grass: Used for general lawn coverage.

Bluegrass: Used for heavy traffic.

Fescues: Used for shade, drought tolerance and chafer beetle protection.

Now lets look at our sod choices:

  1. West coast premium blend (A high rye grass)
  2. Shade Blend (High fescue content)
  3. Sport Blend (High bluegrass)
  4. Chafer beetle sod (High fescue)
  5. Drought tolerant sod (High fescue content)

If you don’t want to sod your lawn and would like to seed it, we offer all the same types of grass seeds here:

You can now match the best type of grass with your choice of sod or seed based on the items listed above.

Sod Installation Cost For Residential Lawns

Sodded lawn in West Vancouver
Sodded lawn in West Vancouver, Installed by BC Instant Lawns.

The cost of having sod installed for a new residential lawn in the Vancouver area for 2021 will be approx. $2.50-$3.00 per square foot plus gst. Sodding a new lawn includes:

  • Removal of the old lawn
  • Supply and installation of new soil
  • Preparation and final grading
  • Sod supply and installation (Sod Varieties)
  • Rolling and fertilization
  • Site clean up

Please note: Your lawn area must have easy access and be above 1,000 square feet to qualify for this pricing. For sod projects below 1000 square feet, pricing will increase to about $3.00-$5.00 per square foot.

Sod Installation cost for Vancouver Island / Whistler area / Okanagan

The cost of sodding a new residential lawn on Vancouver Island is about $3.00 per square foot for areas above 1,000 square feet.

The above pricing is the same for: Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Squamish, Whistler, Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Princeton and Osoyoos.

To get an accurate price on sod installation in the Vancouver area or anywhere in British Columbia, please use the link below:

If you’re thinking about replacing your lawn, you may find the following links handy:

When is a good time to plant a lawn

What type of sod should I use?

When can my project be completed

sodding a new lawn
sodding a new lawn

How can I save on lawn installation?

If you need to save a few dollars on your sodding project there are a couple ways you can limit the costs:

  • Dispose of the old sod on your property. By keeping the old sod you save the cost of disposal.
  • Book your project in advance and in slower months. November, February and August are your best bets for the best discount.
installed sod for a new lawn
installed sod for a new lawn

Having a new lawn installed from sod is always the preferred method over seeding. If you need to absolutely save the money, you can seed your lawn area in April. This will save you a few dollars off your sod installation project and MAYBE give you a lawn area again.

If you need to save a few dollars off your sod installation after you get an estimate, call us at 604-454-4954 to discuss options.

How to measure your lawn area for sodding

preparation for a new lawn
preparation for a new lawn using sod

When taking measurements for new lawn areas it is not always easy. Use the following steps:

  1. Break the lawn area into squares.
  2. Measure the length and the width of each square. You don’t need a measuring tape you can pace it off. Each pace is about 3 feet for the average person.
  3. Add in the parts that were shaved off by squaring.
  4. Add up each section to get your total square footage (length x width of each square) or use our turf / sod calculator.

If you have circles or rounded areas you will need the radius of the circle and then use the calculator here.

The best option to measure your lawn area

Please take 5 minutes to get the app below, it might just save you from a costly mistake on measuring.

If you have an iPhone under utilities is a measure app that can be used to calculate distance or a great app that we use is:

Cam To Plan

This app simply walks you around your yard as you click on points and gives you a total square footage. I’ve used it hundreds of time with almost perfect measurements.

After you have your measurements, visit the link below to get an instant price on your sod or an installation estimate:

Another great measuring option

  1. On your computer, open Google Earth.
  2. Search for a place, or select a location on the globe.
  3. On the left, click Measure Measure . Google Earth will switch to a top-down view.
  4. Click the map to set measurement points.
  5. To remove a point, on the right, click Undo Undo.
  6. To complete your line measurement, double-click on your last point, or click Done Done.

On the right, you’ll see the length. Tally up the total square footage and bingo you have your lawn area size, now you can get a price quote instantly for either installation or just the sod and soil materials.

sod farm truck
sod farm truck

How much soil do I need for a new lawn and how do I calculate?

Surrey Sod and Sodding Service

South Surrey New Sod
South Surrey New Sod

BC Instant Lawns is a sod and sodding service providing new grass for lawns in Surrey. Please use our website to find all the information you need:

  • New lawn installation / Sod installations
  • Sodding your own lawn
  • Picking up sod at a location near you
  • Ordering sod for delivery or pick up
  • Maintaining a new lawn after you lay it

Looking to pick up sod in Surrey?

sod roll
sod roll

We have locations near the Surrey area where you can pick up sod rolls for your new lawn project. Our sod pick up location is in Delta or Abbotsford.

Where to buy sod in Surrey?

If you are planning on sodding a new lawn, you can get a price quote and order online to have your sod delivered from the farm into:


Does BC Instant Lawns deliver to Surrey?

We do deliveries throughout Surrey almost daily. If you are planning on planting new grass for your beautiful new lawn area, use our online tools to get all the information you need.

What type of sod do you have?

Ideal lawn types for the Surrey area include:

  • West Coast Premium Blend Sod (Most Commonly used by homeowners and landscapers for residential lawns in B.C.)
  • Shade blend type sod
  • Chafer Beetle Resistant Blend
  • Drought Tolerant Type Grasses
  • Sports Blend for high traffic areas

What areas of Surrey do you service?

We service all areas:

  • Newton
  • Guilford
  • Surrey Town Center
  • Cloverdale
  • South Surrey
  • Also Langley, White Rock and Delta

When is your next delivery to this area?

Our current delivery schedule in the Surrey area is listed below by clicking the link:

How do I maintain my new lawn if I live in Surrey?

If you need more information on how to take care of your new sod, how to install sod, when to water your new lawn or anything else to do with your grass, please use the following helpful links:

Your new lawn maintenance guide

How to control chafer beetles in lawns

When is a good time to plant grass

How to install new sod

North & West Vancouver Lawn Installation and Sod Supplier

North and West Vancouver Sod Installation for a new lawn
North and West Vancouver Sod Installation for a new lawn

Looking for a new lawn installed or sod delivered to North & West Vancouver? BC Instant Lawns delivers to the North Shore of Vancouver frequently. Ordering sod for delivery has never been easier with our online ordering system:

Sod supplier on the North Shore

Use this link below if you are do it yourself and want to complete your sod installation with just purchasing the materials from us:

New lawn installation in North Vancouver and West Vancouver

Healthy lawn area
A healthy lawn area

BC Instant lawns has been installing new lawns for over 23 years around the Lower Mainland and British Columbia. If you would like to view our completed sod installations click to view our photo gallery:

Use this link it you would like BC Instant Lawns to install your new grass lawn in either North Vancouver or West Vancouver:

What type of sod should I use in West and North Vancouver?

preparation for a new lawn
preparation for a new lawn

Deciding on a sod type to use for your new lawn project is made easy by reading this article:

We supply and install all types of sod for lawns in North and West Vancouver British Columbia. Some of the sod varieties to choose from for your next sodding project:

  • West coast premium sod blend
  • Shade sod
  • Chafer beetle resistant sod
  • Drought resistant blend
  • Heavy traffic lawns area type grass.

For more detail on each type of sod and its applications for your project in West or North Vancouver, please view this link:

When are you delivering sod or installing a new lawn next in North Vancouver and West Vancouver?

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Sod rolls delivered for a residential lawn

Our current sod delivery schedule to the North Shore (North & West Vancouver) is listed below, we try to deliver a few time per week:

Our Lawn Installation schedule for West and North Vancouver is listed below:

sod roll
sod roll

Real pet grass pasture sod roll. The cheapest and largest solution for your pets potty pad.

Please note we are unable to harvest sod until the end of February 2022

Pet grass
Pet grass replacement, no need for an expensive cardboard box.

Need a cheap solution for your pet potty station? Need a larger pad for your dog? We deliver single rolls of sod for your pet pasture potty station. It’s a great option for those who live in apartments and high-rises in Vancouver. Our pet grass is 2 feet by 4.5 feet, you can use half now and half later if you choose.

We deliver throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Order your pet grass potty station replacement roll online. Create a custom pad for your dog or cat (some cats)

We are the lowest cost pet pasture potty pad / station roll provider in Vancouver.

No need for an expensive cardboard box with our name on it, considering what skipper is going to do on his fresh pad, we just prefer to give you a good ol’ roll of organic sod and save you a few bucks. As in the picture above, you can place a plastic sheathing under the roll to prevent runoff. When your pet grass sod roll is expired, simply roll it up and place in the compost.

Receiving your pet potty sod roll

When receiving your sod roll please bring a garbage bag to place the pet grass roll in so you aren’t dragging sand and dirt through your building. We will meet you at your building or leave it off to the side for pick up later.

How to maintain your pet grass potty roll

Your real grass pet potty pasture station sod roll will last about 10-14 days before a replacement will be required. Apply a little water every few days to help keep your grass roll alive and well.

Can I pick up my pad for my dog?

Sure, we have pick up options but we offer real cheap delivery options.

How big is your pasture?

Our pet grass roll size is 9 square feet. 2 feet by 4.5 feet. Need it smaller, simply just cut off a piece and save it for later.

Order your real grass pasture roll online

Place your order online for your pet grass roll and we’ll see you shortly. We have many options to meet you and your pets needs.

Get the pet grass order app

Easy order on the go…. Use the qr code to load the app to your phone and follow the prompt to add to your home screen.

QR Code for Pet Grass Roll Order App

or use the link here to add the pet grass order app

When is the best time to plant a new lawn in Vancouver?

Installing a new lawn
Planting / Rolling out a new lawn.

The best time to plant a new lawn in Vancouver is April through October. This doesn’t mean you cannot plant from November until March. You can plant a new lawn all year round.

Why is April through to October the best time to plant new sod?

The sod will have a chance to root in immediately. This process normally takes about 7-10 days during growing season (April – October).

There is no real chance of frozen ground. Installing sod when the weather is below freezing is impossible, the rolls of sod cannot be harvested or unrolled and the ground must be thawed before installing a new lawn.

It’s nice to work outside in moderate weather. Normally during this time period we can catch a break from the rainfall, installing sod on muddy ground is difficult work.

What about installing turf in August and hot summer months?

No problem, just be around to water the lawn for the next 2 weeks. Lawn irrigation systems work best for larger areas when installing a new lawn in summer. Recently, Municipalities have increased taxes for water usage by way of permit requirements for lawn watering. The current watering restrictions do not allow for enough water while the new sod is rooting thus a watering permit is required.

What happens if I install my new lawn in winter months?

When you install a new lawn in winter, the sod may slowly root in when we have temperature increases but do not expect much growth during this time. The chances of the sod not rooting at all may be likely in shaded areas, use caution when planting a lawn in shaded areas during any month. Winter will have negative effect of thinning out your lawn, some grasses will not survive winter and will need to be re-seeded come spring.

Why is my neighbour installing a new lawn in December?

Sounds crazy, but it happens. Your neighbour is probably trying to complete his reno / build project and obtain his occupancy permit from the municipality or get money back from them. 

Planting sod in winter may be a better option than leaving the ground bare and having a huge weed problem in early spring. Weeds seem to grow faster and at all seasons, leaving the ground bare may surprise you come spring with a huge prep job that could cost much more.

Will frost damage the new lawn?

Frost and cold temperatures itself will not damage new sod. If you use the area for walking or playing, do not use the area while frozen. Walking on frozen grass doesn’t do the plant any good.

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