What type of sod should I use for my new lawn?

Choose a sod based on your usage and environment of your yard.
Choose a sod based on your usage and environment of your yard. The description of the sod will probably match what it should be used for.

Deciding upon what type of sod to use for your new lawn installation project will depend on two main factors:

  • The use of the lawn area
  • The environment you are laying the sod

There are 3 basic types of sod that can be used for residential purposes:

  • Standard use sod. Normally a blend of three grass types: Rye, blue, fescue.
  • Shade type sod: Higher fescue content.
  • Sport type sod / high traffic area: Higher bluegrass content.

Then there are specialty type sod for particular uses:

  • Chafer beetle resistant: Higher fescue content.
  • Drought resistance sod: Higher fescue content.
  • British Columbia Okanagan / Interior Sod: Higher bluegrass content.
  • Low maintenance sod: Higher fescue content.

As you can see from above the selections of sod to choose from are closely matched to the usages. To select the proper type of sod to use for your new lawn decide first if you have a shaded area. Having a shaded area will take priority over anything else. Shaded areas do not grow great lawns. Be careful when laying sod in a shaded area and make a determination if there is enough light throughout the year to grow lawn.

For any customer that lives the in the Okanagan or British Columbia Interior it is critical that a bluegrass type sod is used for any new lawn project.

Low maintenance sod sounds like a great idea for those that do not want to put much work into a lawn, establishment will require watering, mowing and fertilization.

Chafer Beetle resistant sod is a tall fescue type sod. If offers an increased defence against the grubs. It’s not a solution but will help. The best thing to prevent chafer beetles is to keep a healthy lawn all year round.

What type of sod is for sale in British Columbia?

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How much does sod cost in British Columbia?

sod delivered for a new lawn installation
New sod installed

The price of sod in British Columbia is between $0.50 cents per square foot to $0.75 per square foot plus delivery charges. There are cheaper sods available but not recommended for residential uses.

There are different varieties and qualities of sod in British Columbia but three primary grass seed choices that are used in the Pacific Northwest for residential applications:

Bluegrass

Fescue

Ryegrass

Bentgrass is used for non residential uses such as golf course greens and bowling greens. Bentgrass sod is much more expensive than the regular residential lawn types.

Sod is grown mainly on two types of soil in British Columbia:

Clay

Sandy loam

Sandy loam based sod is normally more expensive than clay based sod but installation is made much easier with the sand base. Clay based sod is good for reducing water requirements as clay retains moisture much better than sand. This may have a negative effect of limiting drainage through the sod layer and puddling or sogginess may occur in winter months in your lawn area. Sand based sod is normally used for residential purposes and clay based sod is used for commercial applications.

Most sod grown by a farm will be weed and pest free. The sod should be properly mowed and rolls should not fall apart after harvesting.

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How to get a price for sod

If you need a price for sod all you need to know is the size of your area. Use the link below to get pricing and order sod online anywhere in British Columbia.

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