Not a member yet? Register now and get started.

lock and key

Sign in to your account.

Account Login

Forgot your password?

Typical Sod Problems And How To Avoid Them

16 Jan Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on Typical Sod Problems And How To Avoid Them

sodEveryone loves being the envy of the neighborhood with their easy-to-manage sod grass. With good maintenance, your sod grass will remain hardy, healthy and lush. However, every so often common problems occur with sod grass that homeowner’s must address.

If you notice brown areas on the lawn, it is due to one of three reasons: disease, burn or improper watering. Check for burn and watering problems before you treat the sod for disease.

Check for lack of water with a screwdriver or knife. Probe the brown sections of the sod as well as green areas. If you find it harder to penetrate the brown area, the problem is usually lack of water. This could be the result of the sprinkler not working correctly or the sprinkler spacing being off. Saturate the brown areas with a hose and continue providing additional water until the grass greens up and the sprinklers are repaired.

Gasoline spills, pet urine and over-fertilization can cause the sod to burn and form brown spots. You can tell a burn spot from other types of damage by the straw-yellow color. If you flush the area with plenty of water right after the burn, some recovery may occur. If not, you may have to sod the area again.

Too much watering can cause the sod to die by suffocating the roots and rotting the crown. This happens more often in shady areas and low spots. Check for algae crusts, muddy soil or slimy grass. To fix the problem in shaded areas, reduce your watering time in that space or use lower volume sprinkler heads. Low spots should be raised or renovated to drain better. Some people have landscapers install a French drain.

Most diseases in sod are related to moisture and heat. Poor irrigation practices will promote the development of disease as well. The longer moisture remains in the turf, the better chance of disease. Never water the sod at night since it will remain wet until morning. Watering in the early morning hours reduces evaporation.