A beautiful fescue grass lawn. The sod (grass blades and roots in a layer of soil) was laid down across leveled bare soil.


To Sod or Not To Sod?


This is a good question here in Southern California. Is it worth the trouble of continual maintenance, fertilization, and irrigation upkeep to keep your lawn beautiful? Or should we skip the sod, or, if you already have it, tear it out? With all the headache, and heartache, that lawns can give you, perhaps it is a more peaceful existence to not have one?

But what will you have in your landscape if not grass? Is the alternative even more troublesome? Is it even more expensive to maintain?

These are all worthy questions, and we are happy to discuss them with you. Ask yourself, what do I want to be able to do with my landscape? Is it important for you to play catch with your children? Then sod is a worthwhile investment.  Do you enjoy the smell of the early morning chaparral? Then SoCal native plants with drip irrigation is a better way to go. It really depends on your preferences, wishes, and the preexisting features on your property are.

Having a beautiful, full lawn takes work. Most turf grass types do best in full sun with ample water (especially during the hot season). The amount of sunshine is relatively straightforward. Seeing how much light is available throughout the day is important. If there are large shady patches in the area that you want lawn, that could become a problem (this is an example of a preexisting feature on your property). Having a properly designed and built irrigation system is also key. Irrigation systems take maintenance to continually run well and water efficiently. All of these elements should be considered when you are thinking about having a lawn in your landscape, but we are here to help!

Contact us today to schedule a complementary consultation. We will gladly help you determine what the best fit is for you and your landscape!