Frequently Asked Questions
Our company does not sell any sod directly, instead we patent, trademark, and license our products to Sod Producers. We also provide web and software development services to our network of farms and distributors. You can learn more in this quick video:
Sod Solutions has over 250 licensed sod farms and 500 Authorized Distributors and installers. You can use our Where to Buy tool to find the closest one to you by entering your address or zip code. Clicking on the filters can help you narrow your results to the grass variety you are looking for.
One of our company mottos is “Right Grass, Right Place”. There are two main factors to consider when choosing a variety:
Shade is one of the most challenging landscape issues. Our top shade performers are Palmetto St. Augustine and Geo Zoysia. Empire, Celebration, and Discovery all have moderate shade tolerance that has been proven in University studies. At a minimum, we recommend 4 hours of sunlight. Keep in mind that shaded areas will typically stay wet longer (higher risk of fungus/disease), be less able to recover from heavy traffic, and will usually be competing with tree roots for water and nutrients. Keep in mind that ALL grass is grown in full sun so transplanting to a shady area is a big shock for the plant and extra care and attention is needed in these situations.
Using larger beds with landscape plants better suited for shade is sometimes the best solution. Testing a couple of pieces or plugs in an area you are considering planting is the best way to determine whether an area is too shady.
Before attempting to diagnose a turf issue, we strongly recommend a soil test. This can be done through your local university extension office. Doing a quick google search for “Soil Test” in your state will yield a number of both private and public soil testing options. That being said, poor turf performance in a landscape is usually due to one of the following:
Too much or too little water: Most of our varieties need .5″ to 1″ of water per week from either irrigation, soil moisture, or rain. Spread waterings apart as much as possible and avoid watering a little bit every day. It is actually a good thing to stress your grass out a little because it will train it to put down deeper roots and hold more water inside of those roots. The most telling sign of drought stress is leaf firing or curling/shriveling of leaves followed by the grass turning brown. If you have St. Augustine it is critical to get water to the plant at this time. If you have a Zoysia or Bermuda the grass will simply go dormant and brown and then return to normal once watering resumes. The San Antonio Water System did a drought study showing that Celebration and Empire were both excellent performers under drought stress, surviving 90 days without ANY water check it out here. Overwatering is one of the biggest lawn issues we see and it is completely unnecessary.
Fungus: There are many types of fungus that can harm your lawn and it is most prevalent in Zoysia, St. Augustine, and Tall Fescue. Fungus thrives in moist soil conditions, so when the ground is constantly wet you are in danger of fungus attacking your lawn. This is another reason to avoid overwatering and/or watering frequently. The best way to prevent this is with a systemic preventative fungicide application. With a very light rate twice per year you will see a significant reduction of fungus pressure. Most fungus will appear symmetrical or circular. If you see this act as quickly as possible to apply a curative fungicide. Propiconazole is the most common active ingredient used in products available at big box stores and works as both a preventative and curative product at different rates. Both liquid and granular will work. If possible try to mix up active ingredients over time and carefully follow rates to avoid harming your lawn.
General Maintenance Problems: These include improper fertilization, poor soil, and bad mowing habits. Performing a soil test at regular intervals is the best way to ensure that you are providing your lawn and landscape with the proper nutrition it needs. Be sure to check out our Maintenance Page for each of our products for guidelines on care and maintenance.
If you have had a poor experience with one of our producers, distributors, or installers we would really like to hear about it so that we can work with you to make it right. Fill out our contact form with details and we will make sure that you are followed up with. It is essential that you notify both us and the business you have an issue with as soon as possible and thoroughly document your issue.
Grass is a live product that requires special care and maintenance out of the control of the seller and in most cases it is not possible to warranty beyond guaranteeing that you will receive healthy grass when you order. If you are struggling with maintenance please review our Homeowner Guides for your specific variety to ensure that you are taking the right steps for a healthy lawn.
Each of our grasses are licensed to sod farms that we refer to as Licensed Producers. To become a Licensed Sod Producer, you must have a farm that grows high quality sod and the grass you are seeking to license must be available in your area. We have a philosophy for licensing of “Competition without Saturation” which means we try to have multiple suppliers for each market that are able to work with one another well. This allows large jobs to be completed and mitigates risks of grass shortages while maintaining healthy pricing and competition. Our Licensed Producers pay a license fee for the rights to grow the variety and a royalty on sales.
Authorized Distributors are brick and mortar retail centers that carry our sod products. Since many of our farms are in agricultural areas, Authorized Distributors allow homeowners and landscapers to purchase sod locally. There is no cost to become an Authorized Distributor, we only require that you sell and promote our products and have a positive purchasing relationship with one of our Licensed Producers. We provide our AD’s with marketing materials, sales sheets, and a web listing.
Preferred Installers are businesses that will complete prep work and installation of our products. Preferred installers are recommended by our Licensed Producers and Authorized Distributors and have an industry reputation of quality work at competitive pricing.
If you are interested in becoming a Producer, Distributor, or Installer contact our office at 843.849.1288 ext. 2. You can also fill out our contact form.