Frequently Asked Questions
We research, develop, promote, and sell improved turfgrass varieties. We license sod farms to grow and sell our improved varieties and provide web and software development services to our network of farms and distributors. You can learn more in the video to the right.
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. In some markets you can Purchase Sod Online directly from Sod Solutions and have it delivered to your home.
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. To discover which grass might be best for shade in your area, use our Turf Selector tool. Keep in mind that shaded areas will typically stay wet longer (higher risk of fungus/disease), are less able to recover from heavy traffic, and will usually compete 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 will be 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. You can also check out our Soil Management page for more general information. 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 half an inch to one inch 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 into 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 out the study here. Overwatering is one of the biggest lawn issues we see and it is completely unnecessary. Read more about best irrigation and watering practices on our Irrigation page.
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. You will see a significant reduction of fungus pressure with a very light rate applied twice a year. 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 both as preventative and curative products 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. Read more about best disease and fungus control on our Disease Control page.
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 videos, basic lawn fundamentals, and other maintenance guides sorted by grass brands and types.
If you have had a poor experience with one of our producers, distributors, or installers, we want to hear about it so that we can follow up with them. You can reach out to us by filling out our Contact Us form. However, any warranty issues should be directed towards the producer, Authorized Distributor, or installer you purchased from.
Grass is a living product that requires special care and maintenance that is sometimes out of the seller’s control. In most cases, it is not possible to guarantee you will receive healthy grass when you order. If you are struggling with maintenance, please review our Maintenance page where you can find detailed Homeowners Guides for your specific grass type.
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 successfully work with one another. 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. Read more
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. Our only requirements are that you sell and promote our products and have a positive purchasing relationship with one of our licensed producers. We provide our ADs with marketing materials, sales sheets, and a web listing. Read more