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Sod University is a rich resource for the lawn and garden enthusiast and includes educational content, interactive tools, and expert insights on all things lawn care.  Research and science continue to drive the turfgrass industry, but it is the desire to have the best looking yard that fuels our passion.


Lawn Care Goals for 2023

New Year Lawn Goals for 2023

The new year is an excellent time to consider your plans regarding lawn care and lawn maintenance. Check out these lawn care tips.

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How to Remove Poa Annua From Your Lawn

Check out some of our tried and true tips and tricks to spotting and ridding your lawn of Poa annua this fall.

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Sod Webworms in Home Lawns

Do you suspect a sod webworm issue in your lawn? Discover how to identify, prevent and treat a sod webworm invasion at home.

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Environmental Impacts of Artificial vs. Natural Turfgrass

Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) discusses environmental impacts artificial turf has versus those of natural turf.

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How to Green Your Lawn Up in the Spring

Excited for the spring season? Check out some of the things that you can do to green your lawn up in the spring.

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10 Essential Lawn & Garden Books

The following list is made up of five books that we would recommend to readers who want to expand their knowledge of lawn and yard care.

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Turf Colorant: A Great Option for Maintaining Winter Color in Warm Season Lawns

Applying turf colorant is a great option for maintaining winter color during winter dormancy in warm season lawns.

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Fall Time Leaves On Grass Front Lawn

Autumn’s Fallen Leaves: How To Manage Them

As the autumn season is still in its early stages, now is the time to be thinking about how you will handle the leaves.

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How Many Square Feet On A Pallet Of Sod

How Many Square Feet are on a Pallet of Sod?

We are often asked, “How many square feet are on a pallet of sod?” Learn more in this Sod University blog.

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Controlling Crabgrass in Your Lawn

Crabgrass is a pervasive weed found throughout the continental United States that many lawn owners struggle to control.

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Chinch Bugs Close Up

How to Manage a Chinch Bug Infestation

Have you ever noticed tiny little black insects in your grass? If […]

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Chinch Bug And Pen Size Comparison

How to Identify and Treat Chinch Bugs in Florida St. Augustine Lawns

Different grasses are prone to certain insects. Zoysia, for example, tends to […]

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How To Make Grass Plugs Spread Faster

How to Make Grass Plugs Spread Faster

Grass plugs and sod pods are becoming increasingly more and more popular […]

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Irrigation Audit Watering Lawn

A Not-So-Difficult Irrigation Audit Guide

Learn about how an irrigation audit helps achieve desirable results for your lawn and find out which adjustments you may need to make.

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How to Help Your Lawn Beat the Summer Heat

The summer heat can not only be tough on you—it can be tough on your lawn as well. Be prepared to help your lawn beat the summer heat.

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Identifying Common Lawn Weeds

Sod U discusses common types of lawn weeds, where they grow, and how to identify them so that you can know how to best get rid of them.

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Insect Identification

Insect Identification

Are insects invading your lawn? Arm yourself with knowledge about which species might be present and how to defend your turf.

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Lawn Disease Control

Lawn Disease Control

Lawn fungus and disease can wreak havoc on turfgrass. Learn how to identify, prevent and cure lawn disease.

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Lawn Irrigation Guide

The typical lawn needs about one inch of water per week with irrigation or natural rainfall. Learn basic homeowner irrigation practices.

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How to Care for New Sod

Congratulations on your new lawn. The manner in which you nurture your new sod during its first six weeks is critical to its future health.

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When is the Best Time to Plant Grass Plugs?

As grass plugs have become one of the most popular products, many have began asking when the best time to plant grass plugs is.

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The Best Grass for Low Maintenance in the Carolinas

For homeowners in the Carolinas, the type of grass that consists of the lowest maintenance is the best option.

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Liquid Lawnifi’s Most FAQs

Find important information and frequently asked questions about the Lawnifi liquid fertilizer program in one location.

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Grass Plugs Growth Progress

Summer Grass Plugs Update

Sod U gives a status update of the grass plugs we planted at our test plot in May of 2019. A year later, the plugs have made great progress.

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Spectracide Weed Stop For Lawns Plus Crabgrass Killer Product And Weed Close Up

How to Use Spectracide Weed Stop For Lawns Plus Crabgrass Killer for Weed Control

Spectracide Weed Stop is a broad spectrum post-emergent herbicide that kills over 470 weeds including crabgrass.

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The Best Grass for Low Maintenance in Florida

For some Florida homeowners, the grass that consists of the lowest maintenance is the best option. Sod U lists top turfgrass varieties.

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What are Grass Plugs and How to Use Them

In this week’s blog post on Sod University, we explore some frequently asked questions on grass plugs and how/when to use them.

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How to Fertilize Your Lawn in the Summer

The Lawnifi Summer Fertilizer Box is designed to give lawns the nutrients they need to flourish during the summer.

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How to Choose a Company for Lawn Care Treatment

Learn about what you should look for in a lawn treatment company that applies control products to your lawn.

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Spurge Weed

How to Remove Prostrate Spurge

Discover ways to remove prostrate spurge—one of the most difficult weeds to manage in home lawns and gardens.

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Fall Grass Plugs

Fall Grass Plugs Update

It’s been just six months since we planted our grass plugs at the office and we’re using Lawnifi and keeping them well watered.

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Lawnifi’s Boost: Instant “Green Up” For Your Lawn

Boost strategically balances the carbon to nitrogen ratio in your soil to enrich and give your lawn the “boost” it needs to thrive.

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Home Lawn Spring Flowers

Colors to Make Your Lawn & Garden Pop

New varieties of annuals and perennials are developed by plant breeders and periodically introduced to help you create your ideal lawn.

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Weed Close Up Of Ragweed

Good Riddance, Ragweed

This broadleaf weed is easy to identify based on its hairy, fern-like leaves that are green and feathery in appearance.

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Man Pushing Ryan Aerator

Why Aeration is More Important and Less Daunting Than You Think

Aerating your lawn loosens up the soil and allows turf to breathe so it can obtain access to what it needs.

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EMPIRE Zoysia Challenge: Quiz & Prize

Do you know how to take care of your EMPIRE zoysiagrass like a lawn professional? Put yourself to the test and enter to win a free EMPIRE hat!

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How to Read a Fertilizer Label

There are typically three numbers that represent nutrients displayed on a fertilizer label: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).

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Latitude 36 & NorthBridge Bermudagrass: Breeder Profile

The following interview shares a little bit about Dr. Wu’s path to Latitude 36 & NorthBridge Bermudagrass research and development.

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Empire Zoysia Home Lawn

The First Mow of the Spring for EMPIRE

One of the most important guidelines for maintaining a healthy EMPIRE Turf lawn is proper mowing. Sod Solutions recommends a buzz-cut in mid-March.

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Grass Soil And Roots

Soil Management for Lawns and Gardens

Healthy soil leads to healthy lawns. Learn what you can do to improve your soil and achieve your best lawn with these soil management tips.

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Weed Growing In Lawn Grass Leaves

Weed Control in Your Lawn & Garden

A weed is anything other than your lawn type growing in your lawn that you don’t want to grow there. Learn how to remove weeds with these helpful tips.

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Lawn Mowing Guide

Learn how to choose the right height for your lawn by grass type, choose the right blade and mow at the right time.

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Winterizing Your Lawn

Winter is the time of year that many homeowners like to take a break from lawn maintenance, but a healthy lawn requires attention year-round.

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Innovation Zoysiagrass: A New High Quality Variety From Texas A&M and Kansas State

Innovation boasts cold hardiness equal to the current transition zone standard, but features finer leaf texture and better density.

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Growing Grass in Shaded Areas

Growing grass in shady conditions is a common challenge for many homeowners. Find out to successfully manage a shady landscape.

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Insect Fire Ant Close Up

Fire Ant Control

The truth is that fire ants are an invasive species and must be dealt with; ignoring a fire ant problem will only allow the issue to worsen.

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Pine Straw vs. Mulch

Well-designed and maintained beds are one of the most important components of […]

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All Things Irrigation

Whether you’re interested in cutting-edge technology or something more simple, there are irrigation systems that will fit your needs.

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Home Area Neighborhood Top View

How Do I Know How Much Sod I Need for My Yard?

After determining that your lawn needs new grass, it’s time to measure how much sod to order with our easy to use area calculator.

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Grass And Soil Close Up

Are Micronutrients Missing From Your Lawn Care Program?

Micronutrients are overlooked in lawn fertilization, but many don’t know that the right micronutrients can play big dividends.

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Front Yard Home Lawn Flowers

Great Landscaping Improves the Value of Your Home

Without question, the first thing a prospective homebuyer notices is your lawn and the overall landscaping and maintenance.

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Hot Spot In Grass

Eliminating Unattractive Hot Spots in Your Lawn

Ever notice an area of your lawn that exhibits drought stress, while all around that area the grass looks healthy and lush?

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Man Composting

Composting 101

Composting is no longer a well-kept secret. Many homeowners have heard about compost piles and compost bins. It’s hard not to these days.

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Does Your Lawn Need Aeration?

Want to know more about when to aerate your lawn? Find out all things about aeration with our aeration guide.

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How to Control Mosquitoes in Your Lawn and Garden

It’s time to reclaim your outdoor living by learning how to control mosquitoes in your lawn and garden for a pest-free landscape.

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Close Up Of Mole In Grass Mound


Moles are ground-dwelling carnivores that can cause your lawn and garden major havoc. These feisty pests eat insects in your lawn.

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Repairing Dog Pee Spots on Your Lawn

Repairing Dog Pee Spots on Your Lawn

More than 90 million dogs live in households in the United States today and cause huge pee spot problems in lawns.

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Top View Of Dethatching Grass

Why Dethatching and Aeration Matter

Although it takes some knowledge and a concerted effort, effectively dethatching a lawn is critical to its health and appearance.

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Cool Season Grass Zone And Warm Season Grass Zone Map United States

The Difference Between Warm and Cool Season Turfgrass Varieties

When choosing a grass, it is important to have a good understanding of warm season vs. cool season turfgrass varieties.

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