The holidays are here! Sod University compiled a list of our top recommended Christmas gift ideas for the lawn lover. From a snow shoveler for the colder seasons to a lawn mower maintenance kit that lasts all year long, Sod University has your Christmas gift ideas covered.
1. Palmetto St. Augustine Grass Plugs
Palmetto®St. Augustine grass plugs demonstrate superior shade, cold, frost, heat and drought tolerance. This versatile turfgrass is a standard for many regions with over 1 billion sq. ft. sold. Plugs are a great way to fill bare spots or test the performance of a turfgrass variety. For best results, plant plugs in a grid spaced 9–12 inches from the center of each plug.
2. Maxpower Blade Set for 42 Inch Cut Lawn Mower Blades
Christmas is the perfect time to purchase new lawn mower blades before winterizing your lawn mower. If dad’s lawn mower blades are beyond repair with a blade sharpener (bent, cracked or worn down too far)—not all hope is lost! You don’t have to buy a whole new lawn mower. Simply look into purchasing a new set of lawn mower blades instead. Be sure to check the length of your lawn mower blades before purchasing new ones so that they are compatible with your specific lawn mower.
3. The Lawn Bible
Though it has been out for years, this book is still popular for good reason. Fenway Park’s groundskeeper, David Mellor, shares all of his secrets for keeping a gorgeous lawn. The book introduces “the Gospel of grass”, which includes everything from soil health to wear and tear and best mowing practices. Mellor’s The Lawn Bible is filled with illustrations and trouble-shooting solutions that are sure to benefit any homeowner who wants a lawn as green and healthy as Fenway Park itself.
4. The Lawnifi New Lawn Starter Box
Fertilization is important to a new lawn. We recommend the New Lawn Starter Box from Lawnifi™. This fertilizer box consists of a state-of-the-art liquid fertilizer specifically designed to help your lawn establish a sustainable root system. Your new lawn is working hard enough to establish roots. Applying a fertilizer with the proper amount of phosphorus will promote root growth and help your new lawn establish faster.
To learn more, read When to Fertilize Newly Installed Sod. The New Lawn Starter Box from Lawnifi contains three bottles of liquid fertilizer. Follow the directions for best results.
5. Gorilla Carts Steel Garden Cart with Removable Sides
Keep dad from running back and forth from the garage by getting this dark green, durable utility wagon. Carry hand-held tools, gloves, herbicides, insecticides, fertilizer and whatever else you may need—this cart carries up to 400 lbs.! It can also transform into a flatbed cart so that you can also move large objects such as lumber, tree limbs or other large objects. The sturdy utility cart makes a perfect gift for the outdoor do-it-yourselfer.
6. The Everything Lawn Care Book
This complete and comprehensive lawn care book is a great overview for first-time homeowners who need a catchall guide. From selecting the best grass for a specific climate to learning basic mowing, watering, fertilization and disease prevention techniques, this book does an excellent job of hitting all of the most important lawn maintenance categories.
7. Soil Test Kit
This affordable yet professional soil analysis kit analyzes your soil pH, moisture and the amount of nutrients and minerals in your soil. Receive a full report on the amount of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, boron, zinc, manganese and iron in your soil so that you can determine what kind of nutrients you may need to add to your lawn and garden. With excellent customer reviews and a five day turnaround after sending the analysis out, this perfect little stocking stuffer will make a great gift to your collection of lawn DIY project tools.
8. Celebration Bermudagrass Grass Plugs
Celebration® Bermudagrass plugs are a deep blue-green turfgrass perfect for golf, sports and recreation that’s finished best in numerous university research studies for its many high quality characteristics. Plugs are a great way to fill bare spots or test the performance of a turfgrass variety. For best results, plant plugs in a grid spaced 9–12 inches from the center of each plug.
9. Turf Colorant
Turf colorant is a great option for a Christmas gift this winter as your warm season lawn goes into dormancy and turns brown. Everyone wants their lawn to stay green year-round—especially in the front yard so you can compete with your neighbor! Endurant Colorant will paint your lawn a natural shade of green without chemicals that cause any harm to your turfgrass. Aside from maintaining winter color, this grass colorant will also touch up damaged areas where fungus or pests have caused damaged spots in your lawn. This easy to apply turf colorant lasts up to three months and covers 500–700 sq. ft. of grass. For more information on turf colorant, read our Sod University blog, Turf Colorant: A Great Option for Maintaining Winter Color in Warm Season Lawns.
10. Heritage G Fungicide
Heritage G Fungicide is a broad-spectrum systemic fungicide that prevents and cures listed turfgrass diseases. Heritage offers control for up to 28 days on a variety of turfgrass diseases including: brown patch, gray leaf spot, pink snow mold, take-all patch, stem rust and others. Consult label for a full list of turfgrass diseases Heritage offers effective control over and for specific turfgrass disease application rates. Learn more about how to use Heritage in the Sod University blog here.
Heritage G Granular Fungicide$44.95 – $84.95
There are many things you can purchase for your loved ones this Christmas, but your lawn is one of the first things family and friends notice when they pull into your driveway. Sod University shares this passion for lawn and garden care, and these above gifts are our top recommended ideas for the lawn lover. Make sure your loved one has everything he or she may need to keep the lawn looking its best all year long.