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COMPARE UTAH SOD PRODUCTS




Compare Utah Sod


Most lawns in Utah are comprised of cultivars of Kentucky bluegrass (KBG), perennial ryegrass, and turf type tall fescue. While these species have many great qualities that make them suitable for use in Utah, they also have downsides that may cause you to consider other options when renovating or establishing a lawn. Compare Utah sod products below:


Dark Green Color

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Leaf Texture

Fine

Fine

Medium

Medium

Blade Width/Feel

Fine/Soft

`Fine/Soft

Medium/Course

Fine/Soft

Shade

Good

Good

Better

Better

Water Saving

Good

Good

Good

Better

Heat Tolerant

Good

Good

Good

Good

Endophyte

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Disease Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stripeability

Good

Best

Fair

Fair

Water Tolerant

Good

Excellent

Good

Excellent

Poor Soil Conditions

Good

Good

Better

Best

Recommended Use

Lawns, Sports Fields

Lawns, Sports Fields

Lawns, Warm Climate, Sports Fields

Lawns, Water Saving, Warm Climate, Pets, Sports Fields

Supplementary Water Needs

30" - 32"

30"-32"

25" - 32"

20" - 24"

Suggested Retail Price

40

45

45

50

COMPARE UTAH SOD – DISEASES Compare the diseases associated with each type of grass before choosing if you have had problems in the past. In particular, when mismanaged, KBG is susceptible to diseases like summer patch, snow mold, and necrotic ring spot. For lawns plagued with these diseases, turf type tall fescue (TF) is a viable alternative to KBG, ryegrass, fine fescues, and other cool season species for home lawns in Utah. In 2016, the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab received more turf samples than usual. Of the 300 samples, 80 (27%) were turfgrass. Many turf diseases were diagnosed this year and many samples had multiple issues. Of the diseased turf samples, 75% had summer patch or necrotic ring spot.

COMPARE UTAH SOD – CARE PRACTICES Care practices also effect cultivar performance. Proper care of your lawn will increase performance and beauty of your landscape.

  • Maintaining a mowing height of 2-3 inches

  • Maintaining sharp mowing blades

  • Core aeration

  • Proper Watering

  • Thatch management

  • Proper fertilization


COMPARE UTAH SOD – COLOR CHANGES Mixing Varieties or Sod from Different Farms is NOT recommended New darker varieties of Kentucky Bluegrass inserted into an older well kept yard. A man replaced a garden spot years after lawn was established. This picture shown is 3 years after sod was planted in this garden spot and the color variation is still very noticeable. Newer Varieties are darker in color given to new breeding developments. Often we are asked if it is recommended to:(1) Mix Varieties or Types of Grass, (2) Mix sod from another farm, (3) Get sod for the same yard at a different time

  1. Mix Varieties or Types of Grass

  2. Mix sod from another farm

  3. Get sod for the same yard at a different time


Potential Problems with mixing

  • Color differences will be very noticeable.

  • New darker varieties will be noticeable

  • Water requirements are different

  • Blade widths are noticeable

  • Soil Types will be different


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