Sod Installation in Charleston
Create a Welcoming Outdoor SpaceIf you are moving into a new home or want to give your current yard a complete makeover, our hard-working team at Greatest Scapes Landscaping can get the job done! For everything you need to have a healthy lawn, you can trust us to provide you with the highest quality sod at a price that won't break your budget.
We are proud to offer:
- Budget-friendly prices on all varieties of sod we offer
- The freshest sod available
- Free estimates and professional advice to help you choose the healthiest sod
Our sod installation service includes properly preparing the soil, fertilizing and laying your sod, watering the sod thoroughly, and more! Our reliable team ensures your complete satisfaction from beginning to end.
Types of Sod
CentipedeCommon Centipede is one of the most widely used grasses for home lawns in the Southeastern United States. Well suited for low pH soils, common Centipede is a slow growing grass that needs very little fertilizer and handles drought well.
Palmetto St. AugustineUses: Home Lawns - Commercial Landscapes - Parks & Rec
Discovered in southern Florida, Palmetto is a native St. Augustine cultivar selected for better color and finer texture. Palmetto's dark green color, exceptional cold hardiness and excellent shade tolerance make it an ideal choice for the home lawn, park or commercial application. This natural turf grass selection is native to the southern United States and thrives across the country in places like the Carolinas, California, Florida and Texas... all under a wide range of soil and climactic conditions.
Aside from Palmetto's great asethetic attributes, Palmetto has set itself apart as technically superior to common St. Augustine varieties. Plus, it is an environmentally friendly turf grass. Palmetto sod requires less water and maintenance than other St. Augustine turf varieties. This will not only make you feel great about being environmentally responsible, but will also lead to cost savings from reduced watering and other inputs such as ferlizers and pesticides.
The success of Palmetto St. Augustine turf grass is unparalleled over its two decade history. Palmetto is now the largest volume patented turf grass in the world with over one billion square feet sold. This incredible turf grass has even gained popularity across the globe in places like Brazil and Australia.
Empire ZoysiaUses: Home Lawns - Commercial Landscapes - Parks & Rec - Golf Courses - Sports Fields
EMPIRE Turf is a Zoysia grass that has truly raised the bar for warm season turf grass. EMPIRE sod combines soft to the touch feel with lush green color and fine, tight blade growth. Visually, EMPIRE is an extremely attractive turf grass for any landscaping job. Homeowners and Property Managers also appreciate its many maintenance, environmental, and cost saving advantages.
You might not expect a turf grass as soft as EMPIRE to be so strong, but this incredible Zoysia grass accommodates a variety of activities without suffering extensive wear and tear. EMPIRE Turf is as hardy as it is attractive, and has a deep, thick root structure that makes it more drought tolerant than other varieties of Zoysia grass, once established. In addition EMPIRE's slower vertical growth and natural chinch bug and chemical resistances mean that your lawn will require less maintenance, mowing, and water than other types of warm season turf grass. An EMPIRE turf lawn that has been naturalized to the local climate requires minimal irrigation to remain healthy and thriving.
Reduced maintenance needs and durability are EMPIRE's hallmarks. EMPIRE Zoysia grass was originally developed in Brazil, and thrives in both harsh tropical climates such as Southern Florida as well as more temperate regions as far north as Washington and Pennsylvania. EMPIRE Turf is one of the few grasses rated to perform well in all zones, and it can thrive in varying soils and climatic conditions.
Durable enough for professional use, EMPIRE Zoysia is also a favorite of golf courses, theme parks, master planned communities, office complexes and other commercial areas. Homeowner's and Landscape Professionals agree that EMPIRE Turf is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a beautiful and easy to maintain turf grass.
New Sod MaintenanceFirst 2 Weeks
The key to establishing new sod is to keep it properly watered for the first month. Immediately after installing sod, water thoroughly (Watering Tips) making it spongy to the step. The new sod should be kept thoroughly wet to a depth of 4" to 6" and watered 3 to 5 times a day during the first 7 to 14 days depending on the season. Lift a corner of the sod to determine the depth of moisture. In the first week, it is very important to keep the new sod damp. During this time stay off the sod so it can take root and you do not sink in and leave depressions from your foot steps. During hot weather, sprinklers should run several times a day so the new sod never dries out. If allowed to dry out, the sod will shrink, brown, and can die. The roots of your new sod will penetrate the soil faster and root down sooner if properly watered. At the end of week 2, dry up the yard enough so you can mow.
Weeks 3 & 4
The following 2 weeks are used to transition from frequent daily watering to fewer cycles per day and increase the number of days between watering. During week 3, reduce waterings to 1-3 times per day and skip a day between watering if the new sod is not drying out. By week 4, water 1 to 2 times every other day. After week 4, your new yard should be ready to go 2 to 3 days between watering. Water your lawn in the evening or early morning when less evaporation occurs. To reduce run-off on hills and promote deep root growth, reduce watering times in half. One hour later, run the irrigation cycle again and apply the rest of the water. This allows the water to soak into heavy soils.
Rest of the Season
Your new lawn will need more water the first growing season and especially the first 6 months. As it roots deeper over the course of a year, it will need less water. If your lawn looks dry, it probably needs watering. The key to new sod care during this time is deep watering less frequently. This will help the roots grow down and develop a deep root system that uses less water. It is ok after the first two months to stress your lawn a little. This means let your yard dry out a bit and when you see signs of stress starting to appear, make sure to water. This will also allow you to fine tune the sprinkler system and adjust heads for proper coverage and change nozzles for more or less water in certain spots.
Mow if Grass exceeds 3.5"
Your new lawn should be mowed at the end of week 2 or if you lawn exceeds 3 1/2" tall. Back off on the watering so the turf is dry to the touch and firm enough to walk on without sinking in. If your new lawn reaches over 3 1/2", mow off a third of the length even if it has not been two weeks. Do not cut shorter than 2" for the first few times you mow. Exercise caution the first time you mow so you do not damage or pull up the sod. If some of the sod does move around, don’t worry. Just put it back in place and it will grow in.
For all of your landscaping needs in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester, call us today at 843-747-4762. We would be happy to give you a free estimate and schedule sod installation service at your convenience.