Should I Buy Sod at Lowes or Home Depot? Considerations for Orlando, FL Homeowners

Posted by Joe Mouad on Mar 29, 2021 11:34:52 AM

The great thing about big box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot is you can buy just about anything there.

Swing over on a Saturday morning for a couple pieces of plywood and some sandpaper and you can also grab a faucet seal, a spice rack, and a plant for the porch.

Hey, look, they have sod for sale!

Hmmmm, it looks pretty handy, all rolled up and ready to go. And the backyard does look kind of ratty…

Pause, please. Anytime you buy sod, from anywhere, you should ask a few key questions.

Can the salesperson on duty in the garden center answer them? If so, great! Happy new lawn!

If not, you might want to mull this decision over a Snickers bar first. (They have those, too.)

Here are some things to consider:sod dead lawn 6

What Kind of Sod is This? Is it the Best Type for My Yard?

There’s more than one variety of grass available for your Orlando property. Nobody expects you to be an expert. But the person selling the sod should be.

The best sod retailers will walk you through it. They should ask you as many questions as you ask them.

Is your property sunny or shady? Does it get a lot of foot traffic? Do you have an irrigation system?

Matching the right sod to your site’s conditions is a crucial first step to sod installation success.

It helps if you’ve given some thought to your yard’s needs — and your expectations.

Expect more maintenance with Zoysia than St. Augustine or Bahia grass.

Celebration Bermuda has great wear tolerance, which makes it good for sports and pets.

Expert sod providers can help you hone in on the best sod for your yard.sod along a sidewalk

Where Did This Home Depot or Lowe’s Sod Come From?

Don’t be afraid to ask detailed questions about where your sod comes from and how it’s cared for before it lands in your yard.

It’s good to be picky. This is a big investment — not a quick decision to make between the checkout and your car while balancing a bag of fertilizer on your hip.

At Ground Source, we drive about an hour farther than we need to and pay about 12 percent more in order to get sod that’s consistently high quality and holds up great, even in the more challenging installation months of June through September.
sod farm harvesting
Our sod provider is the only one in the area that uses an expensive webworm preventative, to keep the sod free of those summer-time damaging pests.

The sooner your fresh sod goes from farm to your soil, the better, so it doesn’t dry out. The same day is best.

When is the Home Depot sod harvested?

The answer you want to hear is the answer we give our customers: that morning.Sod being delivered after being harvested

Is the Sod for Sale Guaranteed?

Not every installer offers one, but we warranty sod for 30 days, provided we install it, during certain times of the year, as long as customers adhere to our post-care requirements. Those include treatment with a starter fertilizer, an approved insecticide, and an approved fungicide, as well as following our watering instructions. Some restrictions apply.

Does Sod at Lowe’s or Home Depot Come with Care Instructions?

When you buy sod at Lowe’s or Home Depot, will you leave with detailed care instructions so you can ensure your sod gets a good start and stays healthy?

There’s a lot to new sod care, including a pretty comprehensive watering schedule.

Find our detailed sod care instructions at Additional instructions are also found within the signed proposal if you engaged us for installation.

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Need Sod for Sale? Trust Ground Source

It’s easy to be tempted by rolls of pretty green sod, just sitting there, ready to go.

But sod isn’t like a candy bar in the checkout aisle, an impulse buy to grab on your way to the car. This investment needs some thoughtful questions — and detailed answers.

Ask enough questions about the sod at Lowe’s and Home Depot so you’re sure about your new sod’s quality and freshness.

And before you make a snap decision to buy sod, you need a plan. Who will deliver it? Who will install it? Is your yard ready? How do you find expert installers?

Maybe you should head home with your bag of drill bits, give this some thought, and put your trust in a company that sells and installs quality sod every day, with exacting standards.

We’re sod experts, but our skills don’t stop there. We’re with you every step of the way as you plan your perfect outdoor space.

Sod, irrigation, landscape design: Let us transform your yard from an embarrassing eyesore to a place you spend every spare minute.

Are you ready to enjoy the vibrant, impressive yard you've always wanted? Request a quote today! We’ll help you review your options and then transform your property.

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