If you have ever seen sod, you may have wondered where it came from or how it was grown. Those pieces of sod come with grass and soil that is conducive to growing such grass. St. Augustine grass grows and thrives best when it’s planted, or placed, using sod that is grown at a special sod farm.
What is a “SOD” farm?
Just like the name suggests, a sod farm is acreage of land that is agriculturally sound and suited for growing grass seeds and allowing it to propagate before it’s carefully removed, sold, and placed at its new home.
Sod by any other name
Sod is also referred to as turf. It’s merely grass with soil beneath it that is held together by the roots of the grass. In the case of growing St. Augustine grass, it would be held together by the roots of that type of grass.
The process of growing St. Augustine grass
- Flat land – The land needs to be as flat as possible and be as close to a good water supply as possible. Because St. Augustine requires a lot of water to grow and thrive, there are not many sod farms that grow this kind of grass in water-restricted areas. Drainage also has to be good so the grass doesn’t become diseased and rotten.
- Land prep – The sod farm workers clear the land from rocks and other hard substances that would impede grass growth. The soil is then prepared with fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides, and whatever it takes to make the pH balance correct for a given type of grass.
- Sowing the seeds – After the land is ready, the workers get busy planting the St. Augustine seeds. They often use special spreading equipment that makes the job go faster.
- Water – Once the seeds are sown, they are watered using a special irrigation system that is used to maintain ample water for the grass.
After this process, the grass grows and the workers on the sod farm keep it maintained until it’s ready to “harvest” for people who want sod for their properties.
This information simplifies the process of growing St. Augustine grass. You now know where it comes from and how it’s grown on Sod farms.
If you need St. Augustine turf for your commercial, industrial, or residential properties, talk to the sod professionals at Quality Turf. If St. Augustine sod will meet your needs, these experts will know it. If not, they have other types of sod available to suit your needs.