Earth Images Uncovers the Truth about Sod
We often get asked by our customers about sod-related questions, as there seem to be many misconceptions out there about sodding, so we are spilling the “dirt” on common misunderstandings when it comes to sod. For over twenty years, Earth Images has been doing approximately 70 sod-related projects per year, so we have the expertise needed to clarify the muddy water when it comes to sod.
Sod Cannot be Installed on Existing Vegetation
While it may be tempting to just place sod on existing vegetation and call the job done, this simply cannot work. The soil must be prepared for sod installation so that the sod can properly take root. If there is debris in the way, or if the soil is poor quality, then the sod roots can’t reach the soil to properly establish themselves. At Earth Images, we follow a strict process to prepare the soil for sod installations to ensure that every sod installation has a strong and healthy root system. In fact, on every sod project we do, we include a standard 30-day watering program to ensure the sod properly takes root. Learn more about our sod installations.
Sod Harvesting Doesn’t Strip your Top Soil
One question that we get time and time again is “Do I need to replace my topsoil after sod harvesting?” and our answer is “No.” Many think that when we harvest sod, it takes the topsoil with it; however, in the sod harvesting process you don’t lose as much topsoil as you may think because topsoil isn’t getting ripped away with the sod. According to the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, only a half of an inch of top soil is actually removed with each sod harvest. With that little of topsoil being removed, the soil is able to rebuild on its own without the need to replace the topsoil after harvesting sod.
Sod is Good for the Environment
Harvesting sod is an essential part of your landscaping project to not only make it aesthetically pleasing, but also eco-friendly. When harvesting sod, the remaining stem and root structure is tilled back into the soil which adds organic compounds to the top soil and creates more nutrients. Harvesting helps protect top soil by creating new layers of soil every time the sod is harvested. The top soil acts as a natural filter for the environment. As sod is continuously being grown and re-harvested, the soil microbes remain active and it improves the soil’s overall composition through natural aeration.