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Sod Green up

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Scott's Lawn Maintenance, May 6, 2012.

  1. Scott's Lawn Maintenance

    Scott's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 309

    Why does a sodded lawn take so much longer then a seeded lawn to green up in the spring ? Is it the soil the sod was planted in , seed type or some other reason ?
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,225

    I think it is the seed. I think the best and darkest green varieties are just very slow to green up in spring. About 2 weeks late. Also they are thicker so that the soil is insulated--the soil and roots remain cold for a longer time in spring.

    Later they are very dark green and thick.

    But differences occur; study the seed company's website for hints at what types green up sooner.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Most likely it isn't completely rooted and the roots are doing more growing than the tops... but Riggle is correct in that some varieties are slower than others, so if it happens again next year then it will probably happen every year... :)

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