In any city, including Chicago, greenspaces are an urban oasis. This includes everything from parks and business landscapes to backyards and gardens.
What’s the last thing you want when looking out on what should be an area full of lush, green grass? A struggling or even bare yard covered in dead grasses, patchy areas, standing water, and other unappealing yard problems.
Sod installation is one of several ways to fix many yard problems – and one of the fastest!
At Ware Landscaping, we have decades of experience in repairing, installing, and growing beautiful lawns. We help our clients achieve their landscaping dreams by providing expert guidance, meticulous attention to detail, and exceptional customer service.
When you choose Ware Landscaping for your sod installation project, you can expect:
Contact Ware Landscaping if you’re ready to look out at your yard and see something beautiful instead of the problems you see today.
We get this question all the time, and it’s an important one!
The two main options for a major yard overhaul are growing a new lawn from seed or installing sod. There isn’t a “right answer” that applies to every situation. Instead, we can walk you through the pros and cons of each strategy and help you determine the best approach for your lawn.
Both sod installation and starting a new lawn from seed can address problems like these:
There are good reasons to choose both sod and seed, so let’s take a look at which one might be best for your yard.
Sod is generally best if:
Seed is generally best if:
When you choose Ware Landscaping for your Chicago sod installation project, this is what you can expect:
Do you have questions about your sod installation process in Chicago? We have answers! In addition to our FAQ, you can always reach out to us with specific questions about your unique situation.
Chicago’s hot summers and bitterly cold winters are both undesirable (or even impossible) conditions to install sod. You want to avoid extreme temperatures when sodding a yard. We recommend scheduling your installation in the early spring or early fall for the ideal weather and best results.
Because we stay busy installing yards and completing yard improvement projects throughout the year, we recommend booking your Chicago sod service early.
The answer to “Which sod is best?” is dependent on where you live, what grasses are native to your area, how much sun and shade the grass will get, and how you plan to use the lawn.
In Chicago, we recommend planting a cool-season grass like Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, and Perennial Ryegrass.
Warm-season grasses like Zoysia and Bermuda do not do as well here, as they struggle in our cold Illinois winters.
Tall Fescue does well in moderate shade, but Fine Fescue is better for a significantly shady area. Most sod varieties require 3-4 hours of sun each day, but we love a challenge! If your yard is very shady and needs grass, let’s talk about how to make that work.
Our team is made up of people who love working hard on hands-on projects, so we understand why installing sod as a DIY project might be appealing!
If you choose to install sod yourself, make sure you do the appropriate prep work!
We know this list can seem overwhelming! Our landscaping experts can handle all of this ground preparation for you so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
It’s so important to keep your new lawn hydrated without overdoing it.
We recommend that you give your yard 1.5 inches of water, 1-2 times a day for 2-3 weeks after installation. It usually takes about 20 minutes to provide that much water to an area of your yard. Once the roots become more established, you can slowly reduce the frequency of the watering. After 2-3 months, your grass should be fully integrated into the yard!
Don’t stress about this too much; we will make sure you know exactly how much water to give your lawn before we wrap up your project!
Don’t mow for the first 10-14 days. After that, use sharp mower blades set to a height of 3 inches to carefully mow your yard.
In addition to being cautious about mowing, avoid heavy foot traffic on your yard for the first 3-4 weeks. That will give your grass plenty of time to grow new roots.
Making the right choice for your sod installation is one of the most important indicators of success! Here are some key takeaways about how to choose the right kind of sod.
Ware Landscaping is proud to serve Chicago and the surrounding areas. By creating beautiful greenspaces and yards in Chicago, we help to beautify a city that we love!
You may have a lot of options for landscaping in Chicago, but we are confident that we will land at the top of your list! That’s because we work with integrity, excellence, and enthusiasm!
Here are some of the benefits of choosing Ware Landscaping:
We’re here whether you need to repair a problem area in your yard, improve your drainage, plant new seed, or sod a beautiful new lawn in Chicago.
Reach out to our sod installation team here at Ware Landscaping to schedule a free consultation. Contact us today at (312) 529-4633 to learn more.