When you have a struggling or damaged lawn, it can feel like having a beautiful lawn will be far into the future – if ever. But we have good news: installing sod is not just an effective way to get a gorgeous lawn. It’s also fast.
A lush and vibrant lawn can be yours in no time with the exceptional sod installation services offered by Ware Landscaping in Wheaton. Our team of experts excels in crafting and installing stunning lawns that are tailored to your yard’s unique characteristics.
Sod is a great solution for installing a brand new lawn or repairing one that has been damaged by poor drainage, fungi, pet waste, weeds, and construction projects.
We use resilient native grasses that have been grown in soil that matches our own here in the Wheaton area. That’s because these grasses require less water and maintenance.
With decades of experience under our belt, our dedicated Wheaton team manages every aspect of the installation process with precision, from soil preparation to the final sod placement. We prioritize proper drainage, seamless sod connections, and smooth grading. No detail is too small when it comes to crafting your ideal lawn.
The finished product is a lush and sustainable lawn. Wheaton is home to so many gorgeous yards, and yours is going to be one of them when we’re done!
There are several pathways to a beautiful new lawn, including the installation of sod and planting all new grass seed. Each option has its benefits, but the right choice for your yard is going to depend on a number of factors.
Some of the common problems that indicate the need for new grass, either from seed or sod, include:
Deciding between sod or seed can seem like a tricky choice, but our sod and seed experts in Wheaton can help you determine the best course of action.
Here are some of the reasons why sod can be a better choice than seed:
There are some situations when it is better to plant grass seed. Specifically:
One of the reasons we love installing sod is because the results are so fast and beautiful. Our sod installation experts in Wheaton know all the best types of grass for this area. Specifically, we help you choose the right grass variety that will thrive in the cold Northern Illinois climate. We will provide you with recommendations that will match your vision for your yard, whether you have full sun, lots of shade, or a mix of shady and sunny areas.
Curious about the process? Here’s what you can expect when you choose Ware Landscaping for your Wheaton sod installation project.
After the installation, our team remains at your disposal to address questions, inspect any issues, and provide resources, advice, and services to keep your lawn in pristine condition.
Let’s take a look at some of the sod installation questions our sod installation pros in Wheaton hear most frequently from our clients.
Timing is key when installing sod in Northern Illinois. To ensure success, it’s best to avoid extreme heat and cold. We recommend scheduling your sod installation in early spring or fall. Our busiest sod season runs from April to May as homeowners strive for an enviable lawn before summer.
However, sod can also be installed between September and October before winter dormancy. To secure your preferred timeline within our active installation calendar, we suggest booking your Wheaton sod service early. Reach out to us today to learn more about ideal scheduling for your climate and yard.
For landscaping in Wheaton, we always recommend native grasses as they are most likely to thrive in this climate. The ideal cool season grasses for sodding Northern Illinois areas like Wheaton include Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass.
You’ll want to avoid warm season varieties like zoysia and bermuda that will struggle through Illinois winters. When we visit for a free consultation, we can also help you determine which grasses do better in shady yards.
For example, fine fescue does well with significant shade, and tall fescue does well with moderate shade. However, most other varieties require 3-4 hours of full sun per day.
Installing sod yourself in Wheaton can be a rewarding DIY challenge, but please note that it requires proper preparation. First, remove all debris, weeds, and old grass where new sod will be laid. Thoroughly till the soil 4-6 inches down and level the area. We recommend amending the soil with compost and testing that nutrients are ideal for sod growth.
Compost also enhances drainage, so you can work that into the soil. And remember to moisten the soil before laying new sod.
We’re happy to help if DIY sod prep sounds overwhelming – our experts handle every step of preparation and installation for stunning results. Contact us to learn more about our Wheaton sod services.
When installing new sod, our technicians meticulously stagger the sod strips, tightly packing each section against the next to form a seamless lawn. We use sharp knives to carefully cut the sod around yard edges and trees, tamping down the borders for a flawless look.
After laying the new sod, we thoroughly water it to help the grass roots establish themselves in the soil. We also provide you with step-by-step watering instructions so that you know exactly what to do when we are done.
Proper installation by our experts ensures your new sod lawn gets off to the healthiest start possible.
Proper watering is crucial for newly laid sod. We recommend watering new sod once or twice daily for 2-3 weeks, applying about 1.5 inches of water per session. (It usually takes 20 minutes for an area to receive 1.5 inches of saturation.)
After the roots become established, gradually reduce watering frequency. With proper care following installation, your new sod should be fully rooted and established within 2-3 months. Our technicians are happy to provide specific watering instructions to ensure your new lawn thrives.
Wait 10-14 days after new sod is installed before mowing. Use sharp mower blades set to a height of 3 inches. Even after the initial 2 weeks, continue avoiding heavy foot traffic and mowing on new sod for 3-4 weeks to protect the establishing roots. Careful mowing will produce a healthier lawn.
With proper care like attentive watering, your new sod lawn should be fully rooted and established within 2-3 months after installation.
To help your sod thrive, follow our experts’ instructions for the first 3-4 weeks to allow the grass roots to develop undisturbed. Once established, your properly installed and maintained sod will provide a lush, resilient lawn.
Once your new sod is well-rooted, recommended care includes fertilizing 2-3 times per year as needed. Watering can be done less frequently after the initial period. Periodic dethatching, aerating, and mowing at the proper height for your sod type will keep your lawn healthy and beautiful. And of course, you can contact us anytime for advice on caring for your specific variety of sod.
When installing sod, you have to consider the following:
Wheaton is known for its beautiful homes, businesses, parks, and institutions. We are proud to offer homeowners and business owners in Wheaton a gorgeous lawn in no time, thanks to sod installation.
Some of the benefits of working with us for your project include:
The Ware Landscaping approach ensures that your new lawn will achieve your unique goals, including how it looks and how it functions. We always take the time to get to know our clients’ needs and preferences before our sod installation experts even get started.
Whether you need to fix a few trouble spots, sod an entirely new lawn, or repair and enhance your existing yard, contact Ware Landscaping’s sod installation experts in Wheaton to learn more.
Contact us today at (312) 529-4633 to schedule a conversation!