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Delaware Sod Guide

In this article we'll explore the optimal sod varieties for Delaware. We'll also delve into their associated costs and the ideal times for laying to ensure growth.

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In Delaware, we see a humid subtropical climate painting the landscape with sizzling summers and frosty winters. The grass types that fit the bill here are those that can roll with the heat waves and brave the chills.

Delaware straddles a line between warm-season and cool-season grass zones, adding another layer of diversity to its lawns. Late summer to early fall is your sweet spot for laying grass in Delaware.

Cooler temperatures and the uptick in rainfall during this time pave the way for the grass to take root before winter's icy touch. So, the secret sauce to a lush lawn in Delaware?

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Which grasses grow best in Delaware?

In the world of landscaping, not all grasses are created equal. Each thrives in a specific climate zone: cool, warm, or transition.

A geographical map highlighting Delaware located in the cool season region of the United States
Delaware is a cool season state and falls in the region higlighted above

Delaware, with its cool season climate, prefers a particular set of grasses that relish the lower temperatures. The following grasses are the easiest to grow and maintain in Delaware:

BermudaWarm-season grass, drought-tolerant, dense turf, ideal for lawns, golf courses, and sports fields. The price per square foot for Bermuda generally ranges from $0.35 to $0.65 per square foot.
ZoysiaWarm-season grass, slow-growing, dense turf, good for lawns, golf courses, and sports fields. The price per square foot for Zoysia generally ranges from $0.55 to $0.90 per square foot.
Tall FescueCool-season grass, shade-tolerant, deep-rooted, ideal for lawns, pastures, and sports fields in cooler climates. The price per square foot for Tall Fescue generally ranges from $0.60 to $0.85 per square foot.
Kentucky BluegrassCool-season grass, lush green, fine texture, good for lawns, golf courses, and sports fields in cooler regions. The price per square foot for Kentucky Bluegrass generally ranges from $0.35 to $0.70 per square foot.
Perennial RyegrassCool-season grass, fast-growing, excellent wear resistance, often used for overseeding, ideal for lawns and sports fields. The price per square foot for Perennial Ryegrass generally ranges from $0.30 to $0.65 per square foot.

While it's possible to grow grasses meant for other regions with proper care, attention and timing, these are the most common grasses in Delaware for residential lawns.

What is the best time to lay sod in Delaware?

Since it is considered a cool-season location, the ideal time to lay sod is in early spring or early fall. These periods offer moderate temperatures, leading to less stress on the sod and providing optimal conditions for root establishment before extreme temperatures of winter or summer. Avoid the summer, as high heat can stress the sod.

As you can see in the image below, you'll notice the most shoot growth (the grass above ground) and root growth in the spring and fall for cool season grases:

A graph showing the growth of cool season grasses throughout the year
Plant cool-season grasses during the Spring and Fall for best results

Best Grasses for Shade in Delaware

We get it, you've got some shady spots on your turf in Delaware and you're looking for the best sod to cover them. No drama, we're here to help you get things sorted.

The top recommendation? Tall Fescue Grass. This cool-season grass doesn't flinch at shade. It's pretty much the "they see me rolling, they hatin'" type. And we're not just saying that. Tall Fescue needs about 4 hours of sunlight a day. Not much, right? This badass grass stands tall against droughts and diseases too, making it a winner for all those Delaware homes that have been throwing shade at us.

Next on our list is Fine Fescue. Again, it’s a cool-season grass. We get it, we have a thing for cool-season grasses. Can you blame us? They deliver. Fine Fescue needs about the same amount of sunlight as its tall brother β€” around 4 hours. Got areas that only get filtered light or shady patches under trees? Grab some Fine Fescue.

Lastly, we've got Kentucky Bluegrass. Hold your horses, sport fans. This isn't just made for baseball fields. This variety thrives in mixtures with other grass types. Say 4 to 6 hours of sunlight per day and this blue beauty will grace your yard wonderfully.

So, there you have it. We've just thrown you our best picks for shade-loving sods suited for Delaware. Take your pick, roll out that green carpet and let your lawn be the envy of your block! Remember that even shade grasses need some love (sun), so make sure your selected areas get the needed dose. Trust us, your lawn will thank you for it!

A picture of a shade tree over a lawn in Delaware
Shade tree over a lawn in Delaware

What grasses stay green year-round in Delaware?

As with anything agriculture related, there is some nuance to this question. There are many grasses that can stay green year round in but it depends heavily on your location within the state as well as any microclimates that may exist.

The following grasses have the ability to stay green year round in Delaware:

Grass TypeCaveats
BermudaIt typically goes dormant and turns brown after a few hard frosts in the fall and stays that way until temperatures consistently hit the 60s in the spring.
ZoysiaIt can stay green nearly year-round in milder climates without severe winter freezes or overly high summer temperatures.
Tall FescueIt typically stays green throughout the year in milder climates, given that it isn't overly stressed by heat or drought in the summer.
Kentucky BluegrassIt can retain its green color for much of the year when well-maintained, though harsh winter temperatures can push it towards dormancy and a browner hue.
Perennial RyegrassIt can stay vibrant and green throughout the year in many climates, unless conditions are extremely cold or dry.

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