The snow is finally starting to melt after what has seemed like an extra long winter. Of course, that means the grass is thankfully starting to peek through and reintroduce itself. And with this reintroduction comes a required spring cleanup because no element communicates an association’s commitment to good maintenance and upkeep quite like a lush, verdant lawn.
A beautiful lawn translates into better curb appeal and, hopefully, a higher resale value. And during this struggling economy and real estate market, sellers and associations can use all the help they can get to stand out in a positive light. But old man winter has really battered and beaten the lawn—leaving brown patches, bare earth and withered grass. On top of that, springtime also means the lawn will be prone to weeds and sun damage. It’s time to make sure the lawn is cared for and protected.
Seed vs. Sod
First, what’s on the ground—seed or sod? Most existing homes and associations in New Jersey have been seeded, while most newly constructed homes have been sodded.
“Sod is grass that has already been grown and then cut from the ground with soil and roots attached,” says Michael Almstead, manager of Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Company, LLC in Wyckoff, New Jersey. “The big strips of sod have been cared for by a professional. Builders usually do this so they have instant results and a beautiful lawn absolutely helps sell a house. The benefit of sod is that it’s quite easy to lay; even a large yard can be laid in a day.”
Almstead explains that sod is grown on local specialist farms to avoid long transport and drying out and heat buildup of the product.