Sun & Shade Sod

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Sun & Shade Sod
Sun & Shade Sod

What is Sun & Shade?

ScienTurfic’s Sun and Shade is hybrid fescues and bluegrasses specially blended for Colorado. By combining fescue and bluegrass, this mix provides greater resistance to drought, shade, and disease. Sun and Shade maintains a deep green color that does well in both sun and shade while tolerating hight traffic areas.

Extensive roots with rhizomes

One of the biggest advantages of Sun & Shade is its extensive rooting structure that is enhanced by adding fescue with rhizomes. Rhizomes are underground roots that allow the plant to quickly repair itself. Unlike older varieties, our mix contains rhizome characteristics and has a fibrous root system. The roots of these new mixes can grow to a depth of several inches taking in moisture most rooted grasses can not reach.

Specially grown for Colorado

Sun & Shade bluegrass and fescue mixtures are specially blended for both sun and shade for the Colorado climate and provides excellent tolerance of the harsh cold winters.

Sun & Shade is also blended to adapt to the various types of soils in the region. This blend is able to grow in both clay and sandy soils.

Sun & Shade formulated for:

Sun & Shade is most commonly used on home lawns, parks, under shady trees, near bushes, in cemeteries, and along streets and sidewalks because of its ability to withstand sun, shade, and high traffic areas. Sun & Shade also provides a natural, comfortable, and durable surface for play and relaxation.

Why do we add fescue?

In consultation with seed growers and universities, Sun & Shade was developed as a proprietary mix of bluegrass varieties and fescue resulting in superior sod strength, disease, insect, and drought tolerance, dense thick turf, and grows well in both sun and shady areas.

Benefits for the environment

As the region’s environmentally-friendly turf grass mix, Sun & Shade plays an important role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, mitigating the heat island effect, reducing energy consumption, and interacting with the ecosystem through physical and biological processes, which contribute to the overall health of the landscape. Sun & Shade also benefits the environment by releasing oxygen into the air, cooling the temperature, controlling pollution, reducing soil erosion, and purifying and replenishing our water supply.

Water saving benefits

Sun & Shade is a proprietary mix of the newest bluegrass and fescue varieties specially blended to be drought tolerant. Because of its vast
root system, Sun & Shade has tremendous water saving benefits. Once established, Sun & Shade can better endure drought conditions because of its extensive root system provided the soil is properly prepared allowing deep root penetration.
Great for shade and relaxation

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How big is a roll of sod?

A roll of sod is 24" x 48" = 8 sq ft

How much does a roll of sod weigh?

On average 32 to 40 lbs.

How many rolls are on a pallet?

There are 70 rolls on a pallet.

How many sq ft are on a pallet?

There are 560 sq ft on a pallet.

How do I know how many rolls I need?

Each roll = 8 sq ft. measure the area to be sodded and divide by 8. This will tell you the number of rolls needed to cover the area to be sodded.

Is your sod fresh cut?

All ScienTurfic sod is cut fresh every day for pickup and delivery.

May I pick up sod?

Yes, we have over 60 locations where sod can be picked up. Go to our location page to find a location near you.

What days is sod available for pickup?

Sod can be picked up at our three company sites Monday - Saturday and 7 days a week at garden centers and landscape supply centers that carry our sod.

How much sod can I pick up in my truck?

A pallet of sod weighs 2,000 to 2,500 lbs.  In most cases a full size pick up can hold one pallet of sod.

Can I get my sod delivered?

Yes. We deliver to all areas of Metro Denver and along the Front Range, Monday through Saturday.

Is there a charge for delivery?

Delivery charges vary according to amount of sod delivered and area delivered to.      Contact us for delivery charges to your area.

What types of grass do you grow?

We produce two varieties. Ecoturf and Sun and Shade. You can find product descriptions and info on our products page. Our Eco-turf is a blend of improved varieties of bluegrass. Sun & Shade is a mixture of bluegrass and tall fescue.

Is bluegrass a poor choice for Colorado?

Bluegrass is ideally suited for the semi- arid climate of Colorado. It is both heat and cold tolerant, recuperates from heavy traffic and very drought resistant.

Do you have a grass that grows in shady areas?

Our Sun and Shade variety contains turf type tall fescue that does well in shade.

Will you take sod to my backyard when it is delivered?

Due to the weight of each pallet and the machinery to unload pallets from the truck we can not cross sidewalks and driveways. Delivered sod will be placed on the street in front of the house.

How long can I leave sod on the pallet after it is delivered?

Due to its perishable nature, sod should always be installed the same day it is delivered.

Will you install my sod for me?

Yes. We offer full sod installation services. Our crews can also provide soil preparation activities as well.

How do I measure the area I want to sod?

For help in measuring your area for sod go to our Resource page and look for our Measuring Tips guide.

Do you charge a pallet deposit?

We have a $10.00 pallet deposit which is refundable upon return to one of our three pickup locations.

What is the best time of year to install new sod?

Spring and fall are excellent times to install new sod. However, it may be installed any time during the year when water is available and the ground can be worked.

Can I install sod during the winter?

Yes, as long as the ground is not frozen and can be worked, sod can be cut in the field, and water is available to water the new sod.

Can I sod my backyard all in one day?

Depending on the size of the area to be sodded. You can figure it will take 2 hours to install one pallet of sod per person, which will cover a 560 sq ft area.

What is the best way to take sod off the pallet and to my backyard?

The easiest way to transport sod to the backyard is by wheel barrow.

Do you sell direct to homeowners?

We sell direct to homeowners as well as to contractors.

Do I need to be home when my sod is delivered?

No. As long as you leave instructions with our dispatcher when the order is placed as to where it is to be dropped off.

Will I need a watering permit to install my sod?

It is best to check with your local Municipality or water provider as to current watering permits or restrictions.

Do I need to pick up my entire order all at one time?

You can make as many trips as you need to pick up your sod.

What kind of grass is best for Colorado?

ScienTurfic Eco-Turf is a cool season grass that is suited for high elevations, cool nighttime temperatures, and cold winters will do best in the Colorado climate.

I have heard that Bluegrass uses more water than other types of grass.

Most lawns are over watered. With proper soil preparation and good lawn care practices, bluegrass lawns need far less water than most homeowners use on them.

Does Fescue use less water?

Fescue will use less water than bluegrass lawns if it is able to develop its characteristic deep root system to use sub-soil moisture.

What about Buffalo Grass?

Buffalo grass is a warm season grass that does use much less water than traditional lawns. It only stays green 3 to 4 months of the year when temperatures are high. It does not tolerate foot traffic and is best used in outlying areas.

Is there a grass that does better in the heat?

Most of the new Bluegrass hybrids being developed are now drought resistant, as well as heat and cold tolerant.

What is Texas Bluegrass?

Texas Bluegrass is a Bluegrass hybrid developed in the Southern U.S. to be heat tolerant and drought resistant.

Is seeding cheaper than sod?

Initial costs of seeding a lawn are less. However consider costs for watering, weed control, and overall maintenance seeding will cost more than sodding.

What are Native grasses?

Native grasses are those varieties found growing on the prairies of Eastern Colorado.

What are cool season grasses?

Cool season grasses are those that are suited for climates with cool nights and cold winters, like here in Colorado.

What kind of grass should I use if I have dogs?

With dogs, a grass that tolerates heavy foot traffic such as Bluegrass is best, but unfortunately there is no particular kind of grass that holds up long term to the daily wear and tear of dogs.

What is a good grass for high foot traffic?

Most athletic fields use a Blend of Bluegrass Hybrids that hold up to high foot traffic and heavy use.