Why You Should Buy Sand Based Sod

When buying sod in Central and South Florida, you will run into two different bases soil wise: Sand based or Muck based. We get a lot of questions over the phone about which is better for our customers, and here is why we think sand based is far better for your Central and South Florida lawn:

  • Most of the state of Florida has sand based soil, which is what we have on the farm. Now, this is not the sugar sand you find on the beach, but more of a sandy soil. Muck based soil is really only found around Lake Okeechobee and is typically used for farming. When harvesting the sod and transplanting it into your lawn, the more similar the soil, the better your new sod will acclimate and thrive. If you used muck based sod, the roots wouldn't have much incentive to leave that nutrient rich muck and travel down into your sand based soil. The deeper the root system, the more drought tolerant your lawn will be. The more drought tolerant your lawn, the less water you will need to use to irrigate it. This saves not only your wallet, but helps the environment, as well!
  • Muck oxidizes over time, which means that it shrinks. This will leave unsightly gaps in your lawn. You will need to then fill these gaps with additional sod and soil… yet another added expense.
  • Muck based sod will show up looking green and lush, but over time, it will decline as the sod is not used to sand based soil.

A great way to give your sand based soil a head start and ensure optimal drought tolerance is to get a starter fertilizer like Scott's Starter Fertilizer, which is available at most home improvement or gardening stores. Apply that to your bare soil and water it in really well. Lay your new sod and give that a good watering as well. What that is doing is sending the fertilizer deep into the soil, giving the new roots a great incentive to travel further down. You will have a well rooted in, healthy lawn in no time!

Give us a call to place an order for your farm fresh sod today! 407.290.0150


Here is an example of our sand based Palmetto St. Augustine sod, healthy and lush!

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Spring Has Sprung

Well, as evidenced by the onslaught of Spring Breakers descending upon our gorgeous state, Spring is here! This time of year always makes us feel fortunate to live where we do… Great climate, fun activities, and something new and different is always a short car ride away. You can be enjoying a laid back weekend in the Keys full of fishing and tropical fun, switch things up to a more urban, city setting with fancy restaurants in Miami that night, then hit up a family friendly, world class theme park in the Disney area the next day, if you so choose. The options are truly endless. We at the farm experience yet another side of Florida with miles of unspoiled pasture land, plentiful wildlife, and the cattle ranch/ sod farm lifestyle. We may spend the day paddle boarding in the Indian River Lagoon, and then head to a rodeo that night without even dusting off all the sand. There is truly something for everyone no matter which direction you turn!

Another huge perk of living in Central and South Florida is how green and lush our lawns can be. With some care and maintenance, you can have yours looking HGTV ready for many years to come. The best way to ensure your lawn starts out healthy is to buy from a reputable, high quality farm. Make sure your sod is being cut the morning of delivery. Buying sod that has been sitting on the pallet can set your lawn and your wallet back big time, as problems with fungus and appearance issues are sure to follow. You also want to make sure the place you're purchasing your sod from has a regular fertilizer and weed/pest control schedule in place. Some farms will cut corners to save money in this area, which will then cost you time and money when you lay diseased, pest ridden grass. As in most areas of consumerism, you generally get what you pay for. Beware of the pitfalls of "Cheap" sod!

We are pleased to be able to keep our costs affordable by cutting out the middle man. We grow, maintain, harvest, and ship our own sod, so that eliminates a lot of additional and unnecessary price increases for you. It also allows us to have total control over the quality of our sod. We are a family owned and operated company, so we care about our product and take pride in our business! We have Floratam St. Augustine, Palmetto St. Augustine, Argentine Bahia, and Empire Zoysia available for you. Check out our varieties page to see which one is right for you, or just give us a call and one of our friendly and knowleadgable sales reps will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Give us a call to schedule your delivery of farm fresh sod and enjoy your lawn this season!  407.290.0150


Here is a recent photo of our Floratam St. Augustine fields.



Post from the Ranch

Here is a fresh new blog post from our cattle ranch, Willaway Cattle Co., Inc. We are trying to get into the habit of carrying our fancy cameras around with us, so there will be a lot more fun wildlife and cattle pictures on the site! 

Just click the link below to check out some pictures of deer and cattle:




Specials Ending Soon!

Our free delivery on two or more pallets to certain counties special is ending April 30th… Give us a call and take delivery by May 1st so you don't miss out! Our pricing will also be slightly higher due to rising costs in fertilizer, but as always, you are still getting a great deal at Southern Sod Services, LLC! Our turf is top quality, cut fresh daily, and there is no middleman. You are buying directly from the grower! Now is the perfect time of year to install new sod, and we make it easy for you by unloading as close to your work area as possible. interested in learning more? Give us a call or visit our Varieties page on the site! 



Colder Weather

It sure doesn't feel like South Florida right now, but we are feeling very blessed! Our sod fields survived the night of frigid temperatures with only a very light frost in a few areas. As farmers, we are always praying about the weather: Praying for rain, praying for the rain to quit, praying for warmer weather, praying for it to cool off a bit, praying for the wind to blow during a frost, and praying for the wind to lay down during planting or fertilizing. We are the mercy of Mother Nature throughout the year, so when she gives us a Hall Pass, it sure lifts the worry from our shoulders. We are thankful to have stayed green and are excited to send our customers the quality they have come to expect.

Time for some hot coffee and a sigh of relief!

Stay warm out there, folks!

Need to place an order or have some questions? Call us at 407.290.0150

There’s Only One Southern Sod Services, LLC!

We have had a few calls recently from customers who have purchased sod through a company called "Southern Sod" that is based in a different town. They were unhappy with the quality recieved and thought we were all affilliated since our names are so similar.

Please make sure when you call to place your order, that you are buying sod from Southern Sod Services, LLC, based out of Okeechobee, Florida. Our grass is high quality and is grown on a family owned and operated farm. There is no middle man, so you benefit from direct savings and our attention to detail. We would love to have your as our next customer!