If you are looking to buy sod for your lawn, you have several options. You can purchase your sod online, through companies like buysod.com or Pacific Sod. These companies usually offer a great variety of grasses that can be delivered right to your home. This option is great if you do not have access to equipment capable of moving large quantities of sod, or if you desire a rare or difficult to find species of grass.
You can also purchase your grass at a lawn and garden store. These stores include national chains such as Home Depot and Lowes and local garden suppliers. National chains often carry large quantities of sod, or can order any amount of sod that you need. They may also be able to deliver it to your home. Local suppliers may have small selections and limited quantities, and may not be able to move it anywhere for you.
Some sod professionals, which are companies that specialize in laying sod, also sell sod. If you are going to have your sod installed professionally, you can consult with installation companies to see which ones you can purchase sod from, where they get it, and what grass species they have available.
When you are in the market for sod, however, ensure that you are getting what you pay for. A horticulturist from the University of Florida recommends that you know the characteristics of the site on which you will be laying sod and that you know about grass selection and care. You should not buy sod in the winter. It is also recommended that you check the sod for weeds and refuse to accept it if there are too many weeds present. Do not accept sod that has been sitting on pallets for longer than a day or two during the summer, as the buildup of heat can damage its viability.
Once you buy sod, it's yours and you can't return it, so ensure that you are happy with it before you accept it.