When you are looking at sod for sale, and you live in Canada, you may be thinking, "What is the difference? Are not all sod plats the same?" The answer is, no, not all sod is created equal. In fact, several different types of sod are grown in the U.S. and shipped to Canada, but Canada has its own sod farms too. Here are three good reasons why you should purchase Canadian sod instead of American sod.
Canadian Sod Is Designed to Be Hardier Than All Other Grass Mixes
The harsh Canadian winters require grass seed and sod that can survive the winter and still come up green in the spring. Canadian sod farmers have designed a good mix of grass types that will withstand just about anything the arctic winds can dish out. Typically, this mix includes a large proportion of creeping red fescue and fairly equal portions of rye grass and Kentucky blue grass, all of which grow fast, tall and do not mind extremes in temperature or wet soils. Your Canadian sod grower may tweak this mix a little bit, but usually the individualized "recipes" do not stray far from this particular mixture.
Canadian Sod Survives the Journey to Your Home Better
When you live right in Canada, Canadian sod does not have to travel quite as far as the sod coming in at the border. You can get a greener, healthier lawn faster because the grass in the sod is grown close to home and not on a sod farm several hundred miles away. Imported sod comes to you at a disadvantage because it takes a very long trip and cannot be cared for on its journey. That makes for some tired, hungry grass that will need a lot of tending to get it to spring back to life. Instead, buy Canadian sod that only has to travel a short distance, thereby installing it while it is still green, very healthy, and will not need a lot of tending.
You Support Canadian Sod Farmers and Their Businesses
Investing in Canadian-grown sod reinvests in your native country. Just as Americans are encouraged to buy American-made products to bolster their economy, so should Canadians. With so few Canadian sod farmers, too, their businesses depend on selling as much of their annual crop of sod as they can, or they may have to shut down the farms and/or find international buyers for their sod. Additionally, their Canadian sod only works well in certain areas of the U.S., which would limit their sales internationally.