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Is sod the answer to all your grass growing woes?

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March 30, 2013 — As many people sadly learn, trying to grow grass from seed just doesn’t work in most climates in the spring. Mike McGrath discusses whether sod might be the answer to your lack of a lawn to care for. Plus your fabulous phone calls!

Question of the Week

We desperately need to re-grade our yard due to pooling and hazards to children – tripping and such. I know you’ve said that Spring isn’t the best time to sow grass seed in our region, and so we have made room in our budget to use sod. I realize we will need to water it carefully and consistently. Is there any more specific advice you can give? Are there different kinds of sod?
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  • Susan Stinneford

    I was listening to this week’s show and you mentioned getting something to kill fleas.
    You said that they come on a dobie like pad, that you put in a watering can and then water the lawn with.
    Would you please tell me again what it was called?
    Thank you.

    • Sarah Kaizar

      Hi Susan — Mike McGrath read your question and replies: “Beneficial nematodes; Read the flea control articles in this Archive of Previous Questions of the Week ( from my Public Radio show, where the alphabetical order listing should make it easy to find the topics you need; just look under the letters of your keywords. All the best, Mike McG; You Bet Your Garden”

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