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The Best Sod Types for Colorado - Emerald Sod Farms

Choosing the right sod for the climate is incredibly important. At Emerald Sod Farms, we have three sod types that are the best and most popular for locals. Too often, we find sod fails because homeowners purchase the wrong type of sod or fail to properly prepare for it. By sharing information to support you, we hope you find your lawn to be healthy and lush for years to come.

The Best Sod for Colorado


Bluegrass also known as Kentucky Bluegrass is one of the most popular sods installed in Colorado yards because of its durability, drought resistance, and overall appearance.

Proper care of this grass is important, as it can have issues with necrotic ring spot (NRS), a perennial disease, and thatch, which is organic overgrowth and accumulation. It must also be placed on correctly prepared soil and won’t thrive as it should in heavily shaded areas.

Texas Hybrid

This is a blend of Texas and Kentucky Bluegrass that offers better heat and wear tolerance and lower maintenance needs. It is ideal for both commercial and residential needs as a high-quality sod. It is best suited for sun and medium shade areas.

ESF Fescue

Unlike Bluegrass, ESF Fescue does fine in the shade. It has good drought resistance, deep roots, won’t overgrow areas, and doesn’t create thatch issues. However, the downside is that it’s not as durable, making it a less effective choice for heavy use. It also doesn’t recover like Bluegrass, so if it’s worn down, it will stay bare. It grows quickly and needs to be maintained with sharp blades or it will crack and brown.


More Factors to Consider

To choose the best sod for Colorado, look at your own specific needs. These three grass types are the most popular sods installed in the area, but choosing the right one will depend on a number of factors.

Speaking to a sod professional about your lawn goals, soil and shade conditions, water, irrigation, and maintenance habits will help them determine the best sod for your specific project, rather than just choosing one based on popularity. Whether you are needing new sod or support with sod care, contact Emerald Sod Farms today to learn more about the best sod for Colorado, applications, pricing, and sod maintenance.