The Best Sod for San Jose

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Best Sod and Grass Seed types for San Jose, California

Knowing the best sod or grass seed to use requires consideration of a few factors only a sod farm would know. Today, we will share our sod secrets and look at the best sod and grass seed for San Jose! We will review important information about this major city along with Sod and Seed, Inc.'s best recommendations, grounded in over 20 years of hands-on experience and research-based practices with sod and grass seed. 

San Jose Sod

With over 1 million residents and growing, San Jose is the largest city in Santa Clara County and the third largest city in the state of California. San Jose is popular for being the heart of the Silicon Valley during the "tech-boom", which also houses companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and other institutions such as The Tech Interactive Museum, Stanford University, NASA's Ames Research Center and San Jose State University.

Look closely and one thing all of these businesses and institutions have in common is sod, all taking pride in showcasing their best sod lawns. Everywhere we look, we see sod. From grass in parks to immaculate residential lawns and to the sod lawns housed by some of the world's largest businesses. 

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Sod lawn at San Jose State University (SJSU)

As the heart of the Silicon Valley, San Jose has a diverse landscape, sitting surrounded by its hilly geography. North San Jose is closer to the Bay Area, providing this part of the city with more moderate and cooler temperatures controlled by the water. South San Jose, however, is more inland with warmer temperatures in the summer and cooler temperatures in the winter. Annually, the temperatures in San Jose range from a rarely low of 35 degrees to a summer high of 105 degrees. With this large change in hot and cold temperatures throughout the year, San Jose lawns need sod that can handle the diverse climactic challenges posed for San Jose gardening.  

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Top 7 Sod and Grass Seed Types for San Jose

1. Kurapia Ground Cover

Kurapia ground cover has become number one in San Jose! In fact, the city is purchasing Kurapia ground cover to replace sod areas. You can see two public areas below with Kurapia ground cover sod. Lets talk a little bit more about Kurapia ground cover. 
Kurapia ground cover is a new and innovative ground cover that has quickly taken over the greater San Jose area and loves the San Jose full sun and heat! Kurapia ground cover is increasingly sought after for three main reasons. First, Kurapia ground cover is highly drought tolerant, saving up to 60% on watering. Second, Kurapia ground cover never has to be mowed. Although this may sound too good to be true, Sod and Seed, Inc. conducted in-house testing of Kurapia ground cover in our own homes in which no one ever mowed their Kurapia ground cover lawns. To this day, we still have not! While some lawn owners mow and trim Kurapia ground cover for personal aesthetics preferences, Kurapia sod ground cover does not actually grow high enough to require mowing. Third, Kurapia ground cover is self-healing and repairs from damage quickly and well. A key feature that helps Kurapia ground cover self-heal is a deep rooting system. Kurapia ground cover's deep rooting system also provides drought tolerance, heat tolerance, and supports lateral growth which gives Kurapia ground cover growth low to the ground and in turn never needs mowing. The cherry on top is that Kurapia sod blooms miniature white flowers twice per year between May and October!



Kurapia Ground Cover in San Jose, California

You can find Kurapia ground cover installed at City Hall, 17575 Peak Avenue, San Jose, CA 95037 and the San Jose Water Company kurapia sod covers the lawn on the retaining wall along the street on Bascom Avenue and Foxworthy Avenue.

2.Hybrid Tall Fescue Sod with Kentucky Bluegrass 9010

Our Delta Tall 9010 sod is a Hybrid Tall Fescue with Kentucky Bluegrass and one of our most popular choices for sod delivery in San Jose! As the Tall 9010 the name indicates, this mix is 90% Tall Fescue and 10% Kentucky Bluegrass and loves full sun. Our Hybrid Tall Fescue with Bluegrass sod has a deep rooting system which provide sod lawn owners with the highest grass drought tolerance and heat tolerance, saving money and time spent on repairing their sod lawn. Similarly, the deep rooting system of our Delta Tall 9010 Fescue sod gives the sod excellent repair qualities when damaged. Our Tall Fescue with Bluegrass sod also has a hearty blade, making the Tall 9010 sod resilient and an ideal grass for families with pets, kids, and areas that will have higher foot traffic. 



Delta Tall 9010 Fescue with Bluegrass Grass Seed

Sod and Seed, Inc. is proud to provide San Jose with Tall Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass 9010 high-quality seed! Our Delta Hybrid Tall Fescue Seed has some of the highest germination rates out there and is excellent for reseeding damaged areas or seeding a new lawn. Our seed will ship via UPS and arrive within 1 week. 



3. Latitude 36 Bermudagrass Sod

One thing we have noticed at Sod and Seed, Inc. is that San Jose loves Latitude 36 Bermudagrass sod! The first thing to note about Bermuda grasses in general is that they go dormant in the winter (end of fall to beginning of spring), but overseeding Bermudagrass with Perennial Rye Grass seed is a common solution for a green lawn year-round. Our Latitude 36 Bermudagrass sod (one of our top Bermudas among other great choices such as our Celebration Bermuda Grass, Delta Tifway 2 Bermuda and Tifway 419 Bermuda), offers the highest possible heat tolerance with a 10/10 rating and above average drought tolerance. Our Latitude 36 Bermuda sod also offers great wear and tear recovery, making Latitude 36 sod ideal for sports areas in full sun. 

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For more information on our Bermuda grasses, check out our blog below,
"5 Things You Should Know About the Best Bermuda Grass for California (2022)" 



4. Shade Blend Sod

Shade blend sod is becoming more and more popular in San Jose as time goes on. Our Shade Blend sod is very similar to our Tall 9010 Fescue sod but instead of using bluegrass, our Shade Blend has a fine fescue mix. Fine fescue sod has a 10 out of 10 on shade tolerance ratings, helping make the Shade Blend sod more shade tolerant than most grasses. Our Shade Blend sod has been a long-standing San Jose favorite for many reasons. Most of our customers who choose our Special Shade Blend Sod choose the sod because the grass adapts to the hotter San Jose climate while providing shade tolerance as well. As discussed earlier, inland areas of San Jose can have temperatures as high as 105 degrees, in which a sun-loving but shade-tolerant grass is ideal. Don't let our Special Shade Blend fool you, this sod also loves full sun and provides similar benefits as our Delta Tall 9010 such as drought tolerance, heat tolerance, and excellent self-repair from wear and tear damage. 



Shade Blend Grass Seed

Thankfully, Sod and Seed, Inc. can offer you the grass seed for our Shade Blend Sod Mix. Being able to provide you with our Shady Mix Seed is the perfect solution for customers who want to avoid patchy lawns when needing to reseed. Our Shade Blend Seed is the ideal grass seed for shady lawns or lawns that are in partial shade.



5. Bolero Plus Sod Dwarf Fescue with Kentucky Bluegrass

Our Bolero Plus has been a grass frequently delivered to the San Jose and here's why. Our Bolero Plus Dwarf Fescue with Bluegrass is a lower-maintenance grass with benefits similar to the Delta Hybrid Tall Fescue. While still providing drought tolerance, heat tolerance, wear and tear recovery, and a beautiful green color year-round, our Bolero Plus also has a slightly finer blade and slower growth pattern for decreased maintenance. Bolero Plus is a great choice for sunny lawns with small to medium pets and moderate foot traffic. 



Bolero Plus Dwarf Fescue with Bluegrass Seed

Sod and Seed, Inc. happily ships Bolero Plus Dwarf Fescue with Bluegrass Seed to our customers! Our San Jose lawn owners can continue to enjoy the same farm-grade seed used to grow our sod, ensuring a uniform and matching lawn when reseeding. Our seed is shipped via UPS and arrives within 1 week. 



6. Enduro Dwarf Tall Fescue with Kentucky Bluegrass Sod Mix

Our delivery trucks headed to San Jose are frequently carrying our Enduro Dwarf Tall Fescue Sod Mix. Our Enduro Dwarf Tall Fescue with Bluegrass Mix Sod has become popular for traits unique to Dwarf Tall Fescue sod. For example, drought tolerance, heat tolerance, disease resistance and wear and tear recovery abilities while being lower-maintenance. In addition to these benefits, the Enduro sod or Dwarf Tall Fescue Bluegrass Mix maintains the sods vibrant green color year-round, providing curb appeal to your home throughout the year. With a slower growing blades, our Enduro Sod will provide you with many desired benefits and the added perk of being lower maintenance.



7. Elite Plus Hybrid Fescue with Kentucky Bluegrass Sod 

Our Elite Plus is another common grass in San Jose, California for Sod and Seed, Inc. Our Elite Plus, similar to our Enduro Dwarf Tall Fescue with Bluegrass, is a Dwarf Tall Fescue with Kentucky Bluegrass sod mix. Elite Plus sod can provide you with a grass that has an attractive green color year-round when tended to well, along with drought tolerance, heat tolerance, disease resistance and wear and tear recovery during every season. With San Jose's varying climate, our Elite Plus is a versatile and adaptive sod option with many time and money-saving benefits



We hope to have reached more of our San Jose customers to provide this updated information about our top 7 sod types and grass seed for San Jose. With many factors to consider such as sunlight exposure, foot traffic and temperature ranges, our list of the top sods and grass seed for San Jose can offer you drought tolerance, heat tolerance, shade tolerance, and recovery from wear and tear. Sod and Seed, Inc. is rooted in over 20 years of hands-on experience and research-based practices. We work hard to provide our customers with information that will help them make the best-informed decision when choosing a lawn cover. We welcome your feedback, input, questions and comments! You can drop them in the comments section below or send them to us via e-mail at or via text at 925-435-7874. We hope to hear from you soon!

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  • Thanks a lot, Rob! If you have a question feel free to comment below or contact us directly at (925) 435 – 7874. We love to answer all the needs of your yard problems :)

    Lizza L. on
  • Reading your blog helps me determine which turf is ideal for my yard. Thanks to you, Kurapia appears to have answered all of my questions.

    Rob Reis on
  • Hello Rick B.! Thank you for purchasing Enduro Dwarf Tall Fescue; we are happy when our customers are pleased with the product. Our Enduro Dwarf Tall Fescue should be mowed regularly with a rotary mower. Set the mowing height to cut at 2. Please note, you should never mow more than one-third of the top growth at any time.

    Lizza L. on
  • I am pleased with the sod’s quality and endurance. My lawn is Enduro Dwarf Tall Fescue, which has proven to be incredibly durable. It’s a beautiful lawn to have. What are the basic rules in mowing in spring?

    Rick Bolton on
  • how much water does the bluegrass need?

    Jorge Watson on

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