The Best Sod for Oakland

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The Best Grass for Oakland

Oakland is a city located in the state of California and is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Oakland is the eighth largest city in the state, with a population of approximately 425,000 people. Oakland has a unique history and has grown to have a diverse population that's rich in culture. Oakland is known for its vibrant communities, art scene, and food. Oakland is also home to many cultural landmarks, including the Oakland Museum of California, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Us here at Sod and Seed, Inc., we've seen our sales skyrocket in Oakland over the past three years! Before jumping into the list of the best sod for Oakland, let's consider an timportan factor: the climate in Oakland. 

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Oakland Climate

Oakland is located on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, moderating its temperatures and resulting in a relatively mild climate year-round. I am from Oakland and my favorite part about Oakland climate is a cool breeze that seems to always refresh the city. Overall, Oakland has a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild, wet winters and dry summers. 

Front lawn renovation pictured below in Oakland (2022)

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In the summer months, from June to August, temperatures in Oakland typically range from the mid-50s to mid-60s Fahrenheit (about 12-18°C) in the morning and can reach up to the mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit (about 24-28°C) in the afternoon. The city can experience occasional heat waves, with temperatures reaching into the 90s Fahrenheit (32-35°C). In the winter months, from December to February, temperatures in Oakland typically range from the mid-40s to low 50s Fahrenheit (about 7-12°C) in the morning and can reach up to the mid-50s to low 60s Fahrenheit (about 12-16°C) in the afternoon. The city can experience occasional cold snaps, with temperatures dropping below freezing on rare occasions.

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Kurapia Ground Cover

Kurapia ground cover is a drought-tolerant plant that is becoming increasingly popular in Oakland due to its success with rooting and growth, so Kurapia ground cover is first on our list of the best sod for Oakland! Kurapia ground cover requires sunny conditions, and is known for its ability to resist drought, conserve water, reduce erosion, and low maintenance as it never requires mowing. For these reasons, Kurapia ground cover is a popular choice for landscaping and other outdoor applications in Oakland. Kurapia ground cover is adaptable and versatile, so it grows well in various soil types.



An important benefit of using Kurapia ground cover in Oakland is that it has a strong root system that can help reduce the amount of water needed for landscaping, which can help to conserve water and reduce water bills. For this reason, in Oakland, where water conservation is an important issue, Kurapia ground cover is an excellent choice. Kurapia ground cover is also a low-maintenance plant that requires no mowing (or little mowing based on personal aesthetic preference), which can help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with lawn maintenance in addition to the cost.

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Fescue Sod Grass

At sod and Seed, Inc., we take pride in providing Oakland with a large selection of Fescue sod grass. The most popular sod types include fescue sod grass and Kentucky Bluegrass. Below is the list of our top fescue sod grass options for Oakland. All of our fescue sod grass options are drought tolerant, pet-friendly and love sunny lawns!


RTF is our first fescue sod grass choice for Oakland because it is the only fescue sod grass that heals itself. Generally, when a lawn is damaged by pets or heavy traffic, lawn owners resort to overseeding. However, the RTF will likely heal itself. 


West Coaster Tall Fescue

Second in line are the West Coaster Tall Fescue and Delta Tall 9010 for Oakland! Our West Coaster Tall Fescue and Delta Tall 9010 are hybrid tall fescue types of grass. So, if your property will have a lot of foot traffic or if you have large pets, the West Coaster Tall Fescue and Delta Tall 9010 are your fit. Be sure to give your tall fescue lawn plenty of sun to survive the playful pets and water balloon fights!



Shade Blend

Our Shade Blend Fescue is a very special shady mix of tall fescue sod grass and fine fescues, and it is very popular in Oakland! Most grasses are not naturally highly shade tolerant or cultivated for shade specifically. Usually, the goal of lawns is to resist things like foot traffic, sports, heat, and drought for water conservation purposes. Well, Shade Provides the best of both worlds! Our Shade Blend grass will stand up to your little ones playing, athletes, furry friends and all the celebrations you host, even if they're under a tree or canopy. 


Dwarf Tall and Dwarf Fescue Sod Grass with Kentucky Bluegrass

The next best sod choice for Oakland would be our dwarf tall fescue sod grass and dwarf fescue sod grass mixed with Kentucky Bluegrass. Our top-selling fescue sod grass options of this kind are our Elite Plus, Enduro Dwarf Tall Fescue and Bolero Plus. All three fescues offer similar benefits to tall fescue sod grass, such as drought tolerance and resistance to foot traffic. However, our dwarf fescues and dwarf tall fescues are generally thinner for a more aesthetic look. Additionally, they have a slower growth pattern, resulting in less mowing and lower maintenance. These three fescue sod grass options are very appropriate for Oakland because Oakland has a moderate climate, not too hot and not too cold, which is perfect for our dwarf fescues and dwarf tall fescues. 




Kentucky Bluegrass and Rye Grass

Next for Oakland are our Kentucky Bluegrass and Rye grass sod options. The two most popular blends are our Blue Rye 50 50 and Rye Blue 9010. You can find Kentucky Bluegrass and Ryegrass mixed in many ways, like our 50% Kentucky Bluegrass and 50% Rye grass sod. But, they come in other variations like 90/10, 80/20 and 100% KBG or 100% Perennial Ryegrass sod. These Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass mixes are best known for their aesthetic and soft texture. Oakland is a great location for Blue Rye sod because Blue Rye mixes do best in moderate climates and less well in extreme heat, which is unusual in Oakland. 



Bermuda Grass

Lastly, we offer our hybrid bermuda grass sod options for Oakland as top choices. Hybrid Bermudagrass is popular as a sports turf but can be used in residential or commercial applications as well. Bermuda grass is extremely resistant to heat, drought and foot traffic, making it popular in cities like Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Diego and the state of Arizona. However, we recommend bermuda grass for Oakland because bermudagrass is dormant during the winter when temperatures drop, cutting watering needs in half. So, Bermuda grass is a great option for a homeowner or property owner looking to cut their lawn's water bill in half. The newest and best hybrid bermuda grass is our TIFTUF. 


The Best Sod for Oakland

Thank you for joining us today to look at the best sod for Oakland! Oakland is a booming city and we are grateful for our Oakland customers! Feel free to share this list with anyone you think may benefit from it. Which sod type would you be interested in for your Oakland home?

As always, you can give us a call at 1-800-381-8163 with questions, feedback or to place on order over the phone. You can also browse our website and ask us for a free quote using our discount code, "WINTERSALE." We hope to hear from you soon!

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  • Nice article!

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  • How does your price beat work?

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