When designing a lawn the question of seed or sod frequently appears. Although there are many benefits with each option, it is important to pick the one that best suits your lifestyle and property. Regardless of your decision, preparing your lawn for either sod or seed is imperative for a lawn to thrive. Choosing a good soil prior to installation will help your lawn successfully grow and remain healthy through the seasons. So what is the difference?
To start, let’s explore the differences. Sod is pre-grown grass that is installed by rolling it out on a bed of dirt where it is then rooted into the lawn. The optimal times to lay sod are in the spring and the fall. If you’re looking for speedy results then sod is definitely an option to consider, unfortunately when choosing sod the options for grass type is limited.
Sod installation is generally more expensive than seeding but has it’s perks. For one, sod does not require as much attention as seed which can be washed away, overtaken by weeds and, takes 4-6 weeks to germinate. That does not mean that sod cannot be affected by weeds. Sometimes sod can shrink if water is lacking, which gives weeds room to grow. Sloped areas and areas prone to erosion can also be problematic when caring for sod not properly installed. While installing sod, the process is considerably cleaner; meaning that there will less dirt and sediment during installation. (However, when deciding between sod and seed, taking all options into consideration is important. Sod is very appealing because it creates a beautiful and lush area almost instantly.)
Seeding is the process of evenly laying grass seed on the property and allowing it to root itself into the ground. Seeding has its perks as well, price being the most significant. Your options when deciding on seed are endless. You will have a larger variety of grass types and a larger likelihood of successful rooting, using the right soil also plays a factor in successful rooting. Seed is recommended for those who have time to care for the lawn. In the early stages, seed requires a lot of watering and insuring that the seed has not been blown away, washed away or eaten by animals. The optimal time for laying seed is in the fall because in the spring it is possible that weeds can grow before the grass has a chance to. Another option for seeding is Hydroseeding. Although this process has a higher price tag, it grows considerably quicker and has a much higher success rate. Hydroseeding is the process of mixing fertilizer, water retaining materials and seed which is then sprayed on the lawn instead of spreading it. Seed has many benefits and for some people, growing a lawn can be a hobby or an accomplishment.
This spring, consider all of your options when growing a lawn and make your property something you are proud of.