Sod Versus Seeding

What Are the Benefits of Sod or Seeding Grass Lawns?

The average grass lawn offers homeowners some substantial positive benefits.

A lawn can help cut down on sun absorption and heat retention in the summer, helping to reduce heat around a home’s property.

A lawn will also help control erosion from water runoff in your yard. A grass lawn is also less expensive than planting extensive landscaping.

You have two options for starting a grass lawn. You can do it by seeding or by installing sod. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

First, let’s look at the advantages of sodding.

It’s Fast to Install

Most residential sod yards take only one day to be completely sodded. Sodding essentially involves laying rolls of cut, mature turf onto a prepared yard.

Your yard will look good immediately. That’s why sod is a favorite of real estate agents and home sellers.

Rapid Establishment and Quick Use

Since installed sod is already mature turf, it is quick to be ready for use. As soon as the sod connects and attaches itself to the underlying soil, it’s ready to be used (within reason).

Can Be Started at Any Time of the Growing Season

Sod can be laid at almost any time of the year as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Putting in sod during hot summer days requires the homeowner to keep up on the daily watering, but it is still acceptable to install in the summer.

Seeding is best left to the late summer and early fall months. Seeding can be done in Spring and mid summer, but the results may not be as good, bare patches and weeds are more likely to occur. Lawns that were seeded in the Spring may not have roots deep enough to make it through a hot, dry summer.

Is Easier to Establish on Slopes than Seeding

It can be difficult to grow grass seed on an incline. Seed has to be kept moist much of the time, but all that water may also cause seed to move and slide down any type of slope. The results are often a patchy lawn. Sod doesn’t have that problem.

Fewer Weeds and More Dependable than Seeding

There are more variables to success when you are working with a seeded lawn versus a sod lawn. Because there are more variables, there are more opportunities for the homeowner to either make a mistake or neglect to follow through with the process.

A sodded lawn will be essentially weed-free in the beginning. It’s rare when a homeowner can seed a yard and have it turn out weed free.

A newly-seeded yard needs regular and careful attention. Sod is more forgiving. While both types of lawns need to be watered, and both types of yards can be hurt by not getting enough water, it’s difficult to over-water a sod yard, while over-watering a seeded yard can hurt it, especially in the very first days.

Benefits of Seeded Yards

The main advantage of seeding a yard instead of sodding it is cost. Seeding is much less expensive than sod.

A second advantage to seeding is it allows you more flexibility when it comes to the type of grass you have in your yard.

If you have some areas that are sunny and some areas that get no sun at all, you can plant different grasses in those areas based on the growing characteristics of those grasses. You can put in sun-tolerant grass in the sunny areas and shade-tolerant grass in the shady areas.

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