SEED AND SOD: WHICH IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU?
When it comes to your actual lawn, you have a choice between seed and sod. There can be up-sides and down-sides to both, but you will want to determine which you would rather have for your yard.
Let’s take a look at the differences between your two lawn options. We’ll delve into the pros and cons that can help you make your decision and find not only what will look best, but what will work the best!
Seed- large selection of species available
Sod- more limited on options
- NEED FOR PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE
Seed- a real do-it-yourself process once you’ve chosen what will grow best and give the right appeal
Sod- requires professional installation, as it is unrolled like a rug after being raised to maturity
Seed- tends to be less expensive upfront, though it does require a fair amount of labor to encourage its growth and health
Sod- most expensive option of the two because you’re essentially paying for someone else to grow your lawn for you
Seed- takes longer to have a visibly healthy and dense lawn, and planting season is crucial and limited
Sod- a lush “instant lawn” in a day, though rooting time varies depending upon care and season
- ROOT AND GROWTH TIME
Seed- if starting from dirt, full growth can take up to two years to grow in fully
Sod- full rooting will take over a month but will begin in about two weeks from laying
Seed- guaranteed to be free of seeds that produce weeds, though winds may carry weeds to the now fertile land
Sod- though it may initially appear free of weeds, this option can not be guaranteed “weed free” upon installation
- EROSION AS A FACTOR
Seed- can not be used in highly erosive areas because the seeds will simply wash away
Sod- can be used to stop soil erosion, particularly best once rooting has taken place
- TIME OF YEAR
Seed- best planted in the fall to avoid overly dry ground, or springtime cross-pollinations
Sod- best laid during either spring or autumn
- SOIL PREPARATION
Soil preparation is needed for both seed and sod, things like removing debris, tree roots, leaves, rocks, and old or dead grass. This is a vital step in ensuring the best growth and/or rooting of your lawn and the importance of this step cannot be stressed enough. You may also need to add nutrients and weed controlling agents in order to provide the best possible start.
In summary, either option will yield a picturesque and healthy lawn to enjoy year after year, but depending on cost, labor intensity, time allotted for growth, as well as the type of grass you’d prefer, your decision could vary. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to what you envision for your home and happiness. Please remember that, if in doubt, our knowledgeable staff here at Envious Landscape is always happy to help you decide the right route your beautiful lawn.