Sod Vs. Seed: Which Is The Best Choice?

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The Big Question: Sod or Seed?

If you’ve ever been faced with the question of whether to lay down sod or grow grass from seed, you know there’s never an easy answer. There are many upsides to growing a lawn from seed but also comes with some drawbacks. The same can be said of laying down sod. Read on to find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of sod and seed.

Seed Pros And Cons

Growing your own lawn from seed can be very satisfying. However, growing turf yourself can take time which can be frustrating and limiting. You will have to live with bare dirt instead of lush grass until it grows in and you will not be able to walk or play on your lawn during that time either. 

Sod is traditionally far more expensive than sowing seed—up to 20 times more expensive. Depending on your lawn’s measurements, your specific grass type, and whether or not you’ve hired a professional company to sow the seed, this might mean saving you several thousand dollars over the course of your project. Additionally, there is more variety of seed than you will find with sod. With more variety to choose from, you have a chance to really pick out the right grass for your climate, soil and sun exposure. You can also find grass that might have better resistance to drought or flooding, pests and diseases that are common in your area. Lastly, by starting your lawn from scratch which may result in a stronger, deeper root system.

Sod Pros And Cons

On the other hand, sodding your yard can be satisfying in different ways. Instead of waiting a season or two to get a full, lush lawn, with sod you can enjoy your lawn in a few short weeks. Seeding your yard can be a bit volatile and part of the process involves covering off your yard to protect the seeds from pests and animals. With sod, you don’t have to worry about these things at all. While seed needs to be sowed in either spring or fall, sod can be laid or patched any time of year if it can be watered regularly. Sod will take root in tough terrains like hill slopes, which are often notoriously difficult to seed properly since seeds easily wash away with any rainfall.  

Should I Call Lawn Care Pros For Advice?

If you are contemplating which is the better method for your lawn and need advice on sod or seed for your particular area or circumstances, help is just a phone call away. Find all the help you need for your lawn care project through our convenient portal at LawnCare.net.

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