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Sod vs. Seed: Which is Best for Your Lawn

June 16, 2020

Chances are, you've wondered if the grass really is greener on the other side.

 

We're here to show you that your lawn can be greener than your neighbours with the right lawn care!

 

If you've been thinking about updating your home's current landscaping, chances are you've been wondering if sod vs. seeds is a better option for you. Is one is easier to maintain than the other? Which option is more cost-effective for you to choose?

 

The following guide will tell you everything you need to know. Keep reading to learn more!

 

 

What Is Sod?

Sod grass is a small amount of soil that's all held together by a system of roots. Sod is most commonly used in areas of landscaping where using seed wouldn't prove to be cost-effective. It's also commonly used in areas where seeds would blow away in the wind.

 

Sod is also great to use in areas where you are worried about erosion destroying your land. Plus, sod has proven to help prevent flooding by draining water and diverting it into the ground instead of forcing water to drain into overflowing drain systems.

Which Should You Use, Sod vs. Seeds?

Both sod and seeds require preparation before you're able to install them into your lawn. In both situations, you'll need to remove any rocks, dead grass, old grass, fallen leaves, bush stumps, or tree stumps before you install them.

 

You will also have to prepare the soil to be able to handle the sod or the seeds that you install. In some situations, you may need to use herbicide to control the weeds on our lawn. If you don't use herbicide before you install the sod or the seeds, the weeds could absorb all of the nutrients that would be needed to help your newly installed long to grow.

 

Depending on the methods that you used to prepare your lawn and to control your weed growth, the cost of the preparation will greatly vary.

Appearance

If you have a very specific idea of what you want your lawn to look like, there is a wider range of selections for seeds than there are for sod. While seeds do take up to two full years to build your lawn and completely in finished growing, if you are willing to wait to have the lawn of your dreams, seeds may be a better option for you.

 

However, you can have a brand new lawn with sod with one full day of installation. The reason behind the huge difference in the time frame for sod versus seed is because when sod is installed, there aren't any weeds that will be introduced to your lawn if you properly prep for the installation.

 

With seeds, grass takes time to grow, which will give the chance for weeds to ruin your dream lawn by mixing together while growing. You'll have to take the time to kill off the weeds that are growing in your lawn while also re-planting seeds.

Making the Best Decision for Your Lawn

There are many different reasons why you may choose sod vs. seed for your lawn. If you're not sure which is the better option for your unique landscaping situation, our team of professionals can help guide you to make the best decision.

 

Contact us today with any questions or concerns that you have.

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