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The Grass is Always Greener: Sod vs. Seed

July 6, 2016

 If you've been debating whether you should be putting seed down to grow your lawn or opting for sod instead, here are some quick tips to consider:

 

Seeding

Advantages

  • Larger selection of species available (these are important for sun or shade, disease resistance, and soil type)

  • Lower upfront cost compared to sod

Disadvantages

  • Timing: seed takes longer to germinate, and thrives best in September or spring time (however weed seeds spread faster this time of year too!)

  • Reseeding may be necessary due to wash outs from heavy rain or poor germination in some areas

  • Initial watering is critical to your lawn's success

Sodding

Advantages

  • "Instant lawn" that can be walked on soon after installation

  • May be planted anytime during the growing season as long as adequate water is available.

  • Mostly weed-free.

Disadvantages

  • Higher initial cost.

  • Limited choice of species

  • Not produced in shaded environment.

  • Large volume of water needed during initial planting phase

  • If your sod is improperly installed, it can shrink and allow room for weeds to grow (another great reason to hire a PRO!)

 

 

 

 

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