“Why Should I Choose Sod over Seed?”

March 5, 2013 | Grass, Sod, posted by Sasha

people laying sod on a hill
  • With sod, you can establish your new lawn anytime the ground is not frozen, and your grass variety is available. Sod is not limited by a short growing season.
  • Sod is already mature grass, whereas grass seed can take 1-3 years to grow fully. Moreover, sod can withstand traffic and be enjoyed within 2-3 weeks after installation!
  • Sod absorbs sound and provides a cooled atmosphere.
  • You can gain immediate erosion control with sod.
  • Increase the property value of your home instantly by laying sod (especially helpful if you’re trying to sell your home).
  • The thick turf mat serves as a barrier to weeds.
  • Less water is needed to establish and care for sod versus seed.
  • You can instantly increase oxygen production around your home.

The advantages of sod become even more evident in light of the disadvantages of planting seed. Here are some disadvantages of seeding to keep in mind when deciding how to renew a green space:

  • Planting must be done during the appropriate growing season.
  • Establishment takes between 1-3 years, depending on the soil and growing conditions.
  • Great time and effort must be spent to nurture grass seed to maturity.
  • Grass seed is fragile and highly vulnerable to erosion and foot traffic, so homeowners might have to re-seed.
  • Often seed does not grow in at a uniform height or color, resulting in a patchy look.
  • Seed is weed-prone.
  • While growing, seeds need substantially more water and fertilization to be successful.

There’s really no comparison when it comes to getting a new lawn. And here at The Grass Outlet, our team is here to help you find just the right sod to suit your needs, as well as offer you tailor-made strategies for a successful lawn establishment. Are you interested in learning more about sod? A great place to start is the Grass Care section of our website, which covers the entire installation process.

If you’re ready for a brand new lawn without the wait, contact us today to get started.