Improving Your Lawn: Sod Or Seed?

Posted on: 17 March 2018

Whether you're remodeling your new home or just trying to improve the look of your yard, you need grass for a lush, beautiful lawn. If you are ready to start, your first step is to choose between sod and seed. If you still aren't sure which is best for you, check out these four factors to consider.

Cost

Sod is rolls of pre-grown lawn that you simply unroll like a rug to give you an immediate lawn. This, however, causes sod to be much more expensive than seeds. For seeds, you'll pay about $20 to cover about 1,000 square feet. You'll spend about $350 on sod for $1,000 worth of seeds because it costs about 35 cents per one square foot.

Time and Effort

Sod is clearly the fastest option because it's like buying an already made lawn, making a great option if you need your landscaping to look great fast. Sod can also be placed just about any time during the year, and it will still thrive. However, it may take a while for the roots to become established. In other words, you'll have a rug of lawn just sitting in your yard until the roots finally grow deep enough. Seeds are best planted during fall, and they take a long time to grow. You'll have to frequently maintain, water and care for the yard until is lush and full.

Selection

If you want a specific type of grass for your yard, you may have to choose seeds. This is because sod comes in few varieties. For example, you may not be able to find sod that strives in the shade or sod that needs little water to keep it healthy during a drought. Seed, however, comes in many varieties, so you can get a grass that looks different from everyone else's, or one that will continue to thrive in dark or dry climates.

Weeds

When you are establishing your yard, it's crucial to eliminate any weeds immediately. Both sod and seeds can struggle with weeds. Sod usually appears weed-free at first, but there is no guarantee that a seed or two from a nearby weed didn't reach the grass. Grass seeds, however, only contain grass seeds, so you know you are planting no weeds. However, while the grass is growing, it is vulnerable to weeds until it is full.

Having a beautiful lawn is a great way to boost the curb appeal of your home. Sod is more expensive, but it is also faster than seeds. If you would like more information regarding sodding services or seeding, contact a landscape provider like Midwest Turf today.

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