A common decision that homeowners face when giving their lawn a makeover is whether they should use grass or sod. Both will take an investment of both your time and money – but what’s the risk associated with choosing sod or electing to use grass seed? That’s what we’re here to do in our two part series on sod and whether it’s the right choice for your lawn.
Here are a few of the reasons sod can be a big winner for you and your lawn. Let’s jump right in!
It’s fast – Sod is great for making sure that exposed soil doesn’t erode. In addition, it can help provide more direction of rain run-off and improve drainage in areas where grass seed typically gets washed out.
It’s flexible - Sod can be planted at anytime so long as the ground isn’t frozen. Seed, by contrast, can only be planted during certain periods where there aren’t extreme shifts in temperature.
It’s reliable – A big detractor to using grass seed is that it tends to dry out, can get blown out of place by wind or even washed out due to rain. Sod is already established and will stay in place exactly where you want it.
It’ll save you time – Once sod has been installed and watered for a few weeks, you can walk on it and actually take advantage of its presence. With seed – there’s a much longer wait and a much higher risk that it doesn’t take to the soil.
You have a margin for error – Well-maintained and properly maintained sod tends to establish a root structure far more quickly than grass seed does, but also presents significantly less risk of failure. While it’s not recommended, if you forget to water sod for a day during its installation period get pulled away from your home for whatever reason for a brief period of time, it still has a high chance of success.
Next time, we’ll talk a little bit about the downsides of using sod and the challenges it can represent. That being said, if you’re convinced sod is the right choice for you, you can give our team a call today and help you achieve the look and feel you desire.