Seed vs Sod, and a Few Grass Alternative Recommendations

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Nov, 2013
It may be a little late in the year to tackle seeding or sodding, but if you’ve recently moved into a new home or have a lawn which could use some renovating, you’ll definitely want to add grass in the springtime. With the range of options, the question homeowners face is whether to seed or […] The post Seed vs Sod, and a Few Grass Alternative Recommendations appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.

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It may be a little late in the year to tackle seeding or sodding, but if you’ve recently moved into a new home or have a lawn which could use some renovating, you’ll definitely want to add grass in the springtime.
With the range of options, the question homeowners face is whether to seed or sod?
The University of Illinois Extension has a great article on their website which simplifies the advantages and disadvantages of each. We’ve summarized their list of advantages and disadvantages below.
With seeding, the advantages are:
  • A larger selection of species. Each species is also suited to different situations such as soil type, disease resistance, or sun or shade requirements.
  • The grass develops in its permanent environment.
  • The cost of seeding is initially lower than the initial cost of sodding.
However, with seeding, comes disadvantages such as these:
  • Timing is essential.
  • It takes longer to get a dense lawn.
  • You have to reseed if germination is poor or if areas are washed out from rain.
  • Weeds may be more of a problem until the lawn is completely established.
  • Watering from the start is vital.
Sodding has its advantages, such as:
  • It’s an instant lawn.
  • You can walk on it soon after it’s planted.
  • You can plant it anytime during the growing season.
  • Sod is fairly weed-free.
But it also has disadvantages, such as:
  • The initial cost is higher
  • The choice of species is limited
  • It requires large amounts of water initially.
  • Sod can shrink, and weeds can invade within open areas.
  • The speed of rooting varies. Spring and fall are usually the best times to lay sod to ensure optimal rooting.
Yet another option is the new artificial turf products. Synthetic grass options are a cost effective alternative to natural sod grass. They come with a warranty, and require much less water. You never have to mow, reseed, or fertilize a synthetic lawn.
If you’re interested in using an artificial turf products, here are a few of the newest products the Bob Vila site recommends:
Sphere Turf is a Rye product with multi-faceted blades and two-tone colored fibers so it looks more natural. It has an all-weather rating and an 8-year warranty.
StarPro’s St. Austine Ultra Premium Synthetic Grass has one of the thickest face weights available on the market. The blade is dense and straight (great for both back and front lawns), and it’s UV-stabilized and stain resistant.
Premium RealGrass has 1.75 inches tall blades, and natural-looking wheat-colored thatch. It’s an all-poly product with a patented urethane backing.
Read more about synthetic grass options at BobVila.com
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