If your lawn has large bare areas that need to be filled in, or if you are installing a new lawn, there are two options that you will have to choose between: seed or sod. There is no wrong decision. There is no bad decision. Either way, with a little time and care, you will eventually have a lush, full lawn.
Below are several factors that may have some influence on your final decision:
The first thing to be considered is your budget. Laying grass seed is relatively inexpensive, even after factoring in the extra cost of straw, which will also be needed to ensure proper growth. On the other hand, installing sod is much more expensive and will most likely require hiring a company to do the work for you.
The second thing to consider is time. This can be broken down into three different categories:
1. What time of year is it? The time of year that you are installing your lawn plays a huge factor in the new grass’ success. Grass seed is best sown during certain time frames (depending on the zone you live in), while sod can be laid virtually any time as long as it receives the proper water and nutrients. Keep in mind, the more ‘off season’ it is, the higher the price of sod will be.
2. How long are you willing to wait to have a fully developed lawn? Since sod is almost fully mature upon installation, this is obviously the quickest way to go. Seeding your lawn will take longer as the grass will need to germinate and grow to its full potential over time.
3. How much time do you have to spend on the installation process? Unless you are hiring a company to do the work, it is important to know how much time you will need to set aside to complete the process of installing your new lawn. Laying grass seed is the quickest way to go and requires very little time and effort. Sod, however, is a time consuming and physically demanding task.
The third factor to be considered is the area that you will be either seeding or sodding. Both seed and sod, if given the proper care and nutrients, will begin growing virtually anywhere you lay it. However, if you are working on a fairly steep area, or an area that is affected by erosion, you may need to consider installing sod. Grass seed is very vulnerable to wind, erosion, and flooding during the germination and early growth stages and will not do well under these conditions.
Again, no matter which option you choose, the final result will be a beautiful lawn. If you are still having trouble deciding which route to take, you may want to consider calling a reputable landscape company to help plan and execute your lawn installation.