Advantages of Laying Sod Over Sowing Grass Seed

If your lawn is sparse or severely damaged, or you’re starting a new lawn altogether, you’re probably looking for the best method of growing the lush, beautiful grass that will set off your landscape design and create a foundation for years of outdoor family fun. While there are distinct advantages and disadvantages of both sowing and sod installation, there are a few reasons why you may want to consider laying sod above sowing grass seeds to start your new lawn. 

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the difference between installing sod and sowing grass seeds. Sod is a mature lawn with soil that comes in patches or rolls complete with root systems that will establish themselves on your property with proper application  of water and pressure. Sod will not require regular fertilization, and can generally be walked on about two weeks after installation without damaging your lawn. Seeding requires a bit less work during the planting phase, but far more maintenance. 

Seeded plots can’t be walked over by people or animals for at least six weeks, is more susceptible to weed growth and can often require up to two years before they’re fully mature with uniform grass coverage. Sod creates a flawless lawn with uniform coverage immediately, creating almost instant gratification and is far less likely to require spot seeding to fill empty areas. 

Discuss the advantages of sod with your professional landscaping contractor today to determine what type of sod is best for your area, and to discuss the advantages of sod over sowing grass seed. Because sod is more physically demanding to install, you will almost certainly require the services of landscaping professionals to ensure that the job is done correctly.