Seed

ADVANTAGES OF SEED:

  • The initial cost of seeding a yard versus sodding is usually much less. Certain varieties of seed can be chosen to best suit extremely shady areas of a lawn. Seeding is less labor intensive compared to installing new sod. Seeding a lawn is a time-consuming process. But the results are rewarding. With a bit of hard work and a little luck, you’ll have a plush, green lawn.
  • There are many different varieties of grass, and thus, many different types of seeds. It is important to do some research before you buy to find out which type of grass performs best in your climate.

DISADVANTAGES OF SEED:

  • A seeded yard can often take 1-3 years depending on the soil and growing conditions before it can be compared to a newly sodded yard.
  • If a lawn becomes eroded prior to becoming fully established, it may need to be totally redone.
  • Seeded lawns are not uniform in height and color and can appear patchy until all areas properly fill in.
  • Seeded lawns cannot handle a great deal of traffic throughout the first growing season.
  • A seeded area is much more prone to weed invasion compared to a sodded area.
  • New seed requires much more water and fertilizer than new sod before reaching a state of maturity.
  • It usually takes several hours to lay grass seed. If it rains that night, you’ll have to spread more seed the next day. Then, you’ll need to spend the next few weeks watering and weeding the lawn to promote growth. About three weeks after seeding, the grass will begin to sprout.
  • Seeding doesn’t work very well in hot climates; it is best in the north, where the winters are cold and the summers are hot. If you live in climate that is hot year round, sod is your best bet.