As savvy homeowners we are always researching in efforts to make the best possible decisions, and when it comes to our lawns it is no different. Whether you are trying to get your lawn on track or starting from scratch, there are pros and cons to both seed and sod. Let’s start, as one should, at the beginning and evaluate your starting point.
If you have an existing lawn the first decision is whether to work with what you have or start over. Examine your lawn, if you have less than 40% weeds rehab is a viable option: with persistence, you will be able to bring your lawn back. If the percentage of weeds is higher than 50, we suggest you start over.
Now it is time to evaluate your soil, and with either sod or seed, there is some preparation required. You will need to remove debris and weeds as well as add topsoil, fertilizer, or compost as necessary. A soil kit test can help you determine the right course of action to achieve the desired pH for optimal growing conditions.
Seed is a great choice if you are looking to save some money, however it is more labour intensive and weeds can be an issue. Seed is available in a wide range of options giving you many choices for colour, hardiness, and lushness of the lawn. It is important to select the appropriate seed for where you live, and the amount of sunlight the area receives. Once the soil is prepared, spread the seed according to the directions on the package. Next, cover the seeds with a small amount of dirt to ensure they don’t blow away. Lastly, do not let the seeds dry out but be careful when you are watering not to wash the seeds away, and in approximately two weeks, you will see growth. It will take up to two years for the new lawn to fill in completely and this is one reason people decide to go with sod.
When you choose to lay sod you have instant results. It is not ready to be walked on but you have the instant look of a lawn. Sod is the more expensive option but it is the way to go if you are looking to save time and effort. Once again soil preparation is key and the first step. If you are laying it yourself do so immediately upon delivery to prevent the sod from drying out. Unroll the sod, ensuring you don’t step on it and smooth it out as you go. The edges should be tight but not overlap. After all the sod is laid, it is time to water every day for approximately 30 days. Avoid walking on your beautiful new lawn for the same amount of time to allow the roots to combine with the soil without interruption.
With either choice the end result can be a beautiful lawn. The decision ultimately comes down to whether or not you want to spend more time or more money.