Benefits of Sod vs. Seed
A properly established and maintained lawn is a lifetime investment, adds to the value of your property, enhances your enjoyment, and even benefits the environment.
Tightly interwoven grasses in mature sod clean the air (by using up carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen), trap particulate pollution, and filter runoff to help restore groundwater supplies.
Making the right decisions when establishing your lawn will create a beautiful, lasting, and enjoyable investment.
Immediate usability, uniformity, visual appeal and more...
∙ Successful installation April to December
∙ Lower water needs than seeding or hydroseeding
∙ Seed quality in sod is the highest available
∙ Initial weed control is minimal
∙ 100% uniformity of coverage
∙ Instant site stabilization
∙ Withstands heavy rains without erosion or damage
∙ Provides immediate beauty
∙ Allows high traffic levels within 3 to 4 weeks
|FACTORS TO CONSIDER||SEED||HYDROSEED||TURFGRASS SOD|
|Time of Year to Install||Not recommended for Winter or Summer, possible in Spring, best in Fall for most areas.||Year-round installation, even on frozen ground if sod is available.|
|Same for all types of lawn installation: Deeply till soil, add necessary amendments and fertilizers, grade and level for smooth surface, remove all debris, lightly pack and moisten.|
|Water Requirements||Highest water needs - Bare soil will dry quickly. Water lightly for 3 to 4 weeks, keeping surface moist, begin to apply 1 inch of water per week after first mowing.||Moderate to high water needs. Mulch will preserve some moisture. Water lightly for 3 to 4 weeks, keeping surface moist, begin to apply 1 inch of water per week after first mowing.||Lowest water needs - Water at installation to a depth of 6 inches, then light waterings for next 2-3 weeks. Grass will shade soil and prevent drying.|
|Seed Quality||Extremely variable because of germination rates, weed and foreign matter content: unknown or unspecified varieties. Generally lower quality seed than used in cultivated sod production.||Typically highest available sod quality, certified, elite seed. May be certified to prove specific variety. Mixtures & blends used to suit area needs.|
|Weed Control||Multiple applications of chemicals usually required to combat competitive weed invasions until turf is well established.||Minimal, if any chemical control required.|
|Uniformity of Coverage||Seeding varieties, rates, germination times, wash-outs (erosion), traffic, feeding birds and rodents can create spottiness.||Seeding varieties, rates, germination times, wash-outs (erosion), traffic, feeding birds and rodents can create spottiness. Mulch layer may reduce some problems.||99 to 100% uniformity with use of mature turfgrass sod.|
|Runoff/Erosion||Heavy rains or sloping areas will cause seed, chemicals and silt to wash onto sidewalks and into sewer systems. Little, if any protection for several months.||Heavy rains or sloping areas will cause seed, chemicals and silt to wash onto sidewalks and into sewer systems. Mulch should reduce erosion/runoff.||Capable of accepting heavy rains without erosion or damage.|
|Visual Impact||Rough texture and open soil.||Colored mulches act to camouflage soil appearance.||Immediate beauty of a "complete" and mature landscape.|
|Usability||Low traffic use 2 to 4 months after seeding with faster germinating seed. Normal to high use only after first year.||Low traffic immediately. Normal, high traffic levels within 2 to 3 weeks.|
|Installation Cost||Lowest cost||Low to mid-level cost||Highest cost.|
|Cost vs. Value||Higher management and maintenance costs, compounded by increased water and chemical applications, as well as delay of use, poor uniformity and visually unappealing are trade-offs for lower installation cost.||Installation costs offset by added values of timing, useability, uniformity and visual appeal. Reduced maintenance, chemical and water costs.|