As summer kicks into high gear, you want to spend more time outside. Therefore, you want your yard to be in tip-top shape so you can enjoy it – whether for an afternoon BBQ or for your children to run around and play games. Sod can be a great option to create a lush and quick option to get your yard ready for the outdoor season.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to using sod instead of just seeding your yard. In general, sodding the yard is more expensive than seeding, but in the long run you’ll need less fertilizers and other sprays. If you plan on sodding your yard yourself, it is harder work physically than seeding. But, once the sod is down, the maintenance is relatively easy, as you only need to water it on a set schedule, and it is more resistant to weeds than seeding.
Finally, there are extreme advantages to sod when you are considering the appearance of the yard. Sod creates an instant, lush lawn that you can walk on immediately and that is rooted and secure within two weeks, while seeded lawns can take up to two years to mature and provide uniform cover. You will also likely have to seed again to fill in spots that do not germinate properly or where seeds have been washed away in a seeded yard.
Ultimately, the choice of whether to sod or seed your lawn is yours. But know that if you want a lawn that is beautiful right away instead of waiting for years, sod will be the right choice for you.