If you’re dealing with a property that is surrounded by dirt or a lawn on its last legs, you might be weighing the pros and cons of sodding versus seeding. The fact is, seeding will save you money in the short term, but it will cost you a lot of extra time while potentially not saving you as much money as you initially expected. It is very labor-intensive and has the potential to go sideways if you’re not careful. Beyond that, there are 5 main reasons you should choose sodding over seeding.
One of the best aspects of sod is that it provides an instant lawn. You can’t run around on freshly-laid sod, but it has the immediate appearance of a dense, established lawn. If curb appeal is a major concern and you need the fastest solution, sod will get the job done. This can be incredibly useful for properties that lack grass, or if your current lawn is in dire shape.
Flexible Installation Window
For cool-season grasses, the best time to overseed is in the fall, around 45 days before the first frost. This is a very limited window, and even if you plant at the perfect time there’s no guarantee you’ll get optimal results. When laying down sod, you can do it at any time during the year aside from the hottest months. This is a significantly larger window you can take advantage of if you’re desperate to add a lawn or replace an especially unhealthy one.
Resistant to Weeds
Sod is excellent at outcompeting weeds due to being pre-established and carefully managed, so having a sodded lawn will keep you from having to constantly pull weeds throughout the year. Weeds steal nutrients from your grass, and weed pulling is the worst lawn care chore. Going with sod can ensure a healthy, weed-free lawn that everyone is jealous of.
Overseeding takes a full growing season to establish, but sod establishes within a couple of weeks. All sod needs to do is finish rooting through the layer of soil it came with and dig into your ground soil, making the entire process significantly faster than overseeding. Since sod is already established, it also doesn’t have to deal with some of the pitfalls of overseeding.
The other main problem with overseeding is that it is vulnerable to inclement weather. High winds and heavy rains can completely destroy your freshly-laid seed before it has a chance to begin establishing, wasting your time and money in the blink of an eye. Sod can’t be blown away or pooled through flooding, and it can actually help with erosion control on hills and slopes.
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