Seed vs. Sod: What’s the Best Choice?

12972047181145844985_1_f4e57de1-1-300x225[1]Planting a lawn is a great way to add color and warmth to your yard, but most people are left wondering: seed or sod? What’s the better choice?

The Difference 

The short answer is that both types of lawns are great choices; the one that is best for you lies in a few factors. First, let’s talk about the difference between the two. A seeded lawn is when you start from scratch and lay down new seed that will eventually grow into your lawn. The second option is sod, which provides homeowners with an instant lawn. The sod is rolled out like rolls of carpet – and voila! – your lawn is done.

The Advantages 

Now, there are factors to consider. A seeded lawn has many advantages that homeowners will want to keep in mind. This type of lawn is easier, more economical and requires the same maintenance as sod once it has been planted. Living in New Jersey, you’re at an advantage for planting grass since there are hot summers and cold winters. The best types of grass to plant include bluegrass and rye.

Laying sod can be beneficial as well. Lawn sod provides an instant lawn, so there is no need to wait. This can be helpful for homeowners who don’t have the time or patience to watch their lawn grow in. And if you take care of the sod properly, you can ensure that your lawn will continue to look beautiful, as opposed to seed that can grow in irregularly.

The Disadvantages 

There are some drawbacks to be aware of, however. Seeded lawns take time and patience, so your lawn will be left bare for some time. These lawns must be watered regularly so that the seed stays moist during germination. Too much moisture will allow the grass to grow in sporadically, so you may have to lay seed again to prevent this.

The biggest drawback to sod lawns is that they are expensive. Not only do they cost more per square foot, but they must be installed by a professional instead of by the homeowner. Sod must always be laid the same day it is cut so that it roots well. There is a lot of maintenance as well, and homeowners must watch for fungus growth. Fortunately, the New Jersey climate is favorable for laying sod.

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