Sod Or Seed, What Are The Differences

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sod vs grassWhen you’re making choices as to how to improve your property value, having a glance out across your lawn may be the first thing you think, it may be the last. But either way- this is something where a little investment can really pay off well in increasing your property value and improving the overall aesthetic of your home and grounds. The very first place most people begin insofar as their lawn goes, is what means to get the grass growing. Will you lay down sod, or are you going to seed it? Looking at the advantages and disadvantages of both can help you to decide which you feel is best for you.

First of all, either way you go, there’s going to need to be prep work. Some may find that they have to pay for roto-tilling and topsoil regardless of which they choose. Choosing to seed may seem like a less expensive initial investment, but the truth of the matter is, if the conditions are not just right- it can end up being much more expensive than simply sodding in the first place. Figuring out not only what sort of grass would work best in your zone, but also, making sure that you have the time and energy to fertilize as needed and maintain this as it grows is vital- so, one disadvantage with simply seeding, is that it takes much longer. Though more work initially sod provides an instantly verdant lawn without having to take weeks or months to get it just to where you want it to be.

Because sod takes root much faster, usually within a couple of weeks, it does not attract weeds as easily as the seeding method. This cuts back on the amount of weeding needed to keep your yard free of the pesky nuisance, but also, does not need to be fertilized as often. Depending on where you live, you may not even have to water it as often as you would if you were tending to an immature, seeded lawn. So, in general, laying sod is a much better option for those not only looking to have a faster approach to improving the condition of their yard, but also, for those who really aren’t wanting to deal with maintaining a seeded yard as it matures. Usually with sod, after about four to six weeks, you can go ahead and begin to maintain your lawn as usual with fertilizer, and you can begin mowing usually after the first two weeks.

Either option requires maintenance, however it does seem that sod offers a less intensive initial care; that is to say, the grass is already growing so you don’t have to baby it quite as much as a seeded lawn. Though if you are doing it yourself, yes, sod will be more work on the outset, over time it does seem to be a much easier, much more convenient way to enhance your property value on the whole.