While there is no such thing as an “instant-lawn,” sod is as close to this as you can get. It also offers several benefits to overseeding.
While this is true, you still have to figure out if sod is right for your home and needs. Getting to know the benefits of sod can help you make an informed decision.
You can save time by using sod rather than seeds. If you choose grass seed, it will take between a year and 18 months for the grass to mature enough for normal usage. With sod, though, your entire yard can be ready in a matter of hours. If you wait for about two weeks, it will be ready for heavier use. When it comes to sod versus seeding, sod provides significant time savings.
While sod requires a bigger initial investment than seeds, it is important to look at the big picture and long-term benefits. Having to purchase seed every year and reseed your yard because of weeds, disease, or erosion is time-consuming and tedious. Also, you are making a new investment in your lawn year after year. With sod, you do not have to do any of this, which means it is (usually) a one-time expense.
Affect on the Environment
Runoff and erosion are common problems, and seeds are affected by both these. In fact, seeding can experience significant erosion during the 18-month period it takes to mature, which is going to waste your money, energy, and time.
Sod will curtail erosion almost entirely when it is installed and can filter or absorb any runoff. This means that you can use sod to help prevent a negative impact on the environment.
Establishing seeds takes a considerable amount of water. Sod does not require as much water to fully mature. Its ongoing maintenance needs are lower, too. Seeds will have to be watered every day for several weeks, while sod only needs to be watered every day for approximately two weeks. The thick layer of turf in the sod will help insulate the soil water from sunlight and wind, which means it does not have to be watered as often.
Along with requiring less water, it is much more likely that sod will establish itself in its new home faster than seeds. This means you get the green, lush carpeting of grass you want faster, which also helps to improve your home’s curb appeal.
What’s Right for You: Sod or Seeds?
When you are ready to improve your lawn, deciding between sod and seed is one of the most important decisions to make. While both have their benefits, you are going to have to figure out which option best suits your needs, lifestyle, and home.
If you have a limited budget, seeding may be appealing, but in the long run, having sod installed will make more sense. Be sure that you keep these things in mind when you are deciding about your yard and landscape.