Summer has arrived, so paying close attention to the needs of your lawn is essential to get things up and running for the warmer months. For many people, this means reviving their lawns in two ways: with seed or sod. There are several things to consider before choosing which one you’d like to use to fix your lawn. Here are some benefits and disadvantages of seed and sod.
Benefits and Disadvantages of Seed
When it comes to saving money, lawn seed is far more cost-effective. Most blends of seed are cheaper making it a great choice for people looking for sod on a budget. Unfortunately, it takes longer for the seed to grow into a lush, dense lawn. If you’re trying to get a full lawn before summer hits, this might be an important factor to consider before you plant. If time is something to consider, sod might be the better option.
Benefits and Disadvantages of Sod
Many people who pick sod over lawn seed find that there are concerns with quality over time. One of the major factors in this concern is that it lends itself to developing more weeds. However, using sod on areas prone to erosion can benefit your lawn more in the long run. There are also fewer choices of grass types when it comes to sod, so people who want a specific type of grass, or who want to avoid certain types of grass, might find seed more appealing.
Repairing Patches with Seed vs. Sod
When it comes to dealing with patchiness for seed, there are a few steps to take. First, reapplying seed at the beginning of each season can save lawns from experiencing patches. Water needs to be regularly applied during dry seasons to make sure patches do not happen or recur. Lawns that are grown from seed also need to be fed fertilizer from time to time to make sure it keeps growing strong and lush.
Filling in patches using sod can be a little more difficult to treat, though. The patchy area needs to be measured out to decide how much sod needs to be purchased. It can also be difficult to find a perfect match between what is currently being used and the replacement is applied. The entire patch needs to be removed, plus an additional inch around it, along with an inch or two of soil. When the new lawn is laid down, it needs to receive routine watering.
Friendly for Pets
It is important to note that most lawn treatments are safe for pets so long as the manufacturer’s determined the wait time before allowing pets on the turf. Some of these factors rely on the type of fertilizer that is used to treat grass. Synthetic chemicals can be used on seed lawns, so sod might be safer than seed since it relies on natural materials.
Contact Just Right Lawns for Professional Lawn Care Services
It can take longer for seeds to grow into a lush lawn. Sod, on the other hand, gives an instant effect. In short, the cost-effectiveness of seed takes a longer time to grow, so the need to have an instant lawn might be worth the cost of sod for some homeowners. Regardless of how you create your lawn, the goal is to make sure the best lawn exists for any home situation.
If you need help deciding what would be best for your lawn, don’t hesitate to contact us. Just Right Lawns has customer service representatives in Austin or San Antonio that can answer any questions or concerns you might have about seed or sod.