Is the grass in your lawn starting to look bare or patchy? Are you looking to fix your lawn, or give it a unique look? There are two ways to accomplish this: planting seeds or laying sod.

Of these two methods, sod is the better alternative for many reasons. The following are reasons you should consider sod over seeds for your lawn improvement:

1. Sod Produces Immediate Results

The primary disadvantage with planting seeds is time consumption. Grass seed of any species typically takes 5 to 30 days to begin germination; this can take even longer in colder environments. Beyond initial germination, it takes even longer for the grass to fully sprout and level off. Depending on what type of grass it is, this process can take longer than a month.

During this process, you cannot use your lawn. Germinating and sprouting seeds are very fragile and cannot handle traffic of any kind. Additionally, there is no way to expedite the process.

With sod, the results are immediate. It takes one person approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to install 500 square feet of sod. Depending on the square footage of your lawn, your sodding project can be complete within a day.

2. Sod is Low Maintenance

Seeding your lawn can be quite the endeavor. When you choose to seed over sod, you will spend hours meticulously planting seeds approximately one inch deep. Then you must ensure that only the top two inches of soil is moist, but not too wet, so the seeds grow properly. There is a myriad of factors that can detriment the development of the seeds, making them very fragile and high maintenance.

Sodding is a very simple process. It requires the measurement of your yard’s area dimensions and laying out the coiled sod. It is recommended to acquire roughly 5% additional sod beyond the dimensions of your lawn to ensure there are no gaps in the grass. Overall, laying sod is a very simple, quick, and low maintenance process.

3. Laying Sod has no Seasonal Restriction

Before you even begin to seed your lawn, you need to make sure you’re within the correct time parameter. If you begin seeding during the wrong season, your grass will either fail at infancy or have a severely halted growth rate. Even unexpected cold fronts or rainfall can interfere with the growth of your seeds.

Sod has the ability to go dormant and protect itself from environmental damage. This inherent durability in sod enables it to remain fertile even if planted during the Winter. When laying out sod you don’t need to worry about time constraints, only the care put in to placing the sod.

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