Advantages & Disadvantages of Grass Seed or Sod

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Grass Seed or Sod

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As the winter snow melts and we all start daydreaming about hosting summer picnics and family gatherings it is time to look at our lawns and see what the damage is. In landscaping, there has to be a decision between maintaining your current lawn or starting over. A general landscape rule of thumb is that if at least 60% of your lawn is not damaged by weeds and brown spots you are probably safe to try and work with what you have. But if you are considering sod versus grass seed there are a few advantages and disadvantages you must consider. Before making this decision lawn care professionals recommending testing your soil to see if what your soil is going to need to encourage lawn health.


Having your yard fixed with sod can be a quick and easy solution to an unsatisfactory yard. If you are looking for a beautiful lower maintenance lawn with quick results, a lawn installation with sod might be perfect for you. Lawn installations with sod provide flexibility for the homeowner as well as convenience. The installation can happen at any point during the growing season except during extreme heat. That said, to get the full advantage of this method it is best to have this done as early as possible to save time, money, and work. Sod installations also require less weeding because state-certified sod comes with little to no weeds from the start. Some disadvantages of sod are the price. Also if the installation is done poorly, there can be more problems ahead of you. If you choose a lawn installation make sure to work with professionals who can assure that the sod is laid down correctly and that your soil and the soil the sod originally came from are compatible.

Grass Seed

For some homeowners, seeding is the right choice. Grass seed is less expensive, and it gives you more options for your yard. If you follow the best processes in seeding it can be pretty simple labor and something you can do yourself successfully. Once again, knowing your soil is key to having a successfully seeded yard. Seeding can have disadvantages compared to sod though. Seeding takes dedicated work, the results are not instant, and you have to stick to your schedule to get the best results. The worst case scenario is attempting to save money by seeding and ending up needing to sod your yard later in the season because the seeding failed.

When it comes to softscaping there are a lot of factors to consider. The best way to have peace of mind and get good results is to work with professionals. Having your soil tested by professionals is a surefire way to know your yards limits and save your wallet from having to pay twice. If you are considering redoing your lawn contact us at Dudley’s Tree and Landscape for our professional advice on your yard.

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