When planning your home’s landscape, you may want to consider sod instead of grass seed. Also known as turf grass, it’s become a popular solution for residential lawns as well as commercial landscapes.
As you may already know, sod consists of sheets or tiles of grass that’s held together by a semi-durable material. There are both pros and cons to using sod, some of which we’re going to explore in this blog post.
One of the greatest benefits of using sod instead of seed is the ability to create a lush-green lawn almost instantly. While some grass varieties grow more quickly than others, it usually takes at least one month for grass to begin growing and even longer for it to mature.
Sod, on the other hand, allows you to create a healthy, green landscape in just a few days. Once the sod has been laid, it will quickly take hold and begin to grow naturally.
Sod is also resistant to erosion, which is a huge benefit worth noting. Many construction companies use sod on muddy terrain to prevent erosion.
If the landscape doesn’t have proper runoff or drainage, it may wash away grass seed and prevent it from growing. Laying sod, however, offers a quick and easy solution to protect against erosion.
Sod offers a naturally clean and attractive appearance that many homeowners prefer. When growing grass, there’s always the possibility that bare or brown patches will emerge.
In some cases, you can fill these problematic areas with additional seed. In other cases, though, you may struggle to create a cohesive appearance with your lawn. This isn’t a problem with sod, however.
Sod offers an attractive appearance throughout your entire lawn with no bare or brown patches.
Both sod and seed require some basic maintenance. With seed, you must water it daily for the first few weeks, after which you can wean it off to less frequent watering.
With sod, you’ll need to water it daily for the about two weeks, and you’ll need to begin mowing it after 45 days.
Of course, laying sod can be expensive, especially when you’re covering an entire landscape. According to Home Advisor, the average cost to install sod on a residential lawn is approximately $1,806.
That figure includes both labor and materials, though. If you’re willing to lay it yourself, you can significantly reduce the cost.
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