Lawn Care Tips

As a lawn care provider for 20+ years, my aim here is to provide some helpful hints, tips and advice to those who want to increase the health and appearance of the lawn they care for. Whether you are new to lawn care or an old hand, you will find information here that will save you time, money and wasted effort. Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Sod vs. Seed

When deciding on sod or seed for a new lawn (or a section of a lawn), a homeowner needs to take into account several considerations. Both methods have their pros and cons.

SOD: Pros
You get fast - almost instant - results.
The initial result is of very high quality.
Your lawn will start out weed free.
Sod is better suited for slopes, as erosion will be less of a factor.
Sod can be installed at any time during the growing season.

SOD: Cons
Laying sod is more expensive than seeding.
There are fewer choices in the varieties of turf available.
Sod should be unrolled and installed within 24 hours.

SEED: Pros
There is a wide variety of grass species to select from.
Seeding is less expensive.
Seeding is better suited for re-working small, irregular areas of a lawn.

SEED: Cons
With seeding it takes longer to establish your lawn.
Seeding requires more planning, site preparation and watering.
Seeding large areas are jobs best left to late Summer or early Fall.

With the above pros and cons of sod vs. seeding, you should be able to determine which method (or combination of methods) is best suited for your situation.

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