Seed vs Sod?  Time and money affect the choice, but both yield good results.

Q: Is it better to use grass seed or sod when installing a new lawn?  When is the best time of the year to install it?

A: There are several considerations when pondering the question of seed versus sod, but the most important two are how patient you are and how much money you have to spend on the lawn.

Laying sod for new lawnIf it is important to you to have a lawn that can be used and enjoyed within a few weeks, then spend the extra money for sod.  Once the site is prepared through rough grading, soil testing, incorporation of necessary amendments and final grading…sod can be installed.  Under favorable conditions (ESPECIALLY WITH THE HELP OF A SPRINKLER SYSTEM INSTALLED BY WILLOW’S BEND), it will root quickly and be ready for use in a month or less.  Seeding can be at almost any time of the year when the ground is not frozen, though it’s best to avoid extreme heat during the summer.

However, if you just built a new house,  you don’t have a lot of money left over for the lawn.  Fear not; the cost of seeding is reasonable.  Of course, you don’t get something for nothing.  To save money, you’ll have to wait a few months for the seed to establish itself.

Hand planting grass seedsThe best time to seed your new lawn is when temperatures and moisture conditions are most favorable for seed germination, and when there is a low potential for weed germination and the invasion of disease and insects.  For best results, a 6 to 8 week period should be allowed when seeding.  The preferred time for seeding cool-season grasses )Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, fine fescue) is early fall.  A second but less desirable time to seed is early spring.  However, wider temperature and moisture fluctuations and higher weed germination potential will lessen the chances for success.

When a seeded or sod lawn is installed it is best to have a sprinkler system to make sure you have uniform coverage and adequate water to the root system.  Give us a call or send an email to learn more about the process and receive an estimate!  

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