Seeding and Sodding

Using seeding and sodding, Indian Run Landscaping can give your lawn a fresh new start!

The decision between seed and sod can be a tough one. There are a couple important factors to take into account when considering a new lawn. The biggest factor is turf selection. Seeding often has many more choices to choose from than pre-cut sod. The 2nd factor is site location and prep work. For example, is the lawn in an area where seed might wash away with runoff when it is installed? If so, sod is the better choice. The 3rd factor is time. Do you want a healthy green lawn now, or are you willing to wait for seed to germinate?

Seeding takes longer to establish than sod, promotes a stronger initial root system, and is typically less expensive. The best time to seed is late summer to early fall because of preferred conditions for growth and germination. Seeding in the spring is typically not the best because unsightly weeds germinate during those months and will compete with seedlings to grow. A late summer/early fall seeding gives the seedlings plenty of time to grow and establish a healthy root system for winter as well as compete less against weeds. For optimal germination, seed should be applied over roughly 4 inches of well screened soil/topsoil, fertilized, and covered with straw or straw mat to prevent the environment from interfering with the germination process. Afterwards, water only when needed. Every once and awhile, allow the soil to fully dry. This actually helps with the germination process and encourages new growth. Grass usually needs 6-12 weeks to become established depending on the seed mix and location. Avoid high foot traffic for a full season to allow the newly established lawn to grow and mature.

Seeded lawn before and after

Seeded lawn before and after

Sod has rapid establishment, is good for areas prone to erosion or high runoff, and can be laid any time during the growing season. However, sod is more expensive than seeding as it is more labor intensive to cut, deliver, and install. Sod also does not come in as many choices as seed mixes. Sod should typically be cut no more than 24 hours before delivery and should be laid no more than 24 hours after delivery. Sod will provide instant benefits such as erosion & runoff control, cooling effects, and will also reduce allergens. Once properly installed, sod needs the care of a new lawn. It should be kept moist, but not saturated for a couple days after installation for it to take root. After which, the homeowner can gradually reduce the watering needed. After a couple months it can be treated like an established lawn!

Sodded lawn before and after

Sodded lawn before and after

Site preparation for both seeding and sodding is critical. However, site prep is often forgotten or neglected by most homeowners. If preparation is done correctly, it could simplify lawn maintenance for many years and give the owner a healthier looking lawn in the long run. Soil tests are a great way to figure out exactly what kind of soil you are working with in regards to your location. The best type of soil for growing turf is sandy loam (mostly sand with some clay and silt). Other soils will typically need more care and/or amendments to yield a healthy lawn.

Either way, Indian Run Landscaping can give your lawn a fresh new start!