There are many factors to consider when you're deciding whether to sod or seed. These can be what time of the year it is, the soil preparation involved, the seed quality, usability and more.
Read through our information to see whether sodding or seeding fits your needs better.
Time of year to install
Seed and Hydroseed: Not recommended for winter or summer, possible in spring, best in fall for most areas.
Turfgrass: Year-round installation, even on frozen ground if sod is available.
Same for all types of lawn installation. Deeply till soil, add necessary amendments and fertilizers, grade, and level for smooth service, remove all debris, lightly pack and moisten.
Seed: Highest water needs - bare soil will dry quickly. Water lightly for 3 to 4 weeks keeping surface moist, begin to apply 1-inch of water per week after first mowing.
Hydroseed: Moderate to high water needs. Mulch will preserve some moisture. Water lightly for 3 to 4 weeks keeping surface moist, begin to apply 1-inch of water per week after first mowing.
Turfgrass: Lowest water needs - water at installation to a depth of 6-inches, then light waterings for the next 2 to 3 weeks. Grass will shade soil and prevent drying.
Seed and Hydroseed: Extremely variable because of germination rates, weed, and foreign matter content; unknown or unspecified varieties. Generally lower quality seed then used in cultivated sod production.
Turfgrass: Typically highest available and most advanced quality, certified, elite seed. May be certified to prove specific variety. Mixtures and blends used to suit area needs.
Seed and Hydroseed: Multiple applications of chemicals usually required to combat competitive weed invasions until turf is well established.
Turfgrass: Minimal, if any chemical control required.
Uniformity of coverage
Seed and Hydroseed: Seed varieties, rates, germination times, wash-outs (erosion), traffic, feeding birds and rodents can create spottiness. Mulch layer may reduce some problems.
Turfgrass: 99 to 100% uniformity with use of mature turfgrass sod.
Runoff / erosion
Seed: Heavy rains or sloping areas will cause seed, chemicals and silt to wash onto sidewalks and into sewer systems. Little, if any protection for several months.
Hydroseed: Heavy rains or sloping areas will cause seed, chemicals and silt to wash onto sidewalks and sewer systems. Mulch should reduce erosion / run-off.
Turfgrass: Capable of accepting heavy rains without erosion or damage.
Seed: Rough texture and open soil.
Hydroseed: Colored mulches act to camouflage soil appearance.
Turfgrass: Immediate beauty of a "complete" and mature landscape.
Seed and Hydroseed: Low traffic use 2 to 4 months after seeding with faster germinating seed. Normal to high use only after first year.
Turfgrass: Low traffic immediately. Normal, high traffic levels within 2 to 3 weeks.
Cost vs value
Seed and Hydroseed: Highest management and maintenance costs, compounded by increased water and chemical applications, as well as delay of use, poor uniformity and visually unappealing are trade-offs for lower installation cost.
Turfgrass: Installation costs offset by added values of timing, usability uniformity, and visual appeal. Reduced maintenance, chemical and water costs.
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