Nothing says welcome home like a lush and weed-free lawn, what’s not to love.  A healthy, green and well-manicured lawn does more than look beautiful it will certainly boost your home’s value.  Much like a fresh coat of paint, a lush lawn boosts curb appeal and helps potential buyers or you fall in love at first sight.  You want your lawn to echo your dedicated commitment to this investment.  There is no better time to get your lawn on track.

Know Your Lawn

This can be a daunting decision, plant grass or lay sod.  Hopefully, we can take the guesswork out of this decision and get you well on your way to a healthy and lush lawn.

Your first decision when deciding to go with sod or grass is the type of lawn you already have.  Examine it for weeds, less than desirable grass, bare spots and areas that look dead or struggling.  The rule of thumb is that if your lawn has less than 40% weeds, your best bet is to improve what you already have.  Eliminating weeds, reseeding, fertilizing, and watering can do wonders to your lawn and you can see improvements in as little as a few weeks.  If you are looking at more than 40% to 50% weeds and damaged areas, you may be better off starting from scratch.

Get to know your soil and its components before you move forward.  Testing your soil is a necessary part of a successful lawn project.  Once you know where your soil strengths and weaknesses are you can take the necessary steps to improve it with essential nutrients and improve your lawn’s ability to support new sod or seed.

Sod for immediate results?

There are advantages and disadvantages to using sod.  When you weigh all your options and needs, the result no matter what you choose will be a lawn you can be proud of.

Advantages of Sod

  • Sod gives you immediate results and instantly looks like a finished lawn.
  • When installed properly sod becomes established quickly.
  • State certified sod has few weeds.
  • Once sod roots are established it’s ready for play and pets.
  • Sod gives you immediate erosion control.
  • Sod can be installed any time the ground is not frozen.
  • Less water is need when establishing sod.

Disadvantages of Sod

  • Relatively high initial cost.
  • To have effective results a qualified professional may be required for installation.
  • Fewer grass choices than with seed.
  • Sod is grown in full sun making shady lawns a challenge for growth and establishment.
  • Fresh sod must be installed after the harvest and that usually means within 24 hours of being cut.

Seed, a Less Expensive Option?

When thinking about seeding your lawn you must remember that you are the grower.  This allows you to be the influence from start to finish.

Advantages of Seed

  • Lower initial cost.
  • You have more seed type choices.
  • With seed, your grasses grow in the same place they germinate and root.
  • Planting seed is less labor-intensive.

Disadvantages of Seed

  • Germination times differ for seed varieties and you may need 10-12 weeks before your lawn is ready for foot traffic.
  • Watering and careful monitoring is crucial during the initial process and is an essential component of germination.
  • Until grass seed roots are established you have a greater potential for erosion.
  • You have a smaller window of time for planting.  Fall is the best time for planting grass.
  • There is a competition between weeds and grass for light, water and nutrients.  This can deter proper germination.

No matter which option you choose, know that you are only a few days or a few months away from an attractive lawn, increased home value and stunning curb appeal.