There are pros and cons to both sodded and seeded lawns. At Genesis Landscaping we're happy to install either one for you. An informed client is our most valuable asset, so we're providing the following analysis to help you in your decision making process.
A sodded lawn is nearly instant green. The day we arrive at your home is the day you'll have a new lawn. If you have children anxious to play in the yard or pets needing to stretch their legs or handle their business, a sodded lawn gives you that freedom in the shortest amount of time.
A sodded lawn requires less initial watering. Because there is already a full network of roots and established turf, there just needs to be enough water for the sod to recover from the shock of being cut, moved and transplanted. Two weeks of scheduled watering should be all that's needed, compared to 4-8 weeks of steady watering for a seeded lawn.
A heavy rainfall immediately after installation won't wash out the sod, as it's weight and interlock with the rest of the sod will hold it in place.
A seeded lawn is less expensive than sod, with prices often running half that of a sodded lawn.
Some argue that a seeded lawn is a healthier lawn. With a seeded lawn, the turf is forced to put roots into the native soil in order to survive, compared to sod, where roots may reject growing into the native soils and only grow in the soft peat soil of the sod. When this happens (as it often does in clay or rocky soils), the seeded lawn will green up before sod in the spring, and brown out after sod in the fall, because it's roots penetrate more deeply into the soil and have better access to life-giving moisture.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your new lawn - we're happy to meet you at your new home to discuss a sodded or seeded lawn and the benefits of each.