Sod Vs. Seeds: Starting a New Lawn Sod Vs. Seeds: Starting a New Lawn

You have completed all the prerequisites involved in preparing your yard for growing grass. Now is the critical time to decide how you wish to achieve your green patch--by laying sod or planting seeds. Depending on where you live, one will work better than the other. Below are a few considerations to keep in mind when deciding which lawn building technique is right for you.  

Consider the Cost Involved

One of the major factors to keep in mind before you begin planting, is the cost of your lawn. Purchasing lawn seeding is far cheaper than sod, and it is also easier and cheaper to transport. Sod is simply grass that someone else has grown (over the span of 2 years), and you are paying for that labor. It is always wiser to keep a budget in mind.  

Keep Timing in Mind

Planting seeds and then waiting for them to grow takes much longer than planting sod, which provides a homeowner with an instant lawn. With seeds, you have to follow the entire process involved in order to grow grass, but if you purchase sod, you just lay it over your yard and get an instant lawn in a few hours.

The time of the year required for planting seeds must also be kept in mind. Late spring and early fall is the prime time to plant seeds. Sod, on the other hand, can be laid at any time during the growing season.  


Sod is a layer of evenly grown green grass that is pleasing to the eye from the minute it is laid down, while seeds take some time to grow, and can even have an uneven color for a year. Also, sod helps keep weeds at bay, while grass seeds are more vulnerable to weeds, providing them to grow alongside.  

Customize Your Lawn

Regular lawns do nto always contain one particular type of grass, but a selection of different grasses, depending on where in the yard they are grown. For instance, if your yard has some shady spots, you will want to grow an especially tougher variety of grass in those areas that so it can thrive without adequate sunshine. Sod cannot be customized since it is pre-grown, and must be laid as it is.


It is physically challenging laying sod, which can be bulky and heavy compared to planting seeds. If you want to grow grass by laying sod, it is always best to have another person help you, or hire a professional landscaper. 

Weather Conditions

If you live in an area that receives heavy rainfall during planting season, your germination pattern will be adversely affected and end up looking irregular. You should consider laying sod in such areas, or other steep and erosion prone areas, since lightweight seeds planted there can wash away easily, and you may have to replant several times to ensure they are deeply embedded in the soil.

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