Lawn Sod and Seed
A bright, lush, green lawn can make your home more beautiful and inviting. Healthy grass can prevent erosion, raise your property value, and facilitate guests, family get-togethers, and pet playdates. Unfortunately, finding the right sod or seed for your home’s natural environment and maintaining it while it grows can be tricky. That is why our experienced team here at Outdoor Living by Mr. Mulch can help you determine the properties of your soil and find a grass that will perfectly compliment your home and lifestyle!
What Kind of Grass Should I Get?
There are a wide variety of grasses available to choose from. Finding the right one for your soil type and home’s natural environment is the key to a healthy lawn. There are two main categories of grasses – warm and cool. Warm grasses do best in southern states where the weather stays relatively temperate year-round. Cool grasses grow best in northern states, such as here in Ohio, where the winter can become chill and frosty. Some notable cool weather grasses are Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, and Tall Fescue, among others.
The type of grass you choose will depend on a variety of factors, such as the pH value of your soil and how shady or sunny your yard is. Your options will also vary depending on whether you plan to use sod or seeds. During your consultation, we will examine your property, test your soil, and make a recommendation about which type of grass would grow best around your home.
What Are the Benefits of Grass Seeds?
Grass seeds are popular among homeowners for their variety and low initial costs. Because available sod varieties depend on what farmers are growing at any given time, using grass seeds instead of sod can allow you to choose from a broader range of grass types. Seeds are also initially cheaper than sod, making them an excellent choice for those looking to improve their lawn on a budget. They are perfect for those with new homes or who want to fix patches of uneven grass.
Unfortunately, grass seeds have several downfalls as well. Seeds require more maintenance and take much longer than sod to grow. For the first several weeks, grass seeds will need watering up to four times per day. Many seeds need 10 to 12 weeks of growth time before they can withstand light foot traffic. It may take up to a year for grass grown by seeds to be ready for heavy activity.
What Are the Benefits of Grass Sod?
If you want a fast, beautiful, and low-maintenance solution for your home, sod may be for you. Sod comes in pre-grown rolls of grass and dirt. Once installed, it will instantly give the appearance of a full, lush yard. Because sod only needs two to three weeks of growth time, you can enjoy your outdoor spaces much sooner than a seeded lawn. Sod also requires less upfront maintenance and can help prevent erosion as soon as it is in place.
A downfall to sod is its initial cost. For the best results, we must place your new sod within 24 hours of being cut. To ensure your sod is even and grows properly in its new environment, we recommend hiring a team of professional landscapers. Otherwise, your grass may not take to the soil or may appear uneven. Although these factors make sod a bit more expensive upfront, we believe it is worth the investment to enjoy your new yard in just a few weeks!
If you would like to learn more about the pros and cons of lawn sod and seed, please call our office at 614-407-0847. We are always happy to answer any of your questions or concerns!