Whether you’re moving into a new build or tilling up unhealthy grass and starting from scratch, establishing a new lawn can be a big task. One of the most common questions we hear from homeowners in this situation is: “Should I seed or sod?”
The answer to that question is, of course: it depends. There are pros and cons to both seeding and sodding, as laid out by the University of Minnesota Extension. No matter which method you choose, make sure to check out our landscaping rentals – from tillers to blowers, mowers to bobcats, we have the lawn and garden equipment to make your project easy.
Time and Money
There are two main factors that come into play when deciding whether to seed new grass or to lay sod: time and money. Seeding is less expensive, but it can be more difficult, and it takes longer for the grass to establish – often a full growing season. Sodding is much faster and more likely to get good results, but it costs significantly more.
Advantages and Disadvantages
There are a few other factors that may help you determine whether seed or sod is right for your lawn. One advantage of seeding is that there are more species of grass to choose from, which allows you to choose the right variety for the lawn’s soil, slope, sun exposure and more. In addition, seeding provides a stronger root system development, which can lead to healthier grass in the long term.
In addition to the time factor, one advantage of sod is that it is better for sloped lawns or areas that are prone to erosion. Sodded lawns have few weeds (at least to start) and it can be laid anytime during the growing season. One potential issue can occur when different soil types are laid on top of one another, causing rooting issues.
Ultimately, your budget, your timeline and your goals will determine which method is right for your lawn.
Are you about to embark on a major landscaping project? Broadway Rental has the equipment you need to get it done fast, easy and under budget. Check out our full equipment rental catalog to find the right tools, and get in touch to get started today.