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Lawn Seeding vs. Sodding

The Lawn of Your Dreams

Many homeowners aspire to have the perfect lawn. Whether you’re aiming for perfectly planted flowers, to a porch swing, to bird feeders, a beautiful lawn is something to admire and be proud of. In the middle of every beautiful lawn is the star of the show: your grass.

In the Texas heat, we know how important and tricky it is to keep our lawns happy, healthy, and green. If you’re ready to step your yard game up this year, it may be time to go for a whole new lawn. But, should you seed or sod?

The team at J Bell Services is here to tell you all the details about sodding and seeding and encourage you to make the right decision for your property and lifestyle.

Sodding

Sodding involves laying strips of already grown grass across your lawn on top of prepared soil.

Benefits to Sodding

Instant Results

As the grass is already grown, you don’t have to worry about your lawn being a dirt patch for long! When you choose a company like J Bell Services, your lawn will be professionally laid and fit together beautifully.

Fast Rooting

Your sodded grass can begin to develop roots after just 2-3 weeks, giving it a strong foundation in a short period of time.

No Seasonal Restraints

Because you’re not attempting to grow the grass from the ground up, you can lay sod in your yard in any season!

Low Maintenance

Your sod will need watering just like any lawn. However, you won’t need to baby it in order for the roots to establish.

Disadvantages to Sodding

Higher Initial Costs

As you can imagine, laying already grown grass in your yard comes with a higher price tag than seeding would.

More Labor Intensive Installation

The initial cost also includes the cost of labor. Laying sod requires more time and people to get the job done just right.

Less Options

When going with sod, your choices are limited to the types of grass grown by farmers in your area. This means you may not get the exact type you were looking for.

Seeding

Seeding is the process of growing your own grass from the seed. It requires ideal soil conditions, good drainage, and a lot of patience.

Benefits to Seeding

Options

Seeding offers many benefits including a wider variety of grass options. This allows you to choose a type of grass that will thrive in your area, and be resistant to drought and pests.

Cost

Seeding also has a lower initial cost than sodding. Depending on the size of your yard and the type of grass you choose, seeding can be up to 10 times less expensive than sodding.

Less Labor Intensive

If you’re looking for a less labor-intensive installation, seeding is the way to go. However, keep in mind that once planted, you are the gardener. Meaning you are responsible for watering and encouraging these seeds to root and grow.

Stronger Roots

And speaking of roots, the final benefit to seeding your lawn is that seeded lawns typically have a deeper rooting system once grown.

Disadvantages to Seeding

Time Commitment

Seeding, of course, is not for everyone. In order to grow properly, seeds need to be closely cared for. They require a moist environment, however too much moisture can cause erosion and destroy rooting systems.

It can also take up to 12 weeks to see results..

Seasonal Restraints

As you’re attempting to help your little seedlings grow, there are limits to when experts recommend seeding. This limits your seeding options to the late summer and early fall.

Vulnerable

In addition to being vulnerable to too much moisture, seeds can also become overrun by weeds.

Sodding in DFW

If sodding seems like the right move for your lawn, give J Bell Services a call at (214) 307-8783 to discuss your options and schedule an appointment!