Everybody desires a lush green, healthy lawn. Sometimes it may prove challenging to achieve that, but it’s certainly doable.
And sometimes, when your lawn is in a rough shape, you may be wondering which course to take between seeding and applying new sod.
Both of these two options have their advantages and shortcomings, so first things first;
- Evaluate your lawn’s condition
Is there the presence of weeds, lawn disease, undesired grass, or any damage?
If you notice the weeds occupy 50% of your lawn, one general rule of thumb is to start over with new sod.
And if the weeds are less than 50%, over-seeding may be the best approach to take.
- Conduct a soil test
A soil test would help you determine the amount of available essential nutrients within your lawn.
A nutritious soil provides a good base for your plants and grass to grow in. So fertilization would be an excellent place to start if there’s no nutrient.
- Weigh the pros and cons of seeding and re-sodding
In re-sodding, you’ll be able to achieve:
- Instant results
- Very few weeds
- And with consistent watering and maintenance within 2-3weeks, your sod is most likely to be fully established.
The only drawbacks to a new sod are; it is more expensive than seeding, and it is labor-intensive; it needs experience and consistent maintenance.
Seeding, on the other hand, is:
- Less expensive
- Less labor required
- Easy to do
The issues with seeding are that the new seedlings would have to compete with the weeds for light and nutrients. Besides, new seeding takes a much more extended period to establish, almost ten weeks.
Also, a new sod would quickly improve your yard’s appearance, while seeding may take a whole season for the grass to be dense and green.
So, which is best?
I’d say both, but whichever you go with, it is essential to note that lawn care is an ongoing, never-ending process that requires time, patience, and a committed heart without forgetting regular maintenance.
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