Whether you have been a bit neglectful of your lawn and it is looking a little worse for wear, or you moved into a new house, and the yard is not up to your standards, you will be looking to sod or seed. There are pros and cons to going with both methods, and it depends on your expectations and what your goals are for your lawn to decide which is right for you. Here is a breakdown of sodding and seeding to help you decide which option is right for you and your yard.
Seeding Your Yard
If you choose to seed your yard and not sod it, then you will be saving significant money. Like with most things though, saving money means putting more time and effort in on your end. Some people think that growing their own grass from seed will take all summer, but it really takes between five to 30 days for grass to germinate depending on its variety and how deep the seeds were planted.
If you are going to seed your yard, you need a few tools and things to get you started: a rototiller, a soil test kit, a rake, topsoil, and starter fertilizer.
Check your soil first to make sure that it has a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Once you know your soil is healthy, you use the rototiller to till your lawn down approximately there inches. From there you rake the tilled earth to make it flat and remove any rocks. Next, you add topsoil and starter fertilizer to help the seeds grow. Work the fertilizer and then level everything one final time to make sure it is uniform so that you will not have a bumpy lawn.
Your next step is to spread the seed. You will, of course, need grass seed, a seed spreader, mulch and a rake. Directions for how much seed to spread will be on the package; put the seeds into the seed spreader and lay down the correct amount in your yard. Once complete, rake one more time to ensure everything is flat and evenly distributed. Lay a thin layer of mulch over top of the grass seed so that it will not be blown away in the wind.
You will need to water your lawn often, ensuring that it is moist. If your lawn dries out, then the grass seed will dry out and die. Be faithful in your watering schedule and soon you will have the
beginnings of a brand new lawn.
If you do not have the time or ability to take care of grass seeds then laying sod may be a better option for you. It is much more costly than seeding, but you get results instantly, and you can
enjoy your new lawn much sooner.
To lay down sod, you need many of the same tools you need for seeding: a rototiller, soil test kit, spade, rake, topsoil, and starter fertilizer.
Check the health of your soil, till the soil down 6 inches (at this step, if your soil needs to be revitalized then add compost and mix it with a spade), add 4-6 inches of topsoil and then put the
fertilizer starter on top. Rake all of this so that it is level.
You need to lay your sod as soon as you get it so that it does not dry out. Unroll the first roll along the longest straight line in the yard. Keep going from there and try to avoid stepping on it as much as possible. Make sure everything fits snug.
Water your lawn immediately after finishing sodding it and continue to water it every day with around an inch of water. In two weeks the roots of the grass should have taken hold. Do not walk on the grass until then so that you do not cause it to break from the dirt underneath the sod.
Whether you choose to lay sod or plant grass seed has a lot to do with how much time you have to dedicate to taking care of your new lawn and how much money you want to spend. If you are
looking for landscaping in Burlington then contact Spicer Landscaping. We will help you have the yard of your dreams and manage it.