Benefits of Sodding

Lawn Care

By Evan Rivers

Whether you just moved into a new home, are looking to put your home on the market, or simply have a patchy lawn, you may be unsatisfied with the look of your grass. Since your lawn takes up such a large portion of your property, uneven grass can severely deteriorate the look of your home. However, sod can be a great option for livening up your lawn and getting the luscious, green look you desire. Sodding has many advantages over seeding, and it may be a great option for your lawn. High-quality sod paired with superior lawn care service could bring your lawn back to life in no time.

What is sod?

Sod is a professionally grown grass that is cut out of the ground, transported to its new location, rolled out, and installed. Sod can be installed in various locations, including private homes and businesses, golf courses, and sports stadiums. There are many advantages to installing sod on your lawn. Read more to learn about these benefits.

Benefits of Installing Sod

Many people rely on either sodding or seeding to establish their lawn. While both are great options, sodding has many advantages over seeding.

“Instant Lawn”

When buying a new home, preparing your home for the market, or simply dreaming of a more beautiful lawn, waiting for the grass to grow can be tedious. Depending on the species, it can take anywhere from a month to two years for seeded grass to grow in and establish well. However, sod can instantaneously take you from having dead, patchy grass to showing off a pristine, green, luscious lawn. Additionally, sod only takes about two weeks to establish fully. After these two weeks, you can walk and play on your grass without an issue. This can be especially helpful when you need grass quickly, such as when trying to sell your home.

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Dense Grass

Since sod is already mature when installed on your lawn, it is very thick and dense. This gives your lawn the healthy, plush look you want. Seed takes a while to germinate and grow, so it can take months for seeded grass to grow thick. In the meantime, you will deal with patchiness and thin grass until it fully grows in. To avoid this unsightly look, consider sod so you can have an instant, dense lawn and increased curb appeal.

Erosion Prevention

Another advantage of sod being fully mature is that it helps to prevent erosion in your lawn. Many homeowners deal with patches of mud and spots washing away when it rains. This can result in unattractive bare spots on your lawn, and it can even pose a threat to your safety as it encourages slips and falls. Since sod’s roots are tightly woven together, and the grass is so dense, erosion is highly discouraged. Many homeowners choose to install sod on sloped portions of their lawn that are susceptible to washout.

Heat Reduction

The summer heat in southern towns like Pageland, Jefferson, and Monroe can sometimes be unbearable, especially if you do not have shade trees on your lawn. Sod can help cut down on this heat in your lawn due to its ability to absorb heat. Sod typically stays significantly cooler than hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete. It even stays cooler than bare soil. This can have many benefits for your family and keep your kids cool and safe.
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Low-Maintenance

Sod requires much less maintenance than grass seed does.

Less Irrigation

Watering your lawn requires sacrificing time and money. When establishing a new lawn, you often find yourself with less time on your hands (if you are manually watering) and a higher water bill. However, according to Lakeside Sod, sod needs less water than a seeded lawn does in the long run. Sod requires deep daily watering for the first two weeks after installation. However, after establishment, the sod requires watering only every few days. Since seeded grass takes longer to establish, it requires frequent watering for a longer period of time. In the long run, you will save time and money on irrigation by choosing sod over seed.

Flexible Planting Season

When establishing a new lawn from grass seed, timing is crucial for your grass’s success. Whether you’re planting a cool- or warm-weather grass, there is a ‘best’ time to seed for maximum growth. However, when putting down sod, you do not necessarily have to consider timing. You can install sod any time of the year as long as the ground is not frozen. This takes the stress of planning months in advance off your shoulders.

No Reapplication

Seeded grass often requires re-seeding after the initial application. However, once the sod is fully established, it does not require any attention other than occasional watering. This will save you both time and money.

Improved Air Quality

All plants undergo the process of photosynthesis. When they go through photosynthesis, they take carbon dioxide from the air and combine it with water to make oxygen. By planting a thick carpet of sod on your lawn, you will decrease carbon dioxide and increase the amount of oxygen in your lawn. This will result in more breathable air for you and your family.

Cost Advantages

Upon initial installation, sodding is more expensive than seeding. However, due to seeding requiring more watering and more fertilization, sod is a better option in most cases. Seeding is also more susceptible to erosion, resulting in either paying more to reseed your lawn or dealing with grass death. Sod is mature and dense when you first get it, so it does not typically have these problems.

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Grown By Professionals

Sod has its beautiful, dense, luscious look due to it being grown by professionals. They are experts on the best practices to promote optimal growth. This results in the most beautiful grass for your lawn.

Boosts Property Value

Having a beautiful lawn can have a significant impact on your property value. Your lawn and landscape are the first things people see when they visit your home, so you want to ensure you make a good first impression. Sod can give you the perfect look you desire, increasing your curb appeal. As a result, you may have more potential buyers and receive higher offers.

Sod Options

There are many different options for sod. However, in the Pageland, Jefferson, and Monroe areas, the following three types of grass grow best:

  • Bermuda
  • Centipede
  • Zoysia

By installing one of these types of grass and relying on a lawn care service professional for proper installation, you will be on the road to a beautiful lawn.

Next Steps

If you’re looking to re-vamp your lawn while simultaneously increasing your curb appeal, boosting your property value, and cutting down on maintenance, sod is a great option for you. By choosing a high-quality sod and a trusted lawn care specialist, you have the best chance for a beautiful, luscious lawn. If you are interested in getting a free estimate on sod installation, feel free to reach out to us.