When it comes to seeding your property to grow a rich and full lawn, you have a few options at your fingertips to achieve that goal, but each one comes with their own benefits and drawbacks you should be aware of. Dry seed is readily available, but hydroseed brings plenty of nutrients along for the ride at the onset. And what about sod? Which one should you choose to get the lawn you picture in your head? We’ve created this little guide to help you decide.
Dry grass seed is cheap and easy to get your hands on – just go down to your local hardware store or nursery. You can choose from a few different types of grass and it’s relatively easy to spread the seed across your property. You get a nice little workout and some time in the sun while you begin your lawn journey.
The downside to dry seed is that you’ll likely be the one to plant it and some people don’t have the time, nor energy; even if they do have the time and energy, they just may not want to go through the hassle. Additionally, you’ll need to get fertilizer for the seed to help it grow. Speaking of growing, don’t expect an overnight lawn. Dry grass seed takes a long time to spread roots into the soil and sprout – and that’s assuming that critters, birds, and bugs didn’t pick the seeds to eat them first.
Hydroseed is essentially a slurry of grass seed and nutrients, fertilizer, and mulch in one that is spread across your property. Like dry seed, you have a few options for which type of grass you want your yard to have. The simplicity of hydroseed is very appealing as a contractor comes in to get the job done for you. All you need to worry about is watering your lawn properly.
The downside to hydroseed is that it can still be a lot of work. You need to water it consistently and appropriately; you can’t overwater it, otherwise it will wash away. If you water at the wrong times of the day, the water will evaporate and the seeds won’t take root in the soil and you’ll have water more money on the service without anything to show for it. Additionally, you’ll likely need to have your soil cleared and treated before laying hydroseed.
Sod is essentially like laying a carpet of grass on your property. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s relatively simple to maintain. Lay it, water it, and enjoy a full lawn.
The major pain point for sod for most homeowners is the cost. It’s an already grown lawn that has to be transported and then laid on your property. You’ll again need to clear your soil of debris so that the roots can permeate into your soil through the soil the sod already has. As such, sometimes roots don’t take hold and you have some dead spots.
When deciding which seed to choose for your lawn, cost, time investment, maintenance, and return on investment are the major factors to consider. If you have any additional questions of whether dry seed, hydroseed, or sod are right for your home and budget, give us a call so we can help you decide and give tips and tricks to grow a lush lawn. Sometimes, you may not necessarily need to reseed your entire property and only need a quick lawn aeration treatment, but we can discuss that when you call!