Seeding and Sodding

Seeding and sodding are two different ways of achieving new turf areas. Each has benefits and drawbacks that you should be aware of when making a decision about what is best for you.

Sod installation offers immediate results. Upon completion you will have a beautiful, lush, green lawn. There will be little mud to be tracked in by your children or family pets and little or no need for spot seeding. Sodded lawns require extensive watering for 4-6 weeks until the new sod roots into the subsoil. Watering should then be done 1-2 times per week for the first 3 months following installation. Sodded turf also builds up thatch more quickly, browns out more quickly in drought conditions, and is more susceptible to fungi, molds, and other turf diseases and pests. We source local sod, grown in our conditions for our climate.

A seeded lawn requires much more intensive care initially, but tends to be more resistant to diseases and lawn pests in the long run. A seeded lawn takes 8 to 12 weeks to begin to look full, and up to 2 years to achieve the thick, carpeted appearance of a sodded lawn. Seeded lawns should be kept moist at all times during the initial germination period. There will be bare areas that need to be reseeded throughout the first season, and there is a much greater risk of erosion and wash out from heavy rains than with sod.

A new lawn, either seeded or sodded, can have a dramatic impact on the overall appearance and value of your property, but both will require maintenance and care to reach the desired results. Both should be aerated at least once per season and set up on the All Season Landscaping fertilizer services. We recommend putting your lawn on a consistent maintenance schedule. Preventative care will help you maintain the health and beauty of your turf. It is also important to mow under appropriate conditions, and at appropriate times. Please see our care instructions for new seed and sod for additional information.

We can manage your residential project from concept to completion.

Installation Options- Only by evaluating soil conditions, watering practices, and amount of available sunlight in lawn areas can we select the best approach for your new lawn installation or renovation project.

  • Hydro-Seeding: Best for new lawn installations on bare earth areas where the existing grade, soil depth and soil quality are satisfactory. For new construction sites or uneven terrain, we provide site preparation including sub-grading for proper drainage, installation of screened topsoil, and finished grading.
  • Power-Seeding: Over-seeding is often the best option for thin, damaged, or spotty areas in existing lawns where the grade and soil depth are satisfactory. Following core aeration, your entire lawn or specific problem areas will be power-seeded with a premium-quality grass seed blend which is appropriate for your site conditions. Thinner areas will receive heavier seed applications.
  • Sod Installation: You’ll get instant results with bluegrass sod. Sod can be installed at any time during the growing season. Please note that sod will not thrive without consistent watering, sufficient sunlight, and ongoing maintenance. Sod is not recommended for shady or non-irrigated sites.

Committed to Results

Growing a healthy, green lawn from seed won’t happen overnight. It takes time for a newly-seeded lawn to develop into a dense stand of turf grass.

Best results depend upon sufficient watering, proper mowing and continuing maintenance. We warranty our work and will follow up after seeding or sod installation to evaluate results and confirm your satisfaction.

Regularly scheduled fertilization along with weed and insect control are important so that your new lawn continues to thrive.

Lawn Installation Questions

When is The Best Time to Seed?

Best results are achieved during late summer/early fall. Warm days and cool nights are ideal. New grass has time to mature before winter without competition from vigorous weeds.

Although sometimes necessary, lawn seeding in the spring and summer is not recommended. Newly emerging grass will struggle and be crowded out by fast-growing weeds and crabgrass. Hot temperatures can adversely affect delicate new grass. Although seeding can be performed at this time, some areas may require touch-up seeding in the fall.

What if My Yard is Shady?

Inadequate sunlight is often a major factor in lawn deterioration. Shading increases as nearby trees mature. Selective pruning or tree removal may be required to increase penetration of sunlight.