Small urban yards may require simple, on-going maintenance, to maintain your perfect lawn, however, if you are starting from scratch, two common options to choose from are laying sod or hydroseeding.
Sod is large-rolls of natural turf still attached to the soil and held together by its roots. Although the initial cost of sod may be slightly higher than hydroseeding, there are infinitely more benefits to a sodded lawn. For instance, if you buy sod from a trusted local grower, like Greenhorizons Sod Farms, you are guaranteed to get a grass that grows well in your area. For example, Greenhorizons Sod Farms' GHG Premium Bluegrass, a combination of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars, selected through years of trials and extensive research. This blend is suited to a variety of locations and applications from golf courses and sports fields to landscapes. The varieties that are blended into GHG Premium Bluegrass are chosen for their high density, dwarf vertical growth, drought tolerance, ability to be maintained at low cutting heights and their incredible, deep green colour.
Benefits of Sod
Although the type of grass and environmental conditions determine the optimal season for laying sod, generally speaking, sod can be installed any time of the year. In our Southern Ontario climate you can lay sod anytime between mid-April until mid-December, of course, weather permitting.
Sod turns a bare patch of ground into a lush, grass-covered lawn instantly. Because it is fully mature the day it is installed, sod immediately controls erosion. Sod can be installed on steep hills and is used on slopes for stabilization, immediately eliminating wash-out and mud.
Once installed, sod requires less maintenance. While sod does need regular irrigation to stay moist until it is firmly established, it typically does not dry out as fast as a grass-seeded area under normal conditions.
Because the grass is already established, a sodded yard is instantaneous while a seeded lawn will be in it’s infant stage. The tender new grass blades that emerge from seeds are more susceptible to damage. Walking on the lawn and using it for regular activities and entertaining may result in trampled or dead grass. Although light activity for the first four to six weeks after sod installation is recommended while the roots become established, a sodded lawn is ready for use much sooner than a seeded one.
Hydroseeding (hydraulic mulch seeding, hydra seeding), is a planting process which uses a slurry (fluid mixture) of mulch and seed that is sprayed over a prepped area. Typically, hydroseeding is done during the dryer months. If, however, hydroseed is applied immediately prior to a heavy rain or flash flooding, you run the risk of having any newly seeded areas washed away.
Considerably more water is needed to establish a hydroseeded lawn. If the weather is hot and dry after application, you may need to water several times a day for six to eight weeks. Sod is more forgiving, since you are not dealing with new seedlings that are prone to drying out.
Additionally, hydroseeding tends to make your lawn more susceptible to weed seeds, which can find their way onto the seeded area after application of the mixture. Since you should not be walking on the new lawn until approximately six to eight weeks after seeding, those weeds have ample time to establish themselves in your new lawn.
Sod is definitely the premium choice. And it can be cheaper than you think. Greenhorizons Sod Farms and OrderSodNow.com have made it easy to figure out exactly how much sod you need and how much it will cost (Greenhorizons' territories). Head to www.OrderSodNow and with our handy sod calculator you can calculate exactly how much sod you will need.
If you have any questions as to which is the best for you in your specific lawn care situation please contact us at Greenhorizons Sod Farms and we can go over your options. www.Greenhorizons.net