In New Jersey, Fall is the best time to plant cool season grass seed. The key to a successful lawn seeding project is to get the grass well established before the hot temperatures and dry weather conditions of the next Summer.  Starting a lawn from seed has its own distinct set of considerations:

Advantages of grass seed

  • Lower initial cost. The cost of premium grass seed is much less when compared to the cost of sod for the same size lawn.
  • Expanded grass choices. Seed is available in more varieties and blends than sod.  These allows for greater flexibility in choosing grass varieties to match your growing conditions.
  • Established in place. With seed, your grasses continue to grow in the same place where they germinate and root. Grasses can grow deep and healthy root systems, undisturbed.

Disadvantages of grass seed

  • Limited seeding times.  The ideal time of year for seeding is limited to late summer and early Fall.
  • Gradual initial establishment.  It takes 10 to 12 weeks (2 – 3 months) for a lawn to flourish from seeding at which time it is only ready for very light foot traffic.
  • Longer process.  A fully established, mature lawn can take 1 or 2 years.
  • Greater initial maintenance.  During seed establishment, seeds must be kept constantly wet, requiring multiple waterings daily.
  • Erosion potential.  Until roots are established, seed and soil can wash away.
  • Greater weed potential.  Seeded areas are prone to weeds invasions.

At All Seasons Lawn Care we want you to enjoy the benefits of a lush and lovely lawn and welcome the opportunity to help you determine if your lawn is a better candidate for seeding or sodding.  Give us a call today for a free consultation and estimate.

With years of experience in lawn care in and around Bergen County, NJ, our experts can guide the way to a green and healthy lawn.  You won’t be disappointed.

Advantages of Sod

  • Instant results. Newly installed sod offers immediate gratification.
  • Fast establishment.  Handled and installed properly, new sod generally takes just two to three weeks to root well and become established.
  • Immediate erosion control.  Sod works as a blanket to help hold soil in place.
  • Flexibility in timing.  Sod can be installed anytime in the growing season, except during times of very high heat.
  • Limited weeds.  Quality, state-certified sod has few or no weeds.

Disadvantages of sod

  • High initial cost.  Initial cost is higher for sod than for seeding.
  • High water use.  Initial use of water for the first few weeks is high.

Acquiring and maintaining a beautiful lawn can be tricky business:  There are lots of questions, and the answers can sometimes be elusive.  Many times there is no right or wrong — it’s just a matter of deciding what works best for you.  The choice between installing sod or growing grass from seed is just such a question.

When faced with an existing lawn, your first decision is whether to work with what’s there or start over.  As a general rule, if your lawn has less than 40 percent weeds, improving what you have is a viable option. It takes diligence; but aerating, overseeding, and eliminating the weeds from existing grass can turn marginal lawns around.  If your lawn has more than 40 to 50 percent weeds or numerous areas of dead or struggling grass, it’s best to start from scratch.

When establishing a new lawn, a common question homeowners asked is, “Should I seed or sod?” The answer to this question is different for everyone depending on the area or lawn in question, as well as how much time and money you want to invest.

Look to our next post that lists some of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.