SEEDING AND SOD


There is a common misconception that seeding is the best way to establish a lawn because it is much less expensive than sodding. In realty, sodding turns out to be less expensive over time once costs such as increased maintenance inputs and repair are accounted for.

Below is a chart of pro's and con's you can use to make your decision.  No matter which way you go we always start with a good topsoil base to ensure optimal growth.

Seeding

Sod

Planting

Seed must be planted at the beginning of the growing season, and will need to be covered with straw or netting to protect seed from washing away or being eaten by birds. Watering will need to occur lightly but frequently for two to four weeks to keep the soil most, but prevent the seed from washing away. Sod can be planted almost anytime through spring and fall.  It does need to be layed as soon as it arrives. Sod can be used practically anywhere and can be used to stop soil erosion and water pollution.

Coverage

Seed can take weeks to grow, and even then only a portion of the seed planted will germinate. A large percentage of the seed will fail to germinate due to poor stands, erosion, bird consumption, and a variety of other reasons. Because sod is grown by professionals, and thick and lush lawn can be established in merely a few hours.

Grass Variety

A variety of seeds are often available from your local home or garden center. Furthermore, you can create your own seed blend from the available selection to best suit your growing condition. You will be limited to the sod from your local farm which is Kentucky Bluegrass

Weeds

The germination time required for seed also gives ample opportunity for weed growth. Sod is professionally grown and is less inclined to allow weed growth.

Expense

If optimal conditions exist, the upfront costs of establishing a lawn by seed are much less than sod. The initial cost of establishing a lawn by sod are relatively expensive, but the rewards are immediate and the maintenance is much less involved than seeding.

Maintenance

A newly seeding lawn will require several weeks of watering, and more than likely, several growing seasons of overseeding and fertilization to become thick and lush. After the sod is installed, it will require a few weeks of watering and regular fertilization to maintain your green lawn.

Usability

Seeded lawns require as long as 2 years to become fully mature and established Sodded lawns can usually withstand traffic within 2 weeks of installation, depending on local conditions.

With today's ecological concerns, many more people are considering sod for its environmental benefits. Sod cools and cleans the atmosphere by reflecting the sun's heat and absorbing noises, carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants. It releases valuable oxygen and moisture into the air we breath. As it grows, sod silently contributes to a healthier environment.  Sod can also increase your property value significantly.

Landscaping was the final stage of a two-year renovation to turn our summer cottage into a year-round home. Meristemdesigns provided us with the plans that would turn the mess resulting from the installation of a new septic system into a beautiful low-maintenance garden.    We needed a landscaping contractor that would bring our plan to life.Valley Landscaping & Excavating were able to do just that. Our project was a big one – retaining walls were needed to contain the new septic system. Pathways, around two sides of the house and from the driveway to a side entrance had to be installed. New gravel for the driveway was required. 
 
Over the two years of our renovations, delays by various contractors without much communication were very frustrating to us. Alex knew that and was very sensitive to the importance of keeping us informed, making sure that we knew when he was going to be on-site and keeping us up-to-date on the timing of the various stages. His expertise ensured that we chose the best material for the pathways that would properly integrate with our natural surroundings. He anticipated our desire to self install an underground sprinkler system so that could be accomplished in time for the delivery of fill. Alex made sure that our project was completed in time for a large open house we had planned and this was especially appreciated (even if the rainy weather that day was not!). The site was left clean and his employees were polite and considerate at all times.
 
It is our pleasure to recommend Valley Landscaping & Excavating for any project. The result has been amazing and we have received many compliments about our home and his work.
 
L.W Calabogie, ON