Rejuvenating your landscape is a bigger undertaking to take initially compared with re-seeding your lawn. Many homeowners, however, decide that sod is their best option for establishing a beautiful lawn as quickly as possible. Here are four benefits of sod installation in Plainfield, IL.
When Sod Is Needed
You may need to have sod installed while in the process of having a new home built or if you have just had major landscaping done and a new lawn is needed. If you have an existing lawn that is more than 50 percent weeds or full of undesirable grasses, or if it has weak or patchy areas where grass is clearly struggling, you may find it will be more efficient to start over fresh with new grass rather than waiting for seeds to take hold.
Sod is mature grass and a soil layer that is held together by netting. It is sold in rolls that are unrolled on-site for an “instant” lawn. For that reason, the biggest advantage of a sod lawn is how quickly you get to enjoy it: Its beauty is immediate, and it can stand up to normal traffic within two weeks. A couple of weeks later, it will be ready for more rigorous fun and games. You don’t have to avoid the area for months while delicate grass seedlings are taking root. In fact, a seeded lawn can take up to 18 months to mature—and in the meantime, the soil is extremely vulnerable to erosion from rain, wind, and foot traffic. Conversely, sod begins controlling erosion immediately.
Seeding can result in bare spots and it can be an ongoing battle trying to get seeds established in these bare spots. Because sod is so dense, it discourages weeds from becoming established and it actually keeps your home cleaner, as dirt and dust get trapped in the soil and are less likely to make it to the front door. By contrast, newly seeded lawns have to compete with weeds—and weeds tend to be faster-growing and hardier.
Less Watering Required
While newly planted sod requires twice-daily watering for the first few weeks, once it is established, you can reduce watering depending on the weather and situation. By contrast, seeded lawns require as many as four waterings every day, to ensure that the ground remains moist enough for seeds to germinate and fragile seedlings to establish a deep root system.
With sod, you have flexibility of installation. You can have sod installed anytime during the growing season. It is ill advised to have it done during scorching mid-summer days, however, when the sod will require more significant amounts of water to get established.
Ultimately, homeowners opt for sod because of its immediacy. The grasses available in your area are suitable for the Illinois climate, so you get top-performing grasses that will thrive.
Professional sod installers do much more than roll out the sod. Since the growing conditions at your home could be quite different than at the sod farm, soil preparation is important. They also prepare the soil—testing it for pH and organic matter, and they will amend the soil if necessary to improve your soil’s ability to support a lush lawn after your sod installation.