So, you’ve got a new yard that needs a bit of groundcover. You’ve got the choice between laying sod or dispersing grass seed, but which one is better? Although there are benefits that come with either option, each unique to your home and individual needs, there are a few clear advantages to sodding that seed dispersal simply cannot offer. From protection against erosion to significantly less demanding maintenance efforts, sodding your yard can provide your home a more aesthetically pleasing lawn.


Sod, unlike AstroTurf, is a natural alternative to dispersing grass seeds throughout your yard. It still maintains the benefits of having naturally grown grass while demanding significantly less time from you in installation and maintenance. Essentially, sod is a living carpet of grass. The grass and soil are held together, either by the root system or biodegradable material. Sod is typically available in the form of a square or rectangular cut that have been harvested between 10-18 months after planting. Many different types of grass are grown for the production of sod, some of them unique to certain regions of the country. For example, Bermuda grass, a highly adaptable, low maintenance species, is quite popular in the Southeastern US. Bella Bluegrass, on the other hand, is a drought-resistant variant that can thrive in even poor soil conditions of the Southwestern US.


Perhaps the most obvious advantage of installing sod versus dispersing grass seed throughout your yard is the immediate result. Instead of having to wait several weeks for your lawn to fully grow in, installing sod turns a bare patch of dirt into a luxuriously green piece of land in an instant.

After installation, sod is also significantly less demanding than grass grown straight from seed. Because of its structural composition – primarily because the grass is fully matured at installation – sod offers greater protection to your yard against soil erosion. It is capable of greater absorption, eliminating the risk of excess mud and flooding when it rains. Regarding its ability to hold moisture, sod is also less demanding for homeowners, only requiring water about twice daily instead of four times in the case of dispersed seeds.

Laying sod is also a great way to reduce heat around your home. As temperatures gradually rise, asphalt, exposed soil, AstroTurf, and concrete are highly likely to emanate copious amounts of heat. Sod, on the other hand, combats this by absorbing that heat and improving the reduction of heat throughout your home landscape. This is accomplished by the natural process of taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, helping to cool the surrounding air.

If you’ve just moved into a new home or are ready to make a change in your landscape, sod installation offers more immediate advantages than you would experience with dispersing grass seed. The experts of Oak Hill Lawn Services will ensure that your sod is installed correctly, ready to improve the wellbeing of your yard for years to come. Contact us today to turn your boring dirt plot into a luxurious field of grass in an instant.