Should you grow your grass from sod, or seed?

Ever since grass sod was introduced to the market, homeowners have struggled to decide what the best option is for their lawns. Grass sod and seeds both have their pros and cons, but ultimately the decision cannot be made without taking a close look at your yard and the time you have to devote to it. While the initial planting and growth period is very different between these two types of grass, you’ll still need to be adamant about caring for your lawn.

Here is some information about both grass sod and seeds, as well as the questions you need to ask yourself before making a decision:

The pros and cons of grass sod

Grass sod is an extremely easy way to plant grass in your lawn. Not only is there no waiting period for a lawn full of green grass, but the planting process is much easier than attempting to plant traditional seeds. If you don’t have the time that’s required to prepare your lawn, plant seeds, and care for them meticulously until they’ve started to grow, you should definitely consider grass sod.

Certain varieties of grass, such as several types of zoysia grass, can only be purchased in sod form. Many of these varieties are harvested in tropical areas, and while they will survive just fine in your yard it would be impossible for an American homeowner to grow them from seeds. If you’re really set on one of these types of grass, sod will be your only option.

Unfortunately, grass sod is considerably higher in price than seeds. Many homeowners do not consider the reduced amount of yard work as being worth this great difference in price. Carefully take a look at your budget and decide if the extra expenses that are associated with grass sod are worth it to you.

The pros and cons of grass seed

Grass seed is surely the traditional choice, and many homeowners have continued to plant grass seeds despite the availability of sod. Not only are grass seeds cheaper, but there is an astonishing variety of seeds and seed blends available – ensuring that you can pick the exact type of grass that you want in your lawn.

Planting grass seed requires a little bit more work than sod, but it is easy enough that any homeowner can do it. Just prepare your soil, spread the seeds, cover them with straw and keep the soil moist until most of the seeds have sprouted. After that, you can return to your normal lawn care practices.

Take you time to consider which type of grass is best for your lawn. If you have the extra time to devote and are hoping to save money, seeds are probably best for you. But for a low-maintenance lawn that requires no waiting period, you can’t go wrong with sod.

No matter which type of grass you select, you should always remember to follow the best lawn care practices to ensure that the money you spent on planting grass does not go to waste.

If you are unsure about the best lawn maintenance practices for your yard, get in touch with a professional lawn care company. They will be able to tell you all about the type of treatments and care practices that your lawn will respond best to, as well as recommend specific products and timing. If you’re still uncertain about your ability to keep your lawn healthy after this assessment, inquire about pricing and the services that can be performed for you by this company. Grass sod and seed both deserve the best care possible, so don’t cut corners when it comes to your yard.


TruGreen will gladly visit your property as often as needed between scheduled visits to make any necessary adjustments and to ensure your satisfaction.

Getting Started with TruGreen

1. Call or fill out the form above to reach a lawn care specialist.

2. Know the square footage of your yard, as well as any specific areas of concern.

3. With the help of your specialist, create a customized lawn care plan that meets your lawn's needs.

4. Schedule your Healthy Lawn Analysis to start your service.