Which is Better: Sod or Grass Seed?

We break down why you should choose to install sod over grass seed for your property.

  • Sod can be installed year-round, even on frozen ground. Although seeding is possible in the spring and fall, it should never be done in the summer
  • Compared to seeding or hydroseeding, sod requires the least amount of water.
  • Typically, the quality of seed used to grow sod is far superior to that found in retail seed.
  • Weed control is minimal as sod is not subject to the weed invasions new seedings must battle.
  • Coverage using seed can be spotty due to seed varieties, washouts, traffic, feeding birds and rodents, as well as other factors—uniformity of coverage using mature sod would be 100%.
  • Sod is capable of handling heavy rains without damage—seed has little protection and can easily wash away.
  • When seeding is complete, the area can appear rough with open soil—sod provides the immediate beauty of a mature landscape.
  • Traffic should be kept at a minimum on the newly sodded area for 2-3 weeks—seeded areas require low traffic for 6-8 months.
  • Although seeding is initially cheaper, the cost of sodding is quickly offset by the reduced maintenance, visual appeal as well as smaller water and overseeding costs. It can also be enjoyed much sooner.
The Advantages to Installing Sod
  • Increased Curb Appeal

    Well-maintained lawns can increase the value of your property by 15 – 20%.

  • Greater Oxygen Production

    Just 55 square feet of sod can provide enough oxygen for one person for an entire day.

  • Cooling Effects

    Sod is a natural air conditioner. On a hot summer day, you’ll feel much more comfortable standing on sod than on scorching pavement.

  • Water Conservation

    You’ll use less water to establish a newly sodded area compared to a newly seeded area.

  • Erosion Protection

    Sod protects your property’s soil from erosion caused by wind and water.

Trust the Experts

What’s more appealing than looking at the healthy green grass on your lawn? Contact Brayford Sod Farms to purchase high-quality sod. We’re happy to serve clients across Ontario.