Advantages:

  • Immediate beauty of a complete and mature landscape
  • Erosion control
  • Lowest water needs of the three methods
  • Minimal weed and pest control
  • Can use lawn within one month
  • Highest seed quality
  • Most uniform coverage
  • Can install year around, as long as the ground is not frozen

Sodding

Hydro-seeding

Seeding

Disadvantages:

  • Highest up-front cost
  • Must start watering immediately, or risk of loosing investment of sod
  • Trucking costs

Advantages:

  • Low- to mid-level cost
  • Colored mulch camouflages soil appearance
  • Mulch reduces some erosion/runoff

Sodding vs. Other Methods

Advantages:

  • Lowest up-front cost of the three

Disadvantages:

  • Can only plant in spring and fall
  • Highest watering needs of the three-because bare soil dries quickly
  • Generally lower quality seed than in sod production
  • Multiple applications of chemicals required to control weeds and pests until established
  • Feeding birds, erosion/runoff, rodents can create spottiness
  • Bare ground
  • Long delay of use of lawn

Northern Hills Sod Farm, LLC

The decision to sod, seed, or hydro-seed is a difficult one to make.  Every one has its advantages and disadvantages.  Be sure to research each one to find the one that fits you the best.

Disadvantages:

  • Can only plant in spring and fall
  • Moderate to high water needs
  • Some erosion/runoff
  • Multiple applications of chemicals required to control weeds and pests until established
  • Generally lower quality seed than used in sod production
  • Long delay of use