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Sod or seed your Calgary lawn

Sod or seed your Calgary lawn

Having a beautiful looking look is very important when it comes to improving the look of your overall landscaping.  If you have a lawn in your front yard then no curb appeal project is complete unless you have a great looking lawn. Deciding whether you should sod or seed your Calgary lawn depends on a number of factors.  Some of these factors include:

Whats your budget?

Seed is by far the least expensive way to go when it comes to creating a new lawn.  The screened loam that is needed for sod is still required when you seed your lawn.  It is the seed itself where you will save money.  Seeding your lawn will cost you about a fifth of what it will cost you to sod your property.  So, if you are on a budget you will may want to seed your lawn instead of installing. If you are going to lay down seed then make sure you start with a great quality screened loam so you have a nutrient rich soil for your seed to get established in.

How quickly you want a new lawn?

If you want a new lawn and you want it now then installing new sod is the only way to go.  New sod goes in green and stays green as long as you keep it moist for several weeks.  New sod is cut from a local sod farm and is laid down in 2 foot wide strips.  If you are going to sod your property yourself then you will need to make sure you have a good quality loam installed.  Loam is soil that has been screened so it is not full of lumps, clay or silt.  The darker the loam the better quality it is.  Once the loam is down then you will want to roll it with a heavy roller and grade it before the sod is down.  Grading should including positive drainage away from your property.


Do you have the time to take care of the grass seed?

Seed will take much longer to get established and start growing.  Growing seed means you need to be very diligent about watering.  You cannot allow the small grass seeds to dry out.  Sod has a thick rootball so it retains moisture for longer and will not dry out as quickly.  Grass seeds are very delicate and they require gentle watering. Gentle watering takes time and care so if you are short on time then grass seed is not the way to go.  If you want a low maintenance landscape then sod is a much better choice than seed.

Sod is tougher than new grass seed.

Calgary can have harsh conditions even in spring and summer so to sod your seed your lawn in Calgary means you need to be aware of the climate.  Sod is laid down in heavy two foot wide roles so it stays put and even heavy rains or winds will not affect it.  Grass seed is very light and fragile.  Being fragile means grass seed can blow away or wash away in heavy rainstorms or even during heavy hand watering.  You will likely need to add more and more seed in areas of your lawn where seed has washed or blown away.  So again, if you are short on time then seed is not the way to go.  Sod is a better option and will require much less maintenance and repair.

Knowing whether to Sod or seed your Calgary lawn depends greatly on the amount of time and money you have.  There is no question that sod is the best option overall when it comes to creating a new lawn.  It comes in and stays green and only requires a once daily watering.  Seed on the other hand takes weeks and weeks to germinate and turn into a lush thick and healthy lawn.  If you have the budget then sodding your lawn is the best choice.  Regardless of what you choose to do, make sure you find a good quality sod or seed that is a mix of kentucky bluegrass and creeping red fescue.  Kentucky bluegrass sod is the best way to go if you want a lush blue green lawn


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