Whether you have just moved into a brand new home with no grass or you just want to start from scratch, you want lush green grass and you want it fast. When it comes to establishing a new lawn, you have three choices: grass seed, sod, or hydroseeding. Traditional grass seeding is by far the slowest and least reliable method of growing a new lawn, but it’s also the cheapest. Sod is the quickest method of installing a new lawn, but it’s very labor-intensive, requiring a lot of maintenance to get it established. Hydroseeding is right in the middle, combining low costs with rapid results. But, if you are still on the fence about it, read on and see how each method stands up in each category.
Hydroseeding is a fast and inexpensive lawn service that lets you have that perfect, lush lawn in a short amount of time. This technique must be performed by a lawn care professional with special equipment that delivers a liquid mixture of grass seed, fertilizer, and water under high-pressure to the top of your soil to promote rapid growth. Hydroseeding is not as popular as seeding or sod but it comes with many benefits that should make it your go-to choice when establishing a new yard.
Let’s state the obvious; throwing grass seed the old fashioned way and covering it with straw can be a pain in the neck. Unless your straw is constantly wet, wind can blow your seeds around making it grow uneven with bald spots here and there. Not to mention the birds and ants that love to feed on them.
With sod installation, it’s a guessing game whether every piece will take hold and survive. Even if one piece dies it makes an unsightly eyesore in your yard.
The winner in efficiency is hydroseeding. Grass seeds are dispersed evenly across your yard with a slurry of water, fertilizer, and mulch. This prevents it from being blown away by the wind while also fertilizing the new seeds. The result is a lush, green, evenly grown lawn.
How fast do you want your new lawn to grow in? Traditional grass seed can take several months to completely fill in. If you have a lot of patience and are in no rush to enjoy the grass under your bare feet, then this might be the best option for you.
Hydroseed comes in second with a mowable lawn in as little as 4-6 weeks.
The winner in this category is sod! Obviously, lying down chunks of already grown grass instantly creates a new lawn. However, sod requires a ton of watering and constant attention to ensure each piece establishes itself and there is no guarantee that it will.
Sod comes in third in this category since you can’t really design your mixture of grass seeds and are at the mercy of the sod farm to determine what type of grass you get.
With grass seed, you can combine warm and cool-season grasses to create a more durable lawn but again, the slow growth rate holds grass seed back in this category.
Hydroseeding wins this category only because you can blend multiple seed types into the slurry tank along with fertilizer and mulch
Price is probably the most important factor when installing a new yard. Let’s see how the contenders stack up:
Sod may be the quickest way to establish new grass, but it’s also the most expensive.
Hydroseeding is the only method that requires a lawn care professional. This makes it more expensive than seed but not as expensive as sod.
Grass seed wins this category. It’s as easy as driving up to the hardware store and dropping $20 on a bag of grass seed. Establishing a new lawn doesn’t get much cheaper than that.
Hydroseeding! With this method, you get a quality lawn in the fraction of the time as traditional seeding. You also get it at a lower cost than sod installation. At Colonel Landscaping, we provide customizable hydroseeding options to make establishing a new lawn easy.
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