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Should I lay sod or just spread some grass seed?

In some respects, Wheaton and Glen Ellyn are no different than most suburbs. That means…you can be judged on the condition of your lawn. So when something happens that kills most of your lawn, or you move into new construction or buy a house with a terrible lawn; it is time to answer the ultimate question. Sod or seed?

How much more does sod cost than seed?

The first consideration is normally the cost of sod vs. the cost of grass seed and blanket. Now prices can vary. Sometimes there is more preparation to your soil or existing lawn before you lay sod or spread seed, sometimes you have to bring in more dirt for seed, and a few more variables, so let’s talk in general. In general, laying sod will cost about twice as much as spreading grass seed and blankets. 

If you have a big lawn to cover, sod just might not be in the budget. But don’t let that kill your dream. Since sod installation and grass seed and blankets are some of our many landscaping services, we have a few tricks. So if you want the beautiful lawn, but don’t want to shell out the extra money, why not sod the front and seed the back? Front yards tend to be a lot smaller than backyards in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn. As a result, it might not cost that much more to sod the front yards and seed the backyard. 

How long before we can use a new sod lawn vs a freshly seeded lawn?

Let’s face it, a big part of the decision of seed vs sod is how quickly can the kids play on it? Both seed and sod can take a while before they are fully ready to host a touch football game. The experts tend to say a full year is required for either a new seed or sod lawn to be fully established. But what about reality? You can start walking on a sodded yard in about two-four weeks. We normally suggest waiting a month. Whereas with grass seed you will most likely have to wait 2-3 months. At the end of the day if you lay new sod in the Spring or Summer you can expect to be able to use it lightly before the end of the year. For seed, unless you plant your lawn in the early spring, you might have to wait until next year.