Landscape design is an important part of your home's appeal and value. Unfortunately, without a healthy lawn, your landscape design will suffer. Of course, planting grass and maintaining the lawn once established can be overwhelming. Therefore, many people choose to install sod grass. If you are considering sod or already have a sod lawn, here are a few misconceptions you need to understand.
Sod Is Too Expensive
One of the most common myths people believe about sod is that it is too expensive. While it does cost more initially, especially when compared to buying grass seed, sod is a much better investment in the long term.
When you plant grass seed, you will have to purchase the seed and spend a good amount of time and money watering your lawn over the years. Also, the seed does not always implement thoroughly, so you may need to reseed again and again until you are able to establish the lawn you desire. This can increase costs dramatically.
With sod, you plant the sod and maintain it, but constantly reseeding is usually not necessary. All in all, you may pay more initially for the sod installation, but it is best for a long-term investment.
Sod Does Not Have to Be Watered
Unfortunately, many people believe the misconception that sod does not have to be watered. Or, they may think sod is not actually grass but a synthetic type of turf. These are definite myths. Again, your lawn requires water — no matter if you are planting grass seed or installing sod.
You do not have to spend a large amount of time or money watering your sod. When it is first planted, be sure to water it thoroughly, though, to ensure the sod's roots implement into the soil.
Also, choosing the right type of sod grass is also important if you are concerned with how much watering will be required. If you live in a warmer climate and your lawn receives full sun, a warm-season grass, such as Bermuda may be best. If you have a lot of shade and live in a cooler region, opt for a cool-season sod, such as fescue grass.
Sod Harms the Environment
Another misconception is that planting sod is harmful to the environment. Again, this is not true. Sod is grass, so it is natural. There are no chemicals or toxic chemicals in the sod, so you do not need to worry about it affecting the soil and your local environment.
Consider working with your local nursery or a local installer like Midwest Turf to ensure you are purchasing sod local to your specific area.