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Planting Season
When adding seed to your lawn, the best time of year is during the cooler fall months. The warm days and cool nights help the grass grow quickly, putting down roots that will help it come up stronger in the spring. Keep in mind that it will be several weeks at least before you see the grass begin to grow and around two years before you will see the final results of a fully mature lawn.
For homeowners wishing to get an instant lawn, sod is the better choice. Sod can be laid in the spring or fall, but should not be laid in the winter months. It will take the sod roughly two weeks to put down shallow roots after it is laid; it is best not to walk on the sod during this period of time. Over the next 30 days, the sod will put down deeper roots, establishing itself in your lawn.

Why is sod called SOD?
Sod or turf is grass and the part of the soil beneath it held together by its roots or another piece of thin material. In British English, such material is more usually known as turf, and the word "sod" is limited mainly to agricultural senses.

Is sod real grass?

Basically, sod is grass that has already been planted. Also referred to as turf grass, sod is sold in sections that are grass and soil held together by roots or other materials. This type of lawn is preferred by golfers, because it is lusher and grows more evenly. It is often longer than other types of grass as well.


  • Produces an instant lawn
  • Best laid in fall or spring
  • Can be used to stop soil erosion
  • Cheaper soil preparation


  • Expensive
  • Moderate installation
  • Expensive material with less variety
  • Requires moderate soil preparation
  • Can be high maintenance for two weeks

When you want to improve your landscaping and increase the amount of grass you have on your property, you typically have two options – add some grass seed or put down sod. Grass seed comes in a variety of different types and allows you to fill in thin areas or grow an entire lawn over the course of about two years. Sod gives you an instant lawn without any of the waiting involved with seeds. Both will eventually produce a lush, green lawn when well cared for, but they do have several differences. Below, we’ll explain these differences to help you make a more informed decision for your property.


  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install
  • Lot of variety


  • Takes up to 2 years to produce a lawn
  • Best laid in fall
  • High maintenance (first months)
  • Cannot be used to stop soil erosion
  • Weeds may mix in with the grass


What type of grass is sod?
Most northern lawns are a combination of fescues, Kentucky bluegrass, and ryegrass. When mixed correctly, these grasses can form a dense, lush turf that provides a deep-green color that's easy on the eyes yet durable enough to be easy on the upkeep as well.