Sod is a contained grass and soil held together by the grassroots system.
Sodding is like installing a new grass carpet.
If a lawn has too many bald spots or is overtaken by weeds, and if for any reason a nice new lawn is needed quickly, then sodding will be the right choice because in most properties, new sod can be installed in one or two days.
By following the nature life cycle of most grasses that go to seed during summer, and then germinates in the early fall, you will get the best most vigorous stands with the least competition from weeds and insect pest and avoid the chances of newly seeded grass from getting burnt in the hot summer months.
Seeding can be done in early Spring, but it is preferably in early Fall. For best results, we recommend that seeding be done following a de-thatching, slicing or aeration. By removing any accumulated thatch and with the loosening of soil that is the result of slicing and aeration, you get the most "seed to soil" contact which is crucial to seed germination.
For most lawns we use TALL FESCUE BLEND, this blend consists of improved tall fescue varieties that offer good resistance to brown patch and other turf diseases, plus faster recovery to damaged areas.
In shady areas like under trees we use a shady mix blend containing low light grasses.
Before we spread the seed, we use a machine to loosen the soil. More attention is paid to bald spots and areas where "existing lawn" growth is thin.
Following, we use a spreader to distribute grass seeds evenly. We pay close attention during this process to avoid getting seeds in ornamental areas (garden beds and patios). In addition, we hand-seed near the edges of planting beds to help create denser growth around the edges, so when it is mowed it will get a sharp manicured look.
To settling the sod/seed, we go over the sod or seeded area with a roller or a rake, this will help make seed to soil contact
To accelerate seed germination and root development, we recommend to spread starter fertilizer during the seeding process
To prevent birds from eating the seed and to promote moisture to aid the seed, we spread a layer of organic leafgro or straw for "newly seeded lawns"