Which is better turf or seed?
This is the most important decision. Many factors will impact your decision. They are listed below. You can then decide which one you like best.
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There are two main ways to start a lawn. You can either use seed or turf. Each option has its positive and negative sides, so make sure to take these points into consideration before you make your final decision.
Turf vs Seed
Although grass seed is not always better than turf, it does make a higher quality lawn. Although the quality of the grass can be identical, grass seed offers a wider variety of options that will allow you to choose the best type of grass for you.
Seed sheets can be used as an alternative method of seeding. Although they are not cheap and require careful installation, they work well once you have them. These are worth considering for steep slopes, where seeds might wash away.
You can also hire Professional Lawn Sevices for your lawn care and leveling.
Advantages of Grass-Seed
- The most cost-effective option is lawn turf which costs less than a tenth of its price.
- It is ideal for small repairs or areas that are not too large.
- There are many lawn types to choose from, including ornamental and play lawns as well as drought-tolerant and shady lawns.
- In difficult situations, such as. Shade or heavy soil
- It is very easy to spread lawn seeds by hand or using a spreader
- It can be sown in a fraction of the time as turf, whereas it takes ten times.
- It is easy to store and lightweight to transport
- It will last for many years.
- The preparation is the same for turf.
- You can usually get the exact same or very similar lawn seeds for repairs many years later
Disadvantages of Grass Seed
- It's not instant; it takes several months to establish.
- Heavy rains will wash the seeds off the slopes
- Can be vulnerable to being attacked by birds
- More aftercare is required for the first three months than turf
Lawn Turf’s Advantages
- It is a visual lawn that you can use in an instant and it can be used (gently), within one month.
- This is great, but it takes a lot of time and is best for small repairs.
- It won't wash away from slopes when it rains heavily like grass seed
- After sowing seeds, less watering is needed than for seed. However, this still requires some thought.
- Preparation is exactly the same for seed
- Turf-laying can be done any time of the year, but it is best to do it in winter!
- Costs can be high for large areas
- Only a small selection is available
- Can't acclimatize well to wet and shade areas
- Delivery must be done as soon as possible.
All things being equal, I would turf small areas and slopes that are within my budget. I would seed for larger areas, difficult areas like shade, or areas that require a specific type of grass. Both require about a year to fully mature and be strong enough to be used for serious purposes.