When you’re faced with a lawn that needs to be revitalized, there are a couple of options to consider—laying down sod or adding grass seed. Grass seed is available in many different types and helps with adding more grass to areas that have thinned out or grow a new lawn in a few years, while sod is an option that creates an instantly green lawn.

Both options have their pros and cons. If you’re looking to repair your lawn at your residential or commercial property located in Buffalo, Lancaster, East Amherst, and the surrounding New York communities, here are some factors to look at when you’re considering sod vs. seeding.


Soil Preparation Is Key for Both Sod & Grass Seed

Unrolling sod in a Buffalo yard with soil that's been properly prepared.

No matter which option you choose, both need healthy soil in order to grow to their best health conditions. If soil isn’t up to par, the grass growth will suffer. At Buffalo Lawn & Landscape, we can send out our professionals who are trained to assess soil quality and conditions. They can recommend the best ways to get your soil balanced before seed or sod is put down.


Pros of Sod Include Instantly Green Lawn, Erosion Control, Quick Turnaround Time, & More

When sod is installed at your property, you end up with a lawn that instantly looks green. It establishes itself quickly and can begin to control any soil erosion issues that you may have. Sod is also already grown to be strong, so it can fight off weed growth and help prevent those from taking over your lawn.

Once the sod is established, generally within 2-3 weeks, it can handle regular lawn traffic and be ready to go.


Sod Costs More Than Seed, Requires More Labor, & Has Short Planting Window

While sod does create an instantly gorgeous lawn, there are some cons to choosing sod over grass seed. Sod does cost more than seed. If it’s not installed correctly, you could end up losing your investment as the grass may not root correctly. This reason is why it’s best to hire professionals to install it, which can cost more in labor.

Sod also needs to be planted soon after it is harvested, giving you and the professionals you hire a short time in which to plant it.


Advantages of Grass Seed Include Lower Cost, Less Labor, More Variety, & More

This grass in East Amherst is growing from grass seeds.

If budget is your main concern, then putting down grass seed might be your best option. It also doesn’t require as much labor, so lawn care professionals can seed a lawn more quickly than sod. There are also more seed varieties than sod, which gives you more of a choice when deciding on the type of grass you want in your lawn. Grass seed will also grow in place and establish strong, healthy root systems.


Grass Seed Takes Longer to Grow, Can Erode, & Can Only Be Spread During Certain Times

To get a lush, green lawn from grass seed can take a long time. It also takes longer for the seed to establish, meaning there will be several weeks where traffic on your lawn should be very limited. Due to the fact that it takes longer for grass seed to establish, it can also erode and wash away in a rainstorm.

Grass seed can also only be spread at certain times throughout the year. Putting down seed when it’s too hot isn’t good for the seeds and new growth. Like sod, it requires watering on a daily basis.


Trying to decide between sod and seeding? Buffalo Lawn & Landscape can help.

At Buffalo Lawn & Landscape, we lay down sod and put down grass seed all over the area that includes Buffalo, Lancaster, and East Amherst. We have over 30 years of experience with lawn care and maintenance and can help you establish the best action plan for your residential or commercial property. Give us a call at (716) 961-9431 to set up a consultation today.