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Old 02-26-08, 12:04 PM
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Seed it or sod it?

I have a 1000-sq-ft townhouse with very miniscule lawn in front and back. The back yard is mostly taken up with a concrete patio and a shed, so I have perhaps 6 x 15 feet of actual grass.

The front yard I have perhaps 12 x 15 feet of grass, most of which is absent because (a) my predecessors' children trampled it down to nothing and (b) I haven't been so good about raking. In fact, I'm going to have to rake now before I can do anything else with this lawn, whatever I decide to do.

If you were me, would you grass seed the lawn or buy sods? I have someone else mow, so I'm mainly just concerned with how it looks.

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Old 02-26-08, 12:15 PM
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How (im)patient are you? Sod looks fuller faster. Sod is more costly. Seed can easily be a DIY project. Both will require lots of watering at the outset. Might there be water shortage woes where you live?
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Old 02-26-08, 12:20 PM
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Aerate it, seed it and water it. It will save you some cash and will only take a few weeks to grow in.
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Old 02-26-08, 12:26 PM
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In all seriousness I would get this

http://www.easyturf.com/

I am thinking about it for my back yard. Aside from the initial cost, no watering, mowing, fertilizing, weed killers etc. The size of that area is probably more trouble than growing grass would be worth.

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Old 02-26-08, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian Shannon
In all seriousness I would get this

http://www.easyturf.com/

I am thinking about it for my back yard. Aside from the initial cost, no watering, mowing, fertilizing, weed killers etc.
Don't you have to vacuum it now and then?

I don't know what the cost difference is, but I was always amazed with sod.

Kneel before Sod.

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Old 02-26-08, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian Shannon
In all seriousness I would get this

http://www.easyturf.com/

I am thinking about it for my back yard. Aside from the initial cost, no watering, mowing, fertilizing, weed killers etc.
Cleaning up after pets would be a huge pain, I would imagine.
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That easy turf is interesting stuff. It says it's fine for dog waste, probably just scoop it up and then let the rain or a hose clean it off.

I remember the thread someone had about the indoor playroom flooring, I bet it would be cool indoors in a room like that.

Maybe in a basement bar/rec room for watching football
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If money isn't a concern, sod it.
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Old 02-26-08, 01:48 PM
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I will agree with what has been said.

Sod is the more expensive, instant gratification method.

Seed is cheaper, but will take some time to fill in. Just make sure you get a decent seed, and avoid "contractor's mix" or anything with tall fescue. You could go a middle ground and hydro-seed, which is faster than grass, but cheaper than sod.

Whichever method you choose will require watering for a while. Perhaps you could install a sprinkler system since your yard is already torn up.
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Old 02-26-08, 01:52 PM
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I'm getting ready to sod my back yard, it has lots of shade. I have always heard St. Augustine is the best for shady areas, is that true?
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sod its not that much more and its instant results
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Old 02-26-08, 03:20 PM
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sod its not that much more and its instant results

Not that much more than $50? The prices of sod must be cheap around you!


"Generally speaking, seed will cost about $20 per 1,000 square feet and sod will cost about 35 cents for just one square foot," says Stephen Knutson, vice president of Stover Seed Company in Los Angeles. Do the math and that five-pound bag of seed translates into savings of more than $300.
http://finance.move.com/HomeGarden/G...?poe=homestore
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It's usualy $2.25 per roll. a roll is 10 sqft. I am also assuming she lays it down herself. Its not that hard, but the trick is to have a good base. If there is not a good base then she should roto till the yard first.. or use a sod cutter to tear up the old.

I can tell you that by the time you go through trying to plant grass seed and waiting 2 years for results and reapplying 3 times during that period it will not be that much more then sod. Seed may appear cheaper in terms of one application, but seed never takes on just one application. You usuall yhave to apply it multiple time to get the fullness of sod.

This guy around me seeded his yard and it took hime 3 years with shitty results. Hefinally tore that up and planted sod. he should of just done it from day one.
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Old 02-26-08, 03:33 PM
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I actually sell sod for a living. I would personally go with that over seed or synthetic turf. I can't imagine sod costs any more there than it does here, and your area is pretty small. You should be able to get what you need (roughly 270 sq. ft.) for 100 bucks or less-plus a bit more if you need it delivered.

Seed is fine, too, and it will be a lot cheaper, but considering how small your area is, I think it would be worth the extra money to install the sod and be done with it. Also, like the poster above stated, results can vary a bit per application. You can obviously just keep applying more seed where necessary, but that gets to be a pain in the ass to some people.

The synthetic stuff can be nice, but it is very expensive and it isn't as simple as just putting it down on your existing surface-not if you want it done the right way. It definitely is not very "DIY-friendly", as you need to know what you are doing more so than with sod, and you will also have to fork out more money on seam tape, adhesive, etc. You will also have other issues, such as pet clean-up and the fact that it gets very hot. If you plan on walking around or lying on it, it could be an issue.

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Whenever I face a decision, I usually choose "sod it!"
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I'd go with sod since you're likely to end up paying like $5 more for it.
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Sod...With that small of a space sod makes the most sense.
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My elderly father was into this back in the 70's. I have even seen people stealing plugs of it recently. I wonder if I could shoot them and get away with it? Look to be realestate type people. But dogs do seem to attracted to it for Pooing.
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I'm interested in this, as I am about to make the same decision. About half of my yard is decent, the other half is in fairly bad shape.

Also, the previous owner apparently decided to mow one way, and one way only. This resulted in fairly deep ruts through part of my yard. Is there any way to fix this, other than tilling it even and putting in new grass? I do plan on aerating my yard, at least the portion that's in decent shape.
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Old 02-26-08, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by mndtrp
I'm interested in this, as I am about to make the same decision. About half of my yard is decent, the other half is in fairly bad shape.

Also, the previous owner apparently decided to mow one way, and one way only. This resulted in fairly deep ruts through part of my yard. Is there any way to fix this, other than tilling it even and putting in new grass? I do plan on aerating my yard, at least the portion that's in decent shape.
Ruts from what? The mower wheels?
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Ruts from what? The mower wheels?
Yep. It's mostly along the edges of the lawn, but they are at least an inch or so deep.
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Old 02-27-08, 12:18 AM
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How many square feet are we talking here? I would be real hesitant to replace the whole thing over an inch or so difference unless it is a real small area.
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Old 02-27-08, 12:21 AM
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Sod costs more, and is much more labor, But Seeds is kind of hit and miss, and it takes a long ass time to have a nice lawn.
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Yep. It's mostly along the edges of the lawn, but they are at least an inch or so deep.
Thats easily fixed. In the spring just put dirt in the ruts and throw some seed over it. The seed will grow and some of the grass from under it will grow as well.
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Thats easily fixed. In the spring just put dirt in the ruts and throw some seed over it. The seed will grow and some of the grass from under it will grow as well.
Cool. I was going to try that, good to hear that's the way to go. I don't mind much about taking the time to seed the other crappy parts of my lawn. I've got time, and it's only in my backyard.
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