Guest post from Suzanne @ Inspire; to breathe
Oh yards! Trees, grass, and flowers: so many opportunities for beauty, and so many opportunities for…disaster. I have been reading Suzanne’s blog, Inspire; to breathe for a while now and have been continually impressed by her positive attitude and her sense of style. Now, I am also impressed with her lawn savvy (and her ability to catch a bunny in an action shot, see below.) I am happy that she has taken the time to give us the skinny on sod vs. seed. Enjoy!
When I heard Jocelyn was doing a Home Improvement Month I got excited because it is the perfect excuse to get even just one thing done off the never-ending (actually much-ignored) project list.
But then reality hit – really the only project around our house these days has been landscaping. And it hasn’t been voluntary.
Until last fall this big honkin’ pine tree was smack in the middle of our backyard (we used to say you could see it for miles, it was so tall). One September afternoon a freak storm blew through and we watched that massive trunk snap. Not the best day.
The rest of our fall was spent digging out the stump, carting away wood chips, and shopping for new trees and privacy screen shrubs. Lots and lots of planting went on.. Winter came.. And we were so glad to have handled the tree situation and put it behind us.
Suddenly spring arrived and we realized that the giant patch of dirt wasn’t going to grow grass on its own. Apparently that’s our job. Our big dilemma was choosing between seed (we already had it and knew how to use it) or sod (big mystery, more expensive).
For several reasons (mostly the “we have it already” one) we opted for seeding, and here’s where the moral of the story and the point of this post comes in: when you are faced with a large patch of grass-less yard that you want to grow grass in, use sod. It’s that simple. We actually ran a side experiment by using pieces of sod in a different spot of the yard after we planted seed in the big patch. The sod is green, beautiful, thick, healthy, and everything you could want out of grass. The seed patch, however, is thin, growing weeds about as much as it grows grass, keeps needing to be re-seeded, and the bunnies think it’s one giant yard-sized buffet.
See that big horizontal line in the grass (above)? Below the line is all newly-seeded baby grass (bunny buffet) and it’s not as pretty in person as it is on screen. Just trust me on that one.
Now that we’re this far along, we’re sorta locked in to finishing it out with seed, which means we’ll be adding more in the fall again. Not the end of the world, but I’ll count this as one big weedy lesson learned. I’m hoping that our misfortune in the grass-planting arena becomes your gain, and that your pine trees live forever. Believe me, it’s better that way!
Thanks for having me here today, Jocelyn! Happy Home Improvement Month! I’m off to go hug my house and sing love songs to our baby grass. You never know, it could help.
Thank you, Suzanne, for this helpful info. I must confess I have no experience with seed or sod, but I am going to file this away for future reference.
What about you, Dear Readers, are you besot with sod? And along the same lines, have you hugged your lawn today? Have a great weekend!