This is why, when asked, we at Bren always recommend starting a new lawn with a good sod installation.
A fresh layer of sod over a freshly tilled lawn will be the ultimate “offensive” (to speak in military terms, and when dealing with weeds we always like to speak in military terms.) to creating a beautiful, lush lawn instantly. A lawn that’s free of weeds.
Sod, or Turf, works like a patchwork quilt, a blanket made of many small squares of fabric. Each small individual piece of fabric is sewn (or sown) together, to create one large quilt.
Sod works the same way. Rectangular pieces of grass are grown, about the size and thickness of a welcome mat. That rectangle of grass is held together by its roots. The rectangles of sod are cut, rolled, and delivered to a property to be installed instantly. By the end of the day, a bare property will have a lush green lawn. Talk about a one day transformation!
To understand why Sod Installation works better for new lawns, you must consider where weeds come from.
When a new lawn is planted, generally a homeowner or lawn service company will start with a freshly scarified, or tilled, area. All the vegetation has been removed or tilled in, and there is nothing but bare soil.
The next step is to install sod or to spread grass seed.
Some will plant grass seed in that bare soil. It is generally a cheaper option when compared to sod lawn installation.
However, there is a problem with this method of lawn installation.
Believe it or not, hidden in the freshly tilled soil are weed seeds.
These seeds lie dormant until they have a chance to activate and spread.
They are only waiting for a bare patch of soil and sunlight. Something they get from a freshly tilled lawn.
Now the weed seeds have as good of an opportunity as the grass seed does to grow into the new lawn, establishing themselves as quickly, or even quicker, than the grass.
And now you have a weed problem from day one.
Don’t give weeds the chance to proliferate. Install Sod.
A good Sod Installation creates a weed free lawn from day one, and when properly cared for, fertilized, and maintained, this lawn can be beautiful and healthy, and of course weed free!