Seed or Sod – Which Is Best for Your Lawn?

Seed or Sod – Which Is Best for Your Lawn?

Creating and maintaining a lush, green lawn is the goal of many homeowners. Because of the maintenance required to keep grass looking its best, some may opt to reduce total lawn area by adding hardscaping, softscaping, and xeriscaping. But, for those who love a verdant lawn, achieving it often comes down to a fundamental decision: seed or sod?

Both methods have their advantages and differences, and understanding them can help you make the best choice for your lawn. In this post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of seeding and sodding, as well as discuss the most suitable grass varieties for our region’s hardiness zones (5/6).

Seed or Sod – The Benefits of Grass Seed

Seed or Sod - The benefits of grass seedSeeding involves planting grass seed directly into the soil and allowing it to grow and establish over time. Here are some advantages of seeding:


Seeding is generally more budget-friendly than sodding, making it an attractive option for those looking to save money.


Seeding allows for a wider selection of grass varieties, including blends tailored to specific soil types, sunlight levels, and climate conditions.


Seeded lawns tend to develop deeper root systems, which can make them more resilient to drought and environmental stress over time.

However, seeding also has its drawbacks. It typically takes longer for seeded lawns to establish, requiring regular watering and maintenance during the germination period. Additionally, there’s a risk of erosion or soil disturbance before the grass becomes fully established.

Seed or Sod – The Benefits of Sod

Seed or Sod - The benefits of sodSodding involves laying down pre-grown grass turf, complete with roots and soil, onto prepared soil. Here are some advantages of sodding:

Instant Results

Sodding provides an instant lawn, with immediate coverage and a mature appearance. This makes it a popular choice for homeowners who want immediate results or have limited time for lawn care.

Erosion Control

Sodding helps prevent soil erosion, making it an excellent choice for sloped or vulnerable areas of the landscape.

Weed Suppression

Sodding can help suppress weed growth, as the dense turf outcompetes many weed species.

However, sodding is generally more expensive than seeding, and the selection of grass varieties may be limited compared to seeding options. Additionally, improper installation or care can lead to issues such as uneven settling or root detachment.

Grass Varieties for Hardiness Zones 5 and 6

In hardiness zones 5 and 6, which encompass regions with cold winters and moderate summers, several grass varieties thrive. For seeding, popular options include:

Kentucky Bluegrass

Known for its fine texture and deep blue-green colour, Kentucky bluegrass is well-suited to cooler climates and is often included in seed blends for its durability and attractive appearance.

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass is quick to establish and offers excellent wear tolerance, making it suitable for high-traffic areas.

Fine Fescue

Fine fescue varieties, such as creeping red fescue or Chewings fescue, are shade-tolerant and low-maintenance options for areas with limited sunlight.

For sodding, blends of Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescue are commonly used due to their adaptability and resilience.

Both seeding and sodding offer distinct advantages for establishing a healthy lawn. Seeding is cost-effective and allows for a wider range of grass varieties, while sodding provides instant results and helps prevent soil erosion. Ultimately, the best choice depends on factors such as budget, time constraints, and personal preferences. By selecting the right method and grass varieties for your specific needs, you can enjoy a vibrant, beautiful lawn for years to come.

Spring Clean Your Pond or Water Feature

Spring Clean Your Pond or Water Feature

If you’re lucky enough to have a pond and/or water feature in your yard, you’ll be positively itching to start enjoying it again this year. But before you fire up the pump(s), a bit of maintenance is needed to ensure the health and longevity of the water feature and its contents.

The maintenance required on an annual basis, while important, is not terribly difficult. A basic cleaning and simple test of moving parts and related components is typically sufficient. A more thorough cleaning (outlined further below) is only required every three to four years, or when your water feature has accumulated a significant layer of sludge on the bottom and water is quite dark and murky.

The standard preparation can usually be done toward the end of April, but you want to be sure that any risk of heavy frost has passed. Significant frost could damage water feature components and place undue stress on pond fish, if you have them.

When ready, begin by removing protective covers and netting, cleaning as necessary and storing until fall. Then remove any aeration and heating devices used in the winter, as well as accumulated debris from the pond and water feature reservoirs.

Check all hoses and lights for function, replacing as necessary. Clean out the skimmer net and biofall filters. Then connect and test the pump to ensure proper water flow, filtering, and circulation.


If you have Koi or Goldfish in your pond, this spring cleaning will affect them too. While Koi are very hearty fish, there are some precautionary steps you should take to minimize stress and ensure a healthy, safe transition into the warmer months.

While cleaning your pond, you’ll have to temporarily displace the fish. Essentially, you want to avoid the shock caused by moving fish into water that is radically different – in terms of temperature or composition – than the water they’re coming from. We usually suggest to store the fish in a small tank and use the water from the pond to fill the tank to avoid shock or stress to the fish. We’ve included a link at the bottom of this post to an Aquascape video for more information about proper handling of your pond fish.


Every three to four years, you’ll need to deep clean your pond or water feature. In addition to the annual cleanup steps outlined above, this may also involve partial or complete water change, some scrubbing or power washing of components, and maybe even some specialized maintenance products.

For information about pond fish health and general spring pond cleanup, watch this video from Aquascape.

Of course lawn, garden, and pond cleanup is never easier than when you hire professionals to do it for you. Call us to schedule your lawn, garden, and pond maintenance.