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Turf and Sod for Lawns: Are there any Differences?

11 May 2020

Lawns are usually added to enhance the overall look and feel of a property. Another great thing with a lawn is that they add value to the property, which can be beneficial for those who want to sell their property in the future.

Just like any other area of our properties, lawns are also intended to be maintained all the time. Because of this factor, some homeowners are torn between picking turf or sod for their lawns. Both have a surface layer of soil and grass. However, sod is a section that is held together by matted roots. Turf, on the other hand, does not come in section and is not held together by matted roots.

Aside from the mentioned above, here are some more differences between turf and sod.

Installation

One key difference between turf and sod is the way they are installed on your lawn. Some turf, which may contain synthetic fibres that look like natural glass, are easily laid down by professionals. After just a few days, you can simply enjoy a lush green lawn for a very long time. Sod installation can also be done by professionals. One of its downsides, however, is that if one of its sections does not take root, then you have to pay for additional services and labour to take out the old pieces and replace them with new ones. You must also wait longer before you get to enjoy a full-blown beautiful lawn.

Appearance

The use of real grass for sod can be an advantage for homeowners, especially those who want to attain a natural-looking lawn on their backyard. As long as the sod is maintained regularly, the overall appearance of the lawn can be refreshing to the eyes. Alternatively, artificial turf can now match the natural aesthetic of sod by using multi-coloured synthetic fibres. Turf nowadays can sport varying colours and heights of grass to make it look real and natural.

Maintenance

One huge advantage of turf over sod is its maintenance. It does not require any regular maintenance that natural grass must achieve. The absence of watering, mowing, and the fertilising process will not affect the grasses on your turf as they are made to retain their colour and height even after a few years. However, you must still look for any weed growth and the accumulation of dust and rotted leaves. If there are any of these things, then you must blow or rake them.

Maintaining sod can be taxing and time-consuming. Since it utilises real grass, you must take care of your sod lawn regularly. The shallow roots in your sod must have an abundant amount of water to wiggle their way into the soil. You must also provide adequate fertilisation so that your sod grows fully. After almost two weeks since the installation, you must mow and eventually cut overgrown grass to avoid overfilling your lawn bags. The mowing and cutting action for sod must be done once a week.

Lifestyle

Living with turf lawn is easy as long as you remove any damaging elements to the synthetic grasses. Luckily, turf grasses allow the drainage of liquid right through them, preventing any formation of puddles or mud patches. However, exposing them under direct sunlight allows them to radiate heat to the surrounding people, trees, and buildings.

Sod allows great heat absorption, prevents soil erosion, and makes for a denser lawn. With great sod installation, your grass will acquire the same rebound as any lawn on a normal day. Although, you may have to expect some buoyancy changes on your sod under excessive rainfall, which may cause holes on your lawn.

Given these benefits, you can now assess your preferred enhancement on your lawn. Going for either turf or sod can still enhance your backyard’s appearance and overall value. For any lawn-related works, feel free to contact us at AM Stonemasons. We provide expert and special services for all types of high-quality stonework, turf, or sod installation works.

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