The Q&A Archives: Sod or seed for a lawn

Question: I have a small backyard in the Sacramento Valley and I need to put in a lawn before the rainy season. Should I try to seed the backyard or use sod? It is December so our sunny days are definitely limited and I am worried that there is not enough time for the seeds to germinate.

Answer: If you need an instant lawn, sodding is your best option. If you sow seeds now, in December, they may or may not germinate and establish a good root system before frost arrives. Seeding in March or April will allow the grass to grow and establish by late spring. So, if instant lawn is important, sod; if you can wait, plan to sow seeds in early spring.

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