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New Sod & Lawn Seeding Services


We provide professional lawn repair services and new installations of lawns using seeding or sodding methods in the areas of Alton, Godfrey, and Edwardsville, IL.

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Seeding Vs. Sod, Which is best for you?

There are primarily two options when it comes to replacing your grass or repairing dead spots in your lawn, laying new sod or perform seeding. Each of these approaches has their own set of pros and cons. While we will advise you on the best method for your situation, here are the pros and cons of seeding vs sod.

Seeding Pros

  • The most cost-effective option
  • A larger variety of options regarding types of grass
  • Quickly develop a strong root system

Seeding Cons

  • Most effective only during late summer and early fall
  • Needs consistent moisture in order for the grass to grow properly
  • Takes longer to settle and grow into a beautiful lawn

Sodding Pros

  • Creates a beautiful lawn almost instantly
  • You can lay sod any time of the year
  • Great for areas that are sloped, misshapen, or prone to erosion

Sodding Cons

  • Fewer options as far as types of grass you can choose
  • Can be expensive

Element Turf & Outdoor Solutions, LLC laying new sod at a home in Alton, IL.

Caring for Newly Installed Sod

Caring for your new sod is crucial to the success of your lawn. Making sure the new sod you've invested in grows properly does require that you follow some guidelines. Here is what you need to know.

Foot Traffic

During the first few weeks, it is important to avoid walking on the sod as much as possible. The root system has not yet taken to the ground and is very delicate at this time. Walking on the sod before the roots have taken hold will cause damage and make the process much slower, or stop the roots from taking ground at all. This is especially important for the first few days.

Watering Your New Sod

New sod requires A LOT of water. During the first 10 days of laying new sod it should be watered for a minimum of 15 minutes every day. If the temperature is above 60 degrees in the afternoon your sod should be watered twice throughout the day. It is crucial that the new sod is watered properly. To check for proper watering, pull a small corner of the sod back and make sure the soil below the sod is getting enough water. If the soil below the sod is not wet you need to water your lawn for a longer period of time. If you begin to notice the pieces of sod pulling away from the other you need to water the sod for a longer period of time. The lack of water is causing the sod to shrink. You should provide extra water to the areas of sod that are close to pavement. Pavement gets hot during the day, which causes the sod nearby to heat up and rapidly dry out.

After the first ten days, you should water your new sod for 30-40 minutes every other day. If the lawn needs to be cut it should be cut prior to watering and not cut any shorter than 3” in length. After about 20 days, your lawn should be rooted and can be treated as a normal lawn. At this point, you can mow it to your preferred length, water it 2-3 times per week for about 15 minutes.

New Sod Fertilization

When we install your sod, we'll apply a fertilizer that is high in phosphorous to give the sod a good start. Then, after about six weeks, you may apply fertilizer to maintain the beauty of your new sod.

Seeding a lawn, is it right for you?

When it comes to seeding, there are a few options we provide. Depending on the state of your lawn, some are better than others. Read on to find out which option is best for you!

Slice/Slit Seeding:

  • Great for very patchy lawns.
  • Using a Slice Seeder machine, we slice small holes directly into the soil and then drop a seed of grass into each hole.
  • Because the seed is placed directly into the soil, it has a higher chance of germination.
  • Provides a quick and noticeable difference to your lawn.
  • This method of planting is ineffective if your lawn has too deep of a layer of thatch (a mishmash of dead plant material that sits above the soil, but below the grass).

Overseeding:

  • Great for slightly patchy, worn out, or old lawns.
  • Aeration is usually done first to punch holes in the lawn.
  • Many seeds are applied directly to the top of the lawn and the lawn is heavily watered. This causes a good portion of the seeds to fall into the aerated holes and germinate.

Spot Seeding:

  • Similar to overseeding, except it focuses on very specific patches on the lawn, as opposed to the lawn as a whole.

Whether you choose seed or sod, it is important to understand the types of grass you can choose from. In Central/Southern Illinois, there are a few cool-season types of grass you can choose from, including Tall Fescue, Hard Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass, and Kentucky Bluegrass. Of these, Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescues are the most sought after as they provide durability and that classic lawn appearance.

If you think your lawn could benefit from our sod or seeding services, give us a call at (618) 467-7047. We'll meet you at your property to assess the current conditions of your grass and recommend the best approach to create a thicker, greener, and healthier lawn. If you're located in Alton, Godfrey, Edwardsville, or any of our other service areas, get in touch with our lawn specialist today!

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