Sod vs Hydroseed

Differences, Cost, & How to Choose

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So you have recently tore up your backyard to put in a pool or had some large trees removed and are ready to get your lawn looking nice again. Is hydroseeding or sod a better product to install? While both are great options for establishing your lawn and getting thicker, greener grass, there are several essential differences between the two that you should understand before making a decision.

  1. Price — Cost of material and installation is less expensive with hydroseeding than sodding.

  2. Speed of Results — With sod, your lawn looks great immediately, while with hydroseeding it may take a few weeks before you have a nice coating of grass.

  3. Customizability — Hydroseeding gives you more choices for the type of grass used, since it’s growing from seed instead of being already rooted.

  4. Growth Consistency — The steady and consistent growth of hydroseeding (vs. sod’s relocation) helps create deep, strong roots for long-term plant-health.

  5. Weeds — Sod leads to fewer weeds because it is grown in a controlled environment and has already matured.

  6. Erosion Control — The developed root system of sod also contributes to instant erosion control value, however, hydroseeding is more effective in the long-term (starting after a few weeks) for erosion control.

From Brattleboro and Keene to Claremont and Bennington, our South Londonderry-based lawn care company is here to provide you with superior results for your lawn projects. If you are looking for hydroseeding services anywhere in Southern Vermont, contact Wise Oak, Inc. today!

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With our landscaping services in Southern Vermont, we generally recommend hydroseeding over sod, especially for new constructions and as a way to save money when improving your lawn. We have all the high-pressure equipment and hoses to effectively spread the hydroseed slurry where you want it. New grass growth can be expected within roughly a week, and typically is well-established before the first month is over.

With 15 years serving residents and property owners here in South Londonderry (and the surrounding area), we’d be happy to provide you with the unrivaled results that comes from years of experience, professional knowledge, and a well-trained team of landscape professionals ready to provide fast, affordable, high-quality lawn care for you.

Wise Oak, Inc. aims to develop and maintain long-term client relationships through hands-on customer service, top-quality lawn care, and by conducting all the various services we provide at the utmost level of professionalism.

As a Top-Rated Local® landscaping company in the Southern Vermont region, Wise Oak, Inc. is a great choice for long-term landscaping and property management solutions. From landscape installation and tree care, to winter services and property management, Wise Oak Inc. in Southern Vermont offers comprehensive solutions for your complete property.

If you have any questions about our landscaping company, feel free to check out our FAQ page. If you still can’t find the answers to your questions, or you would like to schedule a property evaluation or specific service such as hydroseeding, please reach out to us at 802-824-5540 or through our contact page.

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Cost of Hydroseeding vs. Sod

he average cost of hydroseeding for a typical 5,000 to 10,000 square foot lawn is $1,000. Depending on the size of your yard, it could cost anywhere between $500 and $4,000. If the job is smaller than 500 square feet or so, the job will usually be charged at an hourly rate instead. However, we prefer to charge by square foot for the greatest accuracy.

Compared to sod, hydroseeding is about ⅓ the cost. The average pallet of sod costs homeowners about $300, with the total price for a yard of 8,712 square feet (⅕ an acre) being between $3,000 and $8,000. Labor costs are also more expensive with sod.

Other Services & Service Areas

  • Bennington landscaping & property management

  • Shaftesbury homeowner services, lawn care, and more

  • Readsboro landscaping, lawn care, winter services, etc.

  • Arlington general contracting and property management services

  • Manchester seasonal tree and yard care

  • Dorset tree care, landscape maintenance, and Foamstream services

  • Bondville property management, tree care, and comprehensive landscaping

  • Pownal homeowner services, snow removal, and much more

  • Glastenbury landscape contracting, property management, etc.

  • And many more towns and villages in the area!

Wise Oak, Inc. has the expertise and professional team to get any and all your property management and landscaping needs taken care of, for each and every season, including hydroseeding. Want to learn more or get started?

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Care for Your Newly Hydroseeded Lawn

Getting the best out of your lawn starts with knowing what to look for. Issues can be caused by pests, weeds, unusual weather, pre-existing soil conditions, and more. Many of these issues can be addressed by keeping track of fertilization schedules, testing your soil, monitoring rain levels (staying aware of drought or excess rain conditions and the risks involved in each), etc.

You can keep your lawn healthy the easy way with ongoing landscape maintenance services from Wise Oak.

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Which Is Better — Hydroseed or Sod?

The appropriate lawn establishment method comes down to what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for immediate results, sod is the way to go. If you are willing to wait about a month for the grass to establish itself at a significantly lower cost, hydroseeding is recommended. Whatever option you choose, our full-service landscaping and property management company in Southern Vermont can help. We specialize in particular in long-term property support; keeping your lawn and overall property in excellent condition year round.

If you would like to get a free project quote for hydroseeding or any of our other services, reach out to us today!

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