Seed Lawn or Turf? The Advantages and Disadvantages at a Glance

There are two ways to create a new lawn – as a classic seed lawn or by laying out a finished sward as a turf. We present the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.

The turf is laid quickly and can still be walked on the same day

Whether seed lawn or turf: the preparation of the ground does not differ. From April onwards, the area is loosened with a motor hoe or by digging, removing larger stones, tree roots, solid lumps of earth and other foreign bodies. The earth is leveled with the wide rake and should now sit for about a week. Then any remaining bumps are leveled again and the area is pre-compacted once with a lawn roller.

Sow the lawn

Now you have to decide what you want to create the lawn with: Seed lawn is spread by hand or with a spreader, lightly hooked in and rolled in – this can be done very quickly even with larger areas and is not nearly as exhausting as laying turf. In addition, lawn seeds are much cheaper: high-quality, hard-wearing lawn mixes cost around 50 cents per square meter, and thus only a tenth of the cost of a cheap turf. The disadvantage is that you have to be patient until the new lawn is fully resilient. With good care, it can withstand occasional access after two to three months without any problems. On the other hand, it takes one year to achieve the density of grains and durability of an overgrown turf.

The seeds can be applied by hand in small areas. A spreader is recommended for large areas

Laying turf

The way to the manicured green with a turf is shorter. It is thoroughly rolled down after laying and can then be walked on immediately. However, you should water the surface thoroughly immediately after laying and keep it well moist for the next two weeks so that the roots grow into the subsoil. Only then is it fully resilient. Laying turf is technically not particularly demanding, but it is extremely strenuous for larger areas: an “office person” will reach his physical limits without further help after just 100 square meters.

Since you can’t just take rolled turf with you in the shopping cart, but have to order it from a special lawn school, some logistical questions need to be clarified when buying: Above all, you need a reliable delivery date – if possible in the early morning, because the lawn rolls on the same day in warmer weather must be relocated. If you leave the remains rolled up overnight, you will notice a distinct smell of putrefaction the next day and the first stalks will turn yellow. The truck should be able to drive as close as possible to the prepared area in order to avoid unnecessary transport routes. The whole thing has its price, of course: You pay between five and ten euros per square meter depending on the size of the space and transport costs.

Conclusion: Seed turf is the better choice

If a lawn has to be finished quickly, that is of course a good reason to opt for turf. In all other cases, seed turf is the better choice. Not least from an ecological point of view, because the production and transport of precultivated lawns naturally require water, fuel, fertilizers and, in some cases, pesticides.

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