Buying grass sod is a great alternative grass seed. Its biggest advantage is that you get an instant lawn. One disadvantage is the cost. Sodding large areas can get very expensive. Because of the cost, it’s important to buy the right grass sod, and then maintain it so it grows strong and healthy.
Grass sod is living turf grass that's been professionally grown. Sod is sold in rolls that are from 2 to 10 feet long and about 2 feet wide. When laid flat resembles a grass carpet. Sod can be laid in your yard as long as the ground isn't frozen.
First, buy your grass sod from a garden center or directly from reputable sod growers. They should be able to recommend the right kind of sod for your yard. The grass sod you buy should be insect, disease and drought resistant. Of course, it should also be completely weed free when you buy it. Whomever you buy it from should also offer delivery and installation services. Keep in mind that sod is relatively easy to install yourself.
If you're using sod to patch problem areas in your current lawn, be sure to verify that the sod you're buying will match your current grass. Also, ask about the age of the sod. When was it harvested? The more recently, the better. In fact, grass sod should be installed within 24 hours of being harvested.
Lush and Dense
Here's what to look for in healthy grass sod: Lush, dense grass blades more than 2 inches long; a uniform green color; about an inch of moist dirt around the roots; thick, healthy roots visibly intertwined together and embedded in the soil; and no thatch in the grass.
Don't purchase your grass sod until your yard is ready. You don't want the sod to sit in your driveway -- you should be laying your sod as it's being unloaded from the delivery truck. This way you will have a beautiful lawn as soon as your sod has been laid.