- Posted August 30, 2014 by
Is Fall A Good Time To Install Sod?
The hot summer months can be tough on even the best maintained lawn, leaving a sparse, yellow grass instead of lush green. Many homeowners may be wondering when the best time is to install new sod to replace dead and damaged areas or to extend their lawn space. While sod can be installed almost any time of year in warm regions, fall is one of the best times for several reasons according to Council Growers in Florida.
Benefits Of Sodding In The Fall
In warmer regions such as the southeast U.S., fall can be one of the best times to install sod for optimal growth. Once the temperatures begin to cool in late September and into October, there is less chance of damage to new grass from direct sunlight. For these warm climate areas, fall and even the winter months can produce the mild temperatures that are needed to cultivate the best new lawn from sod. Some of the benefits of installing sod this time of year include:
Root growth. Allowing new sod to create a solid root system before the next hot summer is paramount to creating a lush, green lawn.
Less traffic. Often the fall and winter months are an easier time to protect new sod from foot traffic, with kids back in school and less time spent outdoors. It is always best to give fresh sod at least a few weeks of undisturbed growth after it is installed.
Low heat. The mild temperatures give fresh sod a chance to grow for several months without the stress of high heat from the sun.
Of course, the type of sod you have installed will also be important in creating a beautiful, thick lawn before the next hot summer. For hotter climates, a heartier grass that can withstand the hot, dry summers is recommended. In addition, you want sod that is fresh, preferably coming straight from a local sod farm to your yard for the best results.
If having new sod installed is on your agenda before next summer, the fall and early winter months are the best time for hot regions to begin the process. Talk to your local sod installer to discuss the right sod and time for installation to ensure that you have a beautiful green lawn for next summer.