Can I Lay Sod During Winter Months?
Regardless of your situation, sometimes sod must be laid in the winter and Bigfoot Turf is here to tell you it can be done. One huge advantage to laying sod in the winter is that you get a jumpstart on establishing your lawn and you will use less water in the spring. Waiting until the spring to lay sod might force you to schedule around wet weather and mud.
These are tips for winter sodding before and after being laid.
- Smooth Surface: Walk over the surface where sod is to be laid and remove all rocks and weeds from surround gardens. Weeds can leech nutrients from your turf if not pulled.
- Rake it Up: The more level the lawn is, the better the sod will root. Rake at least an inch into the soil before laying your sod to level the surface and promote root growth.
- Clean Cut Grass: Cut grass on edges against paths and borders so the sod layers do not leave noticeable gaps and let your new turf sit tight.
- Fertilize: Apply starter fertilizer before sodding but hold off using herbicides or fertilizers until the grass begins to turn green.
- Winter Watering: Water the entire area before sod is laid, but make sure the ground does not become frozen as the sod will not be able to send roots into solid soil. After sod has been laid, water the area once more. We recommend using the garden hose rather than an irrigation system for winter watering, as it’s easier to drain. If you use an irrigation systems, be sure to drain, blow-out and re-winterize the system
Winter sod installed while dormant and brown will root in slowly over winter and green up in the spring. Call Bigfoot Turf at 800.632.7473 for an estimate or schedule to lay sod in the coming winter months.