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Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:59 pm
by vaught
I need to lay zoysia in my front yard (pretty well shaded) and some Bermuda (much cheaper) in my back yard.

I've borrowed a buddy's tiller and plan on tearing up my front yard this weekend with the tiller. And laying the sod the following weekend.

I live in the southeast. Any concerns?

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:04 pm
by reggiesimpson
I always rely on the local cooperative extension folks for accurate garden questions/answers.

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:16 pm
by fundseeker
Very ambitious! I was told here, by a sod farm here in the southeast, that you can lay those two anytime, but if after first frost, there may be some issues. Anyway, you might want to double check that from your local sod farm. By the way, zoysia is only $100/pallet more here, so, it might be worth the extra cost. Good luck!

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:18 pm
by livesoft
I would want at least six weeks of nighttime temps staying above 60 deg F.

But do these grasses even grow in the shade?

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:57 pm
by vaught
Zoysia grows in the shade (front yard).

Putting Bermuda in the back where there is no such shade.

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:32 pm
by JBTX
Its not really the time of year I'd do it, but it may turn out OK. Really depends on where in the SE and how cool / cold it gets in late fall and winter. I'd be concerned that a hard freeze in the winter could kill it if it hasn't really been warm enough to establish deep roots.

My next door neighbor had Zoysia put in about a month ago, seems to be doing pretty well. She pretty much killed her St. Augustine (while mine is thriving next door in half shade). Prior to that they let the Bermuda get taken over by Crabgrass. The Zoysia must be hearty if it is surviving over there. :D

Its pretty hard to kill Bermuda. But it survives the best when it has time to develop deep roots. Here in north TX its starts going dormant around November.

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:19 pm
by badbreath
now is a good time to lay it. cooler weather more rain should work.

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:48 pm
by Sheepdog
I Googled "When is the best time to lay sod?" http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/lawn- ... o-lay-sod/

Sod is a hefty investment, so it is critical to prepare the planting area and tend the turf with care. You can lay sod anytime during the growing season, although spring and early autumn are best because cool temperatures combined with occasional rain help sod quickly root.

If you lay sod in summer, water at least once a day for several weeks. Begin by preparing the soil. Remove twigs, stones, and other debris littering the surface. Break up soil clods that are larger than 2 inches in diameter. Fill low areas with good quality topsoil. If the soil is sandy or full of clay, work in organic matter. Take advantage of this opportunity to improve the soil; it's easy to add amendments when the soil is bare. Smooth the soil with a stiff garden rake. Finish preparing the area by compacting it slightly with a sod roller (often available through your local landscape equipment rental outlet).

Lay sod on a cool, overcast day to minimize plant stress. If you lay sod in the heat of summer, moisten the surface of the planting area before putting down the turf. With the help of a few friends, you can get the sod down in a hurry and have fun along the way. Stagger strips in a bricklike pattern, and be sure that all pieces fit tightly together. A utility knife or sharp spade is handy for cutting sod to fit irregular areas.


Once the sod is in place, run the sod roller over it to eliminate air pockets. Water it immediately, then water daily (depending on rainfall), moistening the soil to a depth of 4 inches, until the sod takes root (in 2-3 weeks). Avoid mowing sod until it has firmly rooted. To find out if sod has rooted, gently tug at it. If you feel resistance, roots are anchored in the underlying soil.

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:36 am
by TLC1957
When laying sod remember green side up....ALWAYS.....you can not go wrong by doing this. :oops:

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:23 pm
by fundseeker
OP, Just wondering how that project is going, especially the tilling part, which I am considering doing myself. Thanks!

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:32 pm
by friar1610
TLC1957 wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:36 am
When laying sod remember green side up....ALWAYS.....you can not go wrong by doing this. :oops:
Damn! I was going to post that timeless advice but you beat me to it! :(

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:36 pm
by badbreath
No, now is the perfect time to sod or seed. Cooler nights, a bit more rain but still a lot of sunny days.

Re: Laying sod... too late in the year?

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:38 pm
by TxAg
badbreath wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:36 pm
No, now is the perfect time to sod or seed. Cooler nights, a bit more rain but still a lot of sunny days.

+1

In the south, this is a great time to do it. I've resodded most of my yard over the last couple years and purposely choose the early Fall. Just water it well for the first month or so