When to Lay Sod, How Long for Installation, & Other Timing Questions for Orlando, FL

Posted by Joe Mouad on Jan 18, 2021 9:56:42 AM

Once you decide on a new sod lawn, who wants to wait, right?

Get that lawn in, kick off your sandals, and fire up the grill!

So, just how fast can you have that pretty green grass? If you’re in a hurry, you chose the right state to live in.

Have the lawn chairs handy and take a look at the timing.

When to Lay Sod?

Here in Orlando, sod can be laid practically any time of year. Because its roots are developed, sod grass is able to establish itself in prepared soil in almost any season, as long as the ground isn’t frozen.

October through May is ideal for St. Augustine sod. It’s a little finicky during the rainy season June through September, but will still establish just fine, assuming you do not receive an excessive amount of rainfall in a short period of time.
provista st augustine sod
March through October is the best time of year to install Zoysia, but it will take root in the other cooler months, too.
Palisades zoysia grass
If you have heavy shade, you might avoid installing new St Augustine sod June through September. It often won’t dry out enough with all the rain and then can develop root rot.

What Temperature is Too Hot or Cold to Lay Sod?

It’s really never too hot to lay sod. But keep in mind the hotter the weather, the more important it is to follow the detailed watering instructions in our sod care guide.
Sod irrigation
Zoysia sod is actually happiest if it’s at least 80 degrees, but it will still establish at lower temperatures, at a much slower rate.

Avoid installing sod if it’s colder than 25 degrees.

But in general, here in Florida, you can have a new sod lawn installed most any month.

How Long Does It Take to Lay Sod?

Plan on about three hours per pallet if a wheel barrel is not necessary. (Sorry, you’ll have to do your own math.)

If that seems like a long time to you, you’ve probably never installed sod.

There’s a lot more to this than rolling out that new grassy carpet.

Crews have to flag all irrigation heads, strip the area with sod cutters, and haul away all the old sod.
Crew removing sod and prepping soil
They need to level out any imperfections on your lawn, match up all the seams, fit the sod around obstacles like trees and walkways, then check and adjust all your irrigation heads.

Considering all the work involved, it goes pretty fast.

How Long for Sod to Take Root?

This depends on the season. The warmer the temperature, the faster sod takes root.

Your sod should root in five to 15 days in the summer, and 20 to 30 days in the winter.

If it’s not taking root, you might be overwatering. When roots are getting too much water they don’t want to reach down into the soil looking for water.

Give us a call and we’ll come take a look.

How Long for Sod to Grow?

It’s growing already! That’s the great thing about sod — it’s instant grass, with the roots already on board. No waiting around for the seeds to sprout and the blades to form.Growing sod

When to Lay Sod? Call Ground Source Today!

When it comes to getting a new green luxurious lawn, why wait? The sooner you call, the sooner you can sink your toes into that cool green turf.

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