Everything You Need to Know Before Laying Sod in the Winter

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Many people like to do major yard projects during the winter, so they will be ready to show off by spring. Sod installations are often one of these projects. At Council Growers Sod in Tampa Bay, we help property owners install new sod all year long, so we know all the tips and tricks to get your sod started off right. Here’s everything you need to know about laying new sod in the winter in central Florida:

Can I Lay New Sod During the Winter in Tampa Bay?

Yes. You can successfully lay new sod on your lawn during the winter months here in central Florida. Our average temperatures rarely get low enough to cause any permanent damage to new sod. However, winter is not usually considered the best time to lay new sod.

What’s the Ideal Temperature for Laying New Sod?

We recommend that both the air and ground temperature be at least 50°F for new sod installations. Avoid laying new sod if the temperature outside is expected to fall below this threshold in the upcoming weeks.

Does My Soil Need Special Preparation During the Winter Months?

No, you shouldn’t have to do anything special to your soil just because of cooler temperatures. However, you may need to do some special soil preparation if your soil lacks any key nutrient that grass needs to thrive. Have your soil tested prior to sod installation for an in-depth look at its health and needs.

How Often Should I Water My New Sod During the Winter?

New sod has special watering requirements for optimal establishment. For the first four weeks, water your new sod every day before 9 a.m. with a uniform half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of coverage. After week four, reduce watering to once every other day for an additional four weeks. In the ninth week, transition to a regular watering schedule appropriate for the season. During the fall and winter, one irrigation session every 10 to 14 days is acceptable during the winter. Increase this to once a week or more often in the spring and summer.

Why is My Sod Turning Brown?

Just like established grass, sod may go dormant and turn brown in times of extreme cold. As long as the temperature rises again within a week or two, your new sod should be fine. If your sod is turning brown, but the temperature is not plunging, something else may be the culprit. Check out this post on some other possible reasons your lawn is turning brown.

Get Expert Help With Your Sod Installation

At Council Growers Sod in Hillsborough County, we know how important it is for your sod installation to go smoothly. We’ve helped property owners all over Tampa Bay transform their lawns with high-quality fresh-cut sod delivered directly from our farms to their doors. Call us at (813) 633-8665 or contact us online with any questions about winter sod installations, then order your sod right from our website.