The Best Time to Plant Sod in Florida

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We enjoy so many benefits living here in the Sunshine State, and the ease of keeping a gorgeously green and lush lawn is one of them!

Florida’s climate

Florida is expansive, spanning 447 miles from its border with Georgia to Key West. The vast majority of Florida’s area is considered tropical, meaning we have no shortage of heat and humidity to keep beautiful grass, flowers, and foliage alive. Here in central Florida, we’re right in the middle of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9b, meaning we very rarely ever see freezing temperatures.

So, when should I install my new sod?

What does our climate mean for your new Tampa Bay area sod? Well, you can pretty much install it at any time of the year, as long as it is moderately warm outside. We recommend installing new sod in spring or early summer. This time frame gives your new lawn plenty of time to establish roots and grow with warm temperatures outside. 

When should I avoid installing new sod?

Installing new sod in the dead heat of summer isn’t really the best option, since you can get some scorching or stress-related damage. Installing new sod in the fall is acceptable, but if the temperatures drop down to unusual lows, you might get some damage from the cold or the roots may not establish well. The same goes for winter installations. If you do choose to install in fall or winter, don’t expect a lot of growth until the following spring.

Where can I get sod in Tampa Bay?

When you’re ready to update your lawn with a new layer of sod, don’t trust just anyone with your investment. Council Growers Sod grows your sod right here in the Tampa Bay area, cuts it fresh to order, and delivers it right to your door! That means you can schedule your sod delivery for the exact day of installation, eliminating the risk of damage or drying out from sitting around too long. Our experts have all the knowledge and resources you need to make your sod installation successful. Choose from one of our sod varieties known to thrive here in the central Gulf-coast area:

  • EMPIRE Turf® Zoysia
  • Perennial Peanut (we grow three varieties: Ecoturf, Brooksville 67, & Brooksville 68)
  • Celebration® Bermuda
  • Tifway 419 Bermuda
  • Floratam St. Augustine
  • Bimini® Bermuda
  • ProVista™ St. Augustine
  • Seville St. Augustine
  • Bahia
  • Native Seashore Paspalum
  • Bitter Blue St. Augustine
  • CitraBlue® St. Augustine

Call Council Growers Sod at (813) 633-8665 or contact us online to find out which sod is best for you and your new lawn today!