When Is the Best Time to Lay Sod?
As the temperatures cool and the leaves take on that distinctive fall hue, it’s the perfect time to break out the sweaters and pumpkin-flavoured coffees.
It’s also the perfect time to lay sod grass, and Tee Bar Sod Farms is ready to help you get started!
The fall season creates the perfect environment for the sod to take root and flourish just in time for winter, giving your lawn a leg-up in the spring.
Here’s why you should start sodding your lawn in the fall:
The great thing about fall is the soil temperatures begin to cool down regardless of the air temperature. This is beneficial to new grass since the weather is fairly unpredictable around this time of year. (Are there more hot days ahead? A permanent cool down? Who knows?)
A sod lawn thrives in cooler soil, and the gradual drop in temperature serves as the perfect environment for establishing roots. If it’s too hot, the soil can dry out quicker, and if it’s too cold, the ground could freeze--not an ideal situation for growing roots.
Initiating a sod lawn when the temperatures are pleasant--not too hot, and not too cold--is ideal for optimum growth.
Just the Right Amount of Rain
Whether you’re using sod to start a new lawn from scratch or improve an existing one, the grass requires a lot of watering in the beginning. Newly installed sod has very short roots, which need enough water within reach to grow--at least an inch in the topsoil.
As the sod takes root, less watering is needed – a new sod installation in the fall should be watered for 1 hour per day, either in the morning or evening.
Finding this balance is essential in maintaining new sod grass since too much saturation in the upper roots can prevent them from growing deeper, hindering their sustainability. Excessive watering can also lead to brown patches.
So, why is this important?
Edmonton’s rainiest period is from early-April to mid-October, with July being the peak month for accumulation. The constant downpouring of rain is likely to have a negative outcome for your brand new sod lawn.
The rainfall totals start to decline as we move into the cooler months. Once September hits, the rainfall frequency starts to level out, offering just the right amount of precipitation.
Of course, depending on the circumstances, always use your best judgment when deciding when and how much to water.
Less Maintenance During the Winter
You’ve laid down sod grass, determined the perfect water-to-fertilizer-to-mowing ratio, and the roots have dug themselves deep enough to survive. Success! Now what?
Winter hits, and the grass goes dormant--which means less work for you. You’ve already put in the hard labour, and the cold months allow for a bit of a break. The grass slows it’s growth while the roots don’t.
Entering the winter months with a well-kept lawn ensures it will be ready to go once spring arrives.
Can I Lay Sod Grass in Other Seasons Too?
Of course! You can install sod any time of the year--there may just be some extra work involved, and contractors may have busier schedules. It all depends on the weather where you live: a mild summer is ideal, but a scorching hot summer requires more frequent watering to avoid dry soil and rotten roots.
On the other hand, late spring is still a relatively safe time to begin the sodding process. The overall weather is nice and the temperatures are ideal for a new lawn; however, if there’s still a chance for freezing cold or blazing hot days, it could throw a wrench in your lawn plans.
Fall Is Almost Here, and We Have the Sod You Need
Since we’re coming up on the best time to lay sod grass, why not take a look at what we have to offer? Tee Bar Sod Farms is a leading sod supplier in Edmonton, St. Albert, and the surrounding areas.
Our high-quality sod is available for pickup or delivery, and we’re ready to help you create the lawn of your dreams!