– Article Updated October 28, 2020 –
Our customers have many questions about installing sod this time of year (during the cooler months of October and November). We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions with our answers below. We hope it helps you with your year-end landscaping projects!
Q – Is now (October/November) a good time to install sod for our area?
A – Fall is one of the best times to install KBG sod (in our region)! Our (KBG) Kentucky Bluegrass sod is a cool-season grass. Installing it during cooler months means better survivability and less heat stress. A fall installation date will also allow time for the roots to develop prior to the next summer. And since it’s too late to plant grass seed for a successful fall seeding, sod is a great alternative for an instant lawn.
Q – How much time do I have left to lay sod this year, and how long are you harvesting sod?
A – We tell our residential customers as a guide, try to have all of your landscaping projects wrapped up by Thanksgiving (end of November). We will harvest sod until the ground becomes too frozen for our equipment which is typically in December sometime. Some landscapers install sod in the winter – as long as the site is prepped and ready and we are still able to harvest sod.
Q – How long will my sod survive if I cannot install it right away?
A – During the colder months of October and November, since it’s well under 80 degrees and the risk of “cooking” your sod is no longer an issue, uninstalled sod can hold up for several days. However, no matter what time of year it is, it’s always best to get installed right away so it can transplant as quickly as possible.
Q – How often should I water my new sod this time of year (October/November)?
A – Although most people are finished with watering their established lawns this time of year, you still need to ensure your newly installed sod does not dry out and stays damp after installation until the ground freezes. During the October and November months (cooler weather) moisture from water stays in the soil longer and most people typically do not have issues with sod drying out. Mother nature usually takes over and keeps everything pretty hydrated. Keep in mind that morning frost will not kill the new sod, rather it will add moisture naturally after it thaws. Once the ground freezes for the season, there is no need to water, as the sod will go into a dormant state and finish rooting in the spring.
Not sure if you are getting enough water? Pull up on a piece of sod and look at the soil underneath for signs of moisture.
Q – What if my irrigation system has been winterized?
A – You should get enough irrigation from mother nature unless we have an unseasonably warm fall/winter. Again, it is important to keep the sod hydrated until it goes dormant so checking it frequently is suggested.
Q – Can I fertilize during this time of year (October/November)?
A – If the grass is not actively growing, no fertilizer is needed. Keep in mind, you want to get your last fertilizer treatment down while the grass is still green and before the ground is frozen for the season. We suggest applying your final fertilizer with your last mow of the season. Again, end of November is typically a good time to finish all your landscape projects up for the year.
Until next time, ~Michelle & The Red Hen Crew
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