When is the Best Time to Lay Sod?

Compared to sowing seed, sod is a great way to end up with an instant patch of green grass.  That said there are some things that you’ll need to keep in mind when it comes to successfully laying down some sod.  It can take up to two years for sod to fully take root, so knowing the answers to questions such as “When is the best time to lay sod?” or “How do I prepare my dirt patch for sod installation?” will help ensure the success of your sod laying attempt.  We’ve come up with a few pointers to get you started.

Time Of Year

The best times of year to lay down sod are spring and fall when the temperatures are still cool and there’s a decent chance of rain.  This will allow the sod to root more easily without having to worry about it freezing, scorching or drying out too much.  That said, it’s still possible to lay sod in any season, but you’ll need to take extra care in the summer or be patient if you’re laying it down just before snow falls.

Prepwork

Sod won’t just grow anywhere you throw it down.  You’ll need to ensure the ground is levelled to avoid water pooling.  You’ll need to remove debris such as rocks and sticks and make sure the soil is as weed free as possible.  If your soil is unusually compressed you’ll want to work it over to allow for better aeration.  It’s also a good idea to do some soil nutrient tests to see if you’ll need to fertilize before installation.  It’s much easier to do this on bare soil than it is to try it once the sod is laid.

Delivery And Installation

Because sod is harvested as close to the delivery time as possible, you should be ready to lay it down as soon as you get it.  You don’t want to wait for more than 72 hours after it’s been harvested or you may find yourself laying down dead grass that never takes root.  The sod should arrive feeling cool to the touch and the grass should be dark green.  If at all possible, try and time your delivery to coincide with an overcast and cool day.  If it’s a hot day, spray some water onto the soil before laying down the sod.  Once laid, give it a good watering, but don’t drench it.  You’ll need to give it light waterings twice a day for at least two weeks after installation.