IS THIS TIME OF THE YEAR APPROPRIATE TO PUT IN NEW SOD? by Larry Williams UF/IFAS Extension Agent

There is a slight gamble the new sod could be injured from early cold weather but this is not likely to happen. We usually get our first killing frost toward the middle to end of November. Our soil temperature is warm enough during fall to allow quick root development. BE careful with the fertilizer this late in the year, though. If I was going to sod now, I’d lay off the fertilizer until the grass completely greened up the following spring. The main factor is to make sure you water to keep the sod evenly moist for the first three to four weeks during establishment. The best window of opportunity to sod is mid April to mid June but in the absence of an early freeze, you should be okay to sod now.

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