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4 Questions About Planting Sod in the Winter

4 Questions About Planting Sod in the Winter

You can start planting sod right now. We know you have questions about how this is supposed to work, so we have answers!

November is here at last. That means we’ve now entered the final month of fall. Winter is just around the corner. While you might think that it is impossible to plant anything during this time, that is a misconception. You can start planting sod right now. We know you have questions about how this is supposed to work, so we have answers!

What is Turfgrass?

You are probably wondering what turfgrass is supposed to be. In simplest terms, it is another word for the types of grass and sod that you can choose to install around your home or business. Cool-season turfgrass, such as tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and fine fescues thrive year-round, despite their classification. The sod sits on top of the soil while dormant and helps protect the grass until March when warmer temperatures encourage the grass to start growing again. 

The second type of turfgrass is known as a warm-season turfgrass. This category is where you will find zoysia, bermudagrass, centipede, and St. Augustine. They can also be planted year-round, but you will want to be mindful of their fragile root systems. If they are cold for too long, the roots will die off. In Maryland, you should aim to plant zoysia and Bermuda anywhere between April and September.  

Why is Winter a Good Time to Plant?

Even so, winter is an excellent time to plant the sod of your choice! Even when the weather lingers around freezing point (at 32 degrees or so, anything below 40), the turf can still survive. If you have a two-week window to work with, then you will have more time for whatever you want to do! Because of the cooler temperatures, you won’t have to add water as often, especially since it tends to rain more often in the fall and winter. Plus, the soil is much more stable, which helps to prevent problems associated with runoff

What Should I Do Differently?

Planting sod in the winter is much different than planting it in the spring or summer. That means there are some tasks you will need to do differently. Water the sod once after you have placed it. You can also skip the fertilizer when the grass is still dormant.

Can Sod Be Installed Even if the Ground is Frozen?

Believe it or not, sod can be installed even when the ground has already frozen over. Just be sure to prepare the soil beforehand. This process involves the procedures of rototilling and raking. Don’t leave the sod outside overnight, though. If you do this, then the grass will be harder to unroll. Don’t winterize your irrigation system, either! You will still need to use it during the winter for your sod.  

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