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Sod for Landscapers: A Handy Guide to Laying Sod in Winter Weather

Sod for Landscapers: A Handy Guide to Laying Sod in Winter Weather

So when it comes to sod for landscapers, what can be done?

Now that we are on the other side of December, it won’t be winter for much longer. That said, expect the bitter chill to last until early March. At first glance, it might seem like landscapers don’t have much to do during the cold-weather months that form a so-called “offseason.” Surprisingly enough, this is a great time for homeowners and business owners to spruce up their landscapes! So when it comes to sod for landscapers, what can be done

Anticipate the Sod Roots Freezing Up 

Warmer days are coming, but the problem is, that won’t be for a while yet. As such, you’ll need to take the proper precautions so that the roots will not wilt, wither, or die off as quickly. The best varieties of sod to use in this environment are zoysia and bermudagrass. When you choose the hardiest sod, it can endure the bad weather and treacherous conditions that can prevent the roots from settling into the soil and thriving.

Inspect Soil Samples 

Speaking of soil, don’t jump directly to the step where you add nitrogen. The first thing you will want to do is inspect the surrounding soil layers first; sod for landscape use might behave differently than residential-grade turfgrass. Lime and fertilizer can help keep the sod happy and healthy and professional landscapers often take more businesses on as customers than homeowners and a good first impression can make or break a patron’s willingness to enter the store and shop. Other additions to the soil that could be needed include phosphorus, potassium, and sulfur. 

Get the Soil Ready ASAP 

Building on the last point, you must prepare the soil in anticipation of the sod delivery date. Experienced landscapers generally know what they are doing, but apprentices might not. Till at least 3-4 inches of topsoil while getting rid of rocks, stones, weeds, and other obstacles that might ruin the appearance of the landscape and hinder the growth of the newly-installed sod. 

Freshly-Harvested Sod Needs to be Planted Right Away 

Moreover, freshly-harvested sod needs to be planted right away. It doesn’t keep for very long, since it can dry out, be damaged by the cold weather, and suffer root death if you go beyond the 48-hour installation window. Sod that is still on the pallets is more vulnerable to the harmful effects of a sudden cold snap.

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