Time is of the essence when laying sod as North Texas landscapes prepare for the fall.
Land Patterns Inc. president and founder Marc Funderburk advises home owners to lay their sod before September 15 to provide a 60-day growth period before the region experiences its traditional killing frost on November 15.
With an annual killing frost date of November 15, time is of the essence to lay your sod.
According to thelawninstitute.org, the trio of Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysia grasses are the warm season grasses used in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. As with any new planting installation, dormancy allows for the sod to establish its root system during the cooler season.
With these warm season grasses being the prominent varieties in the area, here are a few tips about how to care for them.
- Plant it quickly: You must lay the sod the day you order or receive it. If you are having a company install sod for you are in the clear.
- Keep it wet: It is easy to water your lawn the first few days after laying new sod. However, after that initial two-week period, it can become difficult to continuously water your new lawn.
- Stay off the sod: After installing and watering your sod, the best practice is to stay off the sod. With continuous foot traffic, the growth of the sod’s root system can be harmed.
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