Laying sod in the winter season can be possible, depending on the geographic location of the installation site. Despite some concerns about newly established sod roots freezing, more sod is actually lost to heat stress in the summer than to moderate freezes in the winter. Bermuda grass can be successfully installed during the winter and even bring several benefits such as getting a head start on establishment in the spring and not requiring much water or fertilizer while the grass is dormant. However, it is advised to avoid installing sod when temperatures start to reach the teens frequently.
The Benefits of Laying Sod in Winter
- Getting a head start on establishment in the spring
- Saving on water and fertilizer
How to Care for Newly Laid Sod in Winter
Winter maintenance for newly installed sod requires watering to keep the first two inches of soil moist and avoiding fertilization until spring when the grass is actively growing. Pulling the seams of the sod closer together can also help protect it from colder temperatures. Watering should be done immediately after installation and about 0.25 inches a week is enough. Fertilizing should not be done during winter installation as the grass is in dormancy and unable to absorb any nutrients at this time.
In conclusion, laying sod in the winter is possible and can bring several benefits, as long as proper care is taken to maintain the new sod. Wait until spring to make fertilizer applications and water the newly laid sod to keep it moist. Following these tips will result in a beautiful green lawn in the spring.