Can you lay sod in Colorado in the fall? What are the pros and cons? What can you do for the best success?
Spring and fall are the best times in Colorado to lay sod, however, you can only lay sod if the ground has not yet frozen. This year has brought colder weather a bit earlier than in years past, so if you plan on laying sod in Colorado this fall, it’s important to act fast, or plan to lay sod in the spring.
Pros and Cons of Laying Sod in the Fall
Fall offers cooler temperatures which is nice for you as the installer, but it is also better for the grass that won’t have to endure days of summer heat. The sod needs several weeks to root, which means when the spring arrives, you will already have healthy, green grass in place – no waiting.
Your grass is considered dormant and not in active growth during the fall months. This means the roots will reach deep to get the water and nutrients they need, creating a strong root system. You also won’t likely have to mow – keep the grass longer (3”) as it goes into winter.
You don’t need as much water in the fall, like you do in warmer spring days. The new sod still needs to be saturated, but should only require about 2”. Your new sod will also hold soil in place, but needs to be durable enough to withstand the harshness of winter. Be sure you have the right sod for your home.
The downside to laying sod in the fall? If the sod isn’t durable enough or isn’t able to take root for at least two weeks before a winter freeze, you may have problems. Install it as early as possible, and follow the tips for irrigation, fertilization, watering, and care.
For Great Results
Properly prepare the ground for the sod by raking up any leaves, pine needles, or trash. Have a good surface for laying the sod. Proper pH and nutrients will create a healthy foundation for the sod to take root.
Install the sod as soon as possible once it’s delivered. Don’t overlap the pieces or leave large gaps or bumps. Water the sod to the depth of 1-2″.
Have a plan for winterizing your lawn with the right type of nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Talk to your sod experts about additional care for your specific type of sod and location.
Caring for your sod doesn’t have to be hard, but using the right kind for your needs is important to keep it beautiful. Whether you are needing new sod, or support with sod care, contact Emerald Sod today to learn more about the best sod for Colorado, applications, pricing, and sod maintenance.