We’ve all heard it, “Don’t like the weather in Texas, wait 5 minutes”. So, how do you know when to plant sod in Texas? In short, planting takes places at almost any time of year. In fact, most commercial landscape projects take place year-round. So, how can you make the most of your time and investment?
What to Beware Of: Hard Freezes & Scorching Temperatures
Deciding when to plant sod in Texas requires a little forethought. Keep in mind that it takes about two weeks for shallow roots to establish and up to six weeks for deep root growth. So, if you’re planning that big back yard party allow enough time for your sod to mature. You’ll also want to be aware of the upcoming forecast. In Texas, the weather is often mild through December before you need to consider long freezing periods.
With that in mind, you can actually plant sod in Texas year-round. When planting avoid stretches of high heat (think August). Extra watering will be required and can become costly or even subject your sod to disease. Avoid times when freezing temperatures are expected for several days in a row (late Jan/early Feb). Sod can typically handle a day or two of low temperatures but avoiding long stretches of freezing temps will prove beneficial to growth.
Spring or Fall
Most people think spring and think about planting new sod. However, the easiest time to plant sod in Texas may be the late summer through fall. Late summer/fall temperatures are typically cooler but still warm and will stay that way for a while. The increased rain fall of the season helps with watering, promotes root establishment, and grass continues to grow. If you do plant sod in the fall, be aware that backyard favorites like Celebration Bermuda, Texturf, and St. Augustine become dormant in the winter and die back naturally. No cause for alarm as they will come back beautifully in the spring.
Spring sod planting has its advantages as well. Spring sod planting is a favorite for warm-weather sod. When you plant sod in the spring, your yard will be instantly green and will remain beautiful throughout the summer and fall. March sod planting means your sod will be establish and picture perfect for Memorial Day entertaining.
Plant Freshly Cut Sod
It may not look like much in a big roll or in squares on a pallet but that sod is living, breathing, and anxious to take root. The shorter the time between cutting the sod and planting it, the better your outcome will be when you plant sod in Texas. Sod should be laid 24 to 72 hours after its harvest. Your best bet? Have your sod delivered on the day it is cut and plant it right away. Blue Sky Sod farm only cuts sod to order to ensure the greenest, healthiest start for your project.
Stay Off The Grass
It will be tempting to enjoy your new sod immediately but new sod needs time to establish a strong root system. So, for the first 4 – 6 weeks avoid walking on the sod. Try to keep people and pets off of the sod for as long as possible and you’ll be able to enjoy your yard for years to come.