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Seasonal Tips For Sod Installation

When should i install sod?

The best times to install sod are spring and early autumn, but sod will thrive if it’s laid anytime during the growing season — which is April through November.

Installation tips by season


The cooler temperatures and rainy days help sod get rooted into your lawn quickly and without much watering on your part. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Water the sod extra during its first growing season, especially in the first six months. You don’t want to put any stress on your lawn in the beginning stages.
  • Let your lawn take root for the first 10 days, and then mow it. You may have to mow twice a week due to rapid growth. Keep your mowing height between 2 ½ and 3 inches.


If you decide to lay sod in the summer heat, there are a number of tips to keep in mind:

  • Water the ground before laying the sod. You want it just damp enough to cool the ground.
  • Gather a few people to help — you want to lay the sod as fast as possible.
  • Water newly laid sod twice per day for 2 weeks, then at least once per day for several more weeks.
  • After 10 days have passed, mow your lawn at a height of 3 inches.

Keep in mind that Shattuck Turf Farms doesn’t offer sod installation. Visit our how-to-page for more tips on installing your new sod.

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