When most people think of installing new lawns, they think spring = green. But fall is an equally opportune time to lay sod. The heat of summer is tough on grass, and freshly laid sod requires more water than an established lawn. If a heat wave hits before your sod is rooted, you may have a hard time keeping it healthy. Fall offers prime weather conditions to make nourishing your lush new landscape easy. And that’s why we’re here!
Laying your sod in the fall allows the perfect combination of factors for nurturing your lawn. Our mild Georgia winters mean that folks of Alpharetta, Marietta and beyond don’t have to worry about early frosts stymieing their efforts. But there are a whole list of reasons fall is the optimal time to lay new turf:
- Cooling weather means the sod requires less water to thrive
- Blazing summer days dry out the dirt, but maintaining good soil is easy in the fall
- Leaf growth slows during cool nights, encouraging root growth
- Roots are established before winter hibernation, providing a healthy lawn come spring
- Home projects finish faster in the fall because professional landscapers have better availability
In addition to these practical and horticultural incentives, fall gives you an important boost in letting your grass take root: the kids are all in school! Though it’s an easy consideration to overlook, it’s no surprise that freshly laid sod needs a delicate foot. While it’s tough enough to handle light foot traffic, heavy treading may distress or displace your new grass. Your new lawn needs about 3 weeks to become durable, and summer play is rough and tumble. While your kids are growing their minds, let your sod mature its roots. The kids will have a beautiful new playground when spring fever hits!
Cultivating your new sod takes planning, and fall offers the perfect conditions to let your new lawn thrive. Call NGTurf to find out which sod is right for you.