Installing dormant turfgrass during the cooler winter months can be challenging, although it is not an uncommon practice. To have a successful installation you must prepare in advance just like you would during warmer months. The University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) offers turfgrass installation preparation advice.
According to UGA CAES proper preparation for turfgrass installation includes:
- Prepare the soil. Take a soil sample to determine lime and fertilizer needs before preparing the soil and planting the sod.
- Nitrogen application. Apply nitrogen to the turf in the spring once soil temperatures at the 4 inch depth are consistently 65°F or higher. The dormant grass’s root system is incapable of taking up nitrogen at lower temperatures.
- Tilling soil. Loosening the soil and incorporating lime and fertilizer by tilling to a minimum depth of 3 to 4 inches is typically enough for turfgrass establishment. If possible, tilling deeper is always better.
- Water it in. Water management is key to success. Although you may not water most plants or your lawn during the winter months, dormant turf grass still needs precipitation to keep from drying out. UGA CAES recommends enough water to keep the upper 1-2 inches of soil moist. If the winter is calling for frequent rainfall you should not have to water as frequently; however, if a dry winter is forecasted watering is crucial.
If you are considering installing turfgrass this winter contact North Georgia Turf. Our professionals can offer expert advice and a free quote for your projects.