How to Lay Dormant Sod
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Your new home is finished, but the lawn is bare. Visions of muddy shoeprints on your pristine porch swirl in your head, and the months until spring seem to be dragging by at a torturous pace. Thankfully, you won’t have to face the problems of excess mud or erosion of bare earth. Warm season Zoysia, Centipede, and Bermuda turfgrass varieties may be installed while sod is dormant during winter.
What does “dormant” mean? Dormant warm season grasses are brown, but they aren’t dead. The sod is “hibernating” until warm weather signals green-up in the spring. You can install dormant sod to prevent erosion and take the proper steps to ensure it roots well in the spring.
Proper soil preparation, sod installation, and maintenance will help you ensure rooting and green-up in the spring. Follow these steps for installing dormant sod for the best spring green-up .
Installing Dormant Warm-Season Sod
Watering Dormant Warm-Season Sod During Winter
Herbicides and Dormant Warm-Season Sod
- Do not apply herbicides until the sod is well rooted in spring.
- The only exception is the application of broad-leaf herbicide with 2,4-D, which may ONLY be applied in accordance with label instructions.
- Winter weeds will usually pop up in newly sodded lawns with proper fertilization and watering. If this happens, mow and discard the clippings.
- Once the sod is rooted, apply the appropriate fertilizer, fungicide, and weed control products that are approved for your specific lawn type. Check the label on your products to make sure it’s approved.
- Once the turf begins to green up in the spring, follow our Lawn Maintenance Guide for your specific turfgrass variety.
- Enjoy your Lifetime Lawn!