If you’re thinking of laying fresh sod on your lawn and want to choose the best time of year to ensure its health and longevity, it’s important to choose the best time to lay sod in Florida. The state’s intense climate makes Florida a place that requires some extra thought and planning when it comes to sod installation.
You can complete a sod installation job successfully during any time of the year, however, the spring and fall seasons are the best times to lay sod in Florida. Take a look at our instructions for each season below.
How to Lay Sod in Florida During the Spring
The spring and fall seasons are the best times of year to lay sod in the state of Florida. You should be sure to follow our installation guide which can be found here.
Here are some key things to be aware of when laying sod in Florida during the spring:
Make sure there are no more opportunities for a freeze before laying new sod.
Be sure to keep an eye on the weather. You will want to make sure that you keep your sod extra moist to maintain root health—especially if you get an early hot day.
Water shadier spots less than the sunnier spots to help reduce disease.
Be sure to fertilize your lawn to promote healthy rooting and establishment. We recommend our Lawnifi® New Lawn Starter Box for proper lawn nutrition. Learn how to properly care for your new lawn with our new lawn guide.
How to Lay Sod in Florida During the Summer
Fresh sod needs time for its roots to establish and a steady watering schedule. Because of this, summertime is probably the least ideal time to plant sod in Florida. It can be very hot and sometimes drought prone depending on your location in the state.
If you need to lay sod in the summer, be ready to water your new lawn very often as a means of maintaining its health. You will want the soil to be damp 3–4 inches below the surface. Water often to make sure of this. Once again, follow our installation guide here and be sure to water your lawn as often as possible.
Here are some key things to be aware of when laying sod in Florida during the summer:
Keep your lawn moist, but do not overwater it—if you do this, it will be susceptible to disease.
Water your lawn early in the morning, midday and early afternoon to help make sure it does not dry out.
Taper back watering in the shadier spots since these areas are more prone to fungus and disease pressure.
Be sure to fertilize your lawn to promote healthy rooting and establishment. We recommend our Lawnifi New Lawn Starter Box for proper lawn nutrition.
The weather is warm enough and there is plenty of sunshine to help the sod establish during the fall. The following months bring rain and plenty of time for the fresh turf to strengthen before Florida’s incredibly hot, often dry summer season begins the following year.
Our installation guide is comprehensive and will help you install your lawn appropriately.
Here are some key things to aware of when laying sod in Florida during the fall:
Similar to other times of the year, you’ll want to maintain a healthy watering schedule that keeps the sod moist, but not too wet during the first 14 days of fall. As a general rule, keep the soil moist three inches below the surface when establishing.
Be sure to fertilize your lawn to promote healthy rooting and establishment. We recommend our Lawnifi® New Lawn Starter Box for proper lawn nutrition as your sod begins to take root and establish itself before dormancy.
Start off by following our Sod Installation Guide. Whether you’re doing sod installation on your lawn yourself, or using a professional, it is helpful to know what is involved. If you’re installing sod yourself, be sure to lay each piece of sod tightly together in a brick-like pattern.
The Lawnifi New Lawn Starter Box is designed for newly sodded, seeded or plugged lawns. The box contains three bottles of liquid fertilizer powered by Catalyst TechnologyTM to nano-size the nutrients for efficiency and effectiveness.
The two bottles of Grow are for improved soil health and the single bottle of Maintain is designed to feed the lawn. The three bottles work together to establish thick, healthy grass.
After the first 30 days of establishment, continue with regular monthly Lawnifi feedings for optimal results during the active growing seasons with the Lawnifi Complete Program 9 Bottle Annual Fertilizer. The annual subscription includes three seasonal boxes for spring, summer and fall.
Overall, you can successfully start a new Florida lawn at any time of the year. The best time to lay sod in Florida, however, is during the spring and fall seasons as temperatures are cooler but grass continues to grow.
Avoid installing sod in summer as the extra water required for establishment could result in added disease pressure and increased water bills. Once the installation is complete, follow our Establishment Guide for the first 30 days after installation and then transition to a normal maintenance guide by selecting your grass type here.
For more details on caring for new sod such as watering new sod in Florida and other helpful tips, click here.
We hope this blog helps you make a decision on when to sod your new lawn for optimal results.