When Is the Best Time of the Year to Lay Sod?

The best time to lay sods is toward the end of the growing season, when temperatures are lower but the grass continues to grow. For warm-season grasses that become dormant after frost, lay the sod when temperatures begin to warm after the dormant season, while temperatures are mild.

Sod consists of mature grass plants cut into thick rolls that contain the underlying roots and soil, making it a quick way to install a new lawn. It can take up to two years to establish the grass plants in their new home, although the carpet of sod produces an instant lawn. After laying sod, water briefly two times daily for the first two weeks and then increase the time between watering the lawn so the roots establish themselves.