Can You Lay Grass Sod in Fall and Winter?

Can You Lay Grass Sod in Fall and Winter in Houston?

People ask us if they can lay sod in fall and winter in the Houston area and the answer is “yes”!  Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine talks about laying grass sod in the fall and winter in this video.  If you have questions about the kind of grass sod best suited to your project, please call us at 281-431-7441.

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Summary of Laying Grass Sod in the Fall and Winter

Can you plant grass sod in the fall and winter in the Houston area? Absolutely. You can lay grass sod year round and we sell grass to our customers throughout the year.

The best time of year to plant grass is March, April, and May. Those are the times of year that the temperatures are moderate and the grass is growing that at its fastest pace. It’s going to put down roots the fastest. You’re not going to have to water it as much.

Planting Grass in Summer Requires More Water

You get to summer and it gets real hot. You can still plant grass, but our water bill is definitely going to show it keeping your grass alive and growing.

Fall is the Second Best Time of Year to Lay Grass Sod

The fall is also a pretty good time of year. That would be my second pick as far as time of year to plant grass because the temperatures moderate a little bit. It’s not so hard on the grass, you don’t have to water quite as much. 

You Can Plant Grass Sod in the Winter in the Houston Area

But then we get into winter. You still get days above 80 degrees and the even in the seventies, the grass is going be growing a little bit and putting down roots. But basically this time of year, you’re laying the grass out there. It’s not growing. It stays in the block.

You put it down, water it real good the first day, and the grass is just laying there for the winter. You have to keep the heavy foot traffic off of it for the winter. As soon as those temperatures warm up in the springtime, it’ll green up, put down roots, and go on down the road.

If you’ve bought a new house with a yard of bare dirt or you’ve got a dog that’s wallered a hole in the backyard, you need to do something about it. In fact if you’re buying or building a new home, you probably won’t be able to close without covering your yard with grass sod.  

Grass that’s brown and isn’t growing is better than dirt and mud through the winter, and the grass sod in your yard will help keep children and pets from tracking mud into your home.

I tell everybody that the ideal time to plant grass is March, April and May, but I’m not gonna look at mud for an entire winter waiting on the temperatures to warm up a little bit. Put the grass out there, it’ll be fine.

It’s Better to Cover the Bare Spots with Dormant Grass than Invite Weed Seeds Into Your Yard

If you’re wondering whether to leave areas of bare dirt alone until springtime, please remember that weeds will get established in that bare dirt and you’ll have to get rid of those weeds as a first step in any springtime lawn sodding project.  It’s better and cheaper to cover the dirt with grass sod now and prevent those weed seeds from taking root.

We do advise that you keep as much of the heavy traffic off the grass sod as you can until it greens up and begins to put down roots.  You’ll also need to water the grass even though it’s not growing during cold periods.  Just as with an established lawn, your grass should receive one inch of water every two weeks — either from sprinklers or from Mother Nature.

The only case that I can imagine where the grass would could not survive is if you have a really harsh winter. By that I mean multiple days well below freezing in the teens and twenties. Other than that, the grass would be fine to plant year round.

Call Us for Answers to Your Questions

If you have any questions about laying sod in the cooler months of the year, please call us at 281-431-7441.  Houston Grass is located on McKeever Road, just off of Highway 6 and just a few miles east of Sienna.

We’re a family owned business and we take great pride in the quality of our grass products.  Our family has been growing top quality grass at our farm outside Bay City for more than 30 years.  Check the reviews and feedback we’ve received from our customers!

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