Too late to put down sod?

doubletrouble81April 13, 2012

Hi everyone!

Is it gone too hot to install new sod this year? My backyard is heavily shaded, but I'm still worried it may already be too warm here in Austin.. Also, I was gonna get St.Augustine DelMar turf since it does good with shade, good/bad decision?

I have been trying to get my backyard graded and sod put down since January, but thanks to my bank lengthy loan approvals I wasn't be able to get started as early as I liked! grrr!! :)

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You might think about posting this on the Lawn Care Forum. There are a couple of Central Texas "Old Hands" over there.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 8:28PM
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not too late as long as you water everyday for the first week, then about every other day for the 2nd week, and just taper off slowly to about twice per week, then once per week.

i've put down sod during the summer. one summer the city did some work on the drainage system and tore through the sidewalks in the whole neighborhood, after they redid my sidewalk and curb, and laid down the new sod, i watered it in and walked on top of it over every square inch. then followed the watering regiment i mentioned above. another summer i dug up a large patch of dallis grass, and resodded with cheap st augustine.

lots of water and tamp it down so the roots are touching the soil beneath.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 9:38PM
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tx_ag_95(7/8 Lewisville)

I second HoustonTexas123's advice. I think the main problem our turf grasses have is the amount of water they receive. If you're willing to baby them through this summer and next winter,they should do fine for you.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 11:20PM
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Yep... just keep it watered and tamped down. Its not too late.. We had ours done in June/July one year... as long as you keep it watered it will be fine.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 11:51PM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

It is a perfect timing to put down new sod.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2012 at 8:20PM
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