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Why Spread Sod When It's 40 Degrees ?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by LawnMowerKing10, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. LawnMowerKing10

    LawnMowerKing10 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 831

    Today , I was on my way home and saw a local contractor out spreading Sod at the new school being built when it is 40 degrees and going to snow 3 inches tomorrow . Why would you spread sod in the middle of winter ?
  2. because your up against a deadline and the general says get it done.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Is the ground frozen?
  4. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 909

    We lay sod year-round in mississippi. Never had any problems. We won't lay sod on frozen ground but we lay it all winter
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  5. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 446

    We lay it all winter also n NC. Needs alot less water when its dormant.
  6. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    Because you can! - that's why it cost so much - it fits in lots of windows of opportunity$$. Should be fine.
  7. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    should be no problem. the snow will also keep it watered in for a while
  8. Showpropserv

    Showpropserv LawnSite Member
    from mn
    Posts: 242

    whats the prob the latest one we have done in mn was mid november the high for the day was 30. Turned out great in the spring and yes that sod was frozen
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Now that's pushing the envelope... good to know... and glad to hear it... :)
  10. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I've wondered this myself. I didn't think sod would send roots down while it's dormant... ]

    Local high school just a couple blocks from me had sod laid, a LOT of it in mid december. followed by NO water for 2 or 3 weeks. I saw one one warm day a few weeks back they had the irrigation on, but there looked to be broken lines or missing heads as the water was just flowing out of the ground by the sidewalk near the road for several hours. Go low bidder!

    I'm curious to see the outcome in april. I don't think it's going to matter much, they won't care for it anyway. What was laid last summer half died by fall because of too much water, than not enough, then letting it get a foot tall before mowing, then cutting at like 2". What a huge waste of MY money!!!

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