Sod Yard Before Winter?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by AFM Contracting, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. AFM Contracting

    AFM Contracting LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I had a guy call me today who wants his yard graded and sodded BEFORE winter. He just built the house and wants to sell it but wants it sodded. I told him its too late, but he insists... is there any possible way it will live?

    Thanks, Al
  2. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    If he insists I would write up a contact that says in detail that the install is for the grass only and that due to the time of year you will not be responsible for anything after the install. Put something in there that even states you advised against installing this time of year. I would have this stuff in my contact anyways if your only installing the grass. I have seen many builders around here install grass and the homeowners move in and do nothing with it as far as watering and in 1-2 months its ugly.
  3. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    we were sodding this week, put it in a contract and have at it
  4. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    I sodded a whole lawn in November once and it came in great. Good prep work a must.
  5. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    i remember new house being built last year was sodded and it snowed that same week and its still alive and looks good was right when it was getting real cold
  6. g5cutsgrass

    g5cutsgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    The sod should take if soil temp is 50 degrees or more for a week or so until the roots net in.
  7. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    you can sod overtop snow year rond work for us
  8. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 378

    My question is, is there a place to buy sod in your area this time of year? If not it makes your answer easy to him.
  9. Doug Z.

    Doug Z. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    that was my question. In Green Bay, I did a 2000sqft sod job on the Friday after Thanksgiving. When I called for the sod, she said that chances are they were done cutting on that fri.

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