planting grass sprigs in Dallas/FtWorth area in the Fall
You have not indicated what type grass you plan on installing, however below is some general information on warm season grasses for the DFW area which you may find helpful. If you need further assistance please send another email with your specific question with appropriate details.
The average first frost in the DFW area is between November 21 and the 30th, with Dallas being November 22nd. The average date for the last frost is between March 10 and the 15th.
Sprigs. Some turfgrasses that spread by stolons may be
harvested and used to establish new turf. This process is
referred to as sprigging, and it is used primarily for
establishing hybrid bermudagrasses. Sprigging costs more
than seeding but less than sodding. Sprigs are sold by the
bushel. A bushel of sprigs is approximately equal to 1
square yard of shredded sod. Turf should be sprigged in the
spring to early summer period in order to get as
completely established as possible before winter.
Turfgrass establishment methods suited to or
available for use in Texas.
Grass Species Seed Sod** Plug Sprig
Bermudagrass Yes* Yes Yes Yes
Buffalograss Yes Yes Yes NR#
Centipedegrass Yes Yes NR NR
St. Augustinegrass NA## Yes NR NR
Zoysiagrass Yes* Yes Yes NR
Tall fescue Yes Yes NA NA
Kentucky bluegrass Yes NA NA NA
Texas bluegrass NA Yes NA NA
*Seeded types are typically not available as sod. Most improved
bermudagrass, zoysiagrass and St. Augustinegrass do not
produce viable seed and are only available as sod, plugs, or
**Sod producers may grow only certain grass species or
varieties of individual species and may or may not market plugs
# NR not the preferred or recommended method as successful
large scale establishment is difficult
## NA may not be available in Texas or not appropriate method
North Texas is no longer under drought conditions at this time.