When is it too late to plan sod?

Asked September 28, 2017, 9:12 AM EDT

We just built a new house and want to get sod planted before winter, so it takes over the winter. Many of the contractors are backed up a few weeks. When is it too late to do this?

Livingston County Michigan

1 Response

Theoretically sod can be installed anytime the ground is not frozen. However, It is recommended to lay sod when it is actively growing. In Michigan, the best time to lay sod is September through October. Late season sodding increases establishment issues. Here is a MSU publication on sodding a lawn:
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/files/e2911.pdf