New sod in winter - Knowledgebase Question

Austin, TX (Zone 8B)
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Question by prabhasri
December 8, 2005
I'm a first time home buyer and my closing date is end of this month. The builder has sodded my frontyard, backyard and sideyard of my home with St. Augustine's grass. I'm really worried if its a good idea to have them sod during this wintery times. Can you please suggest:

1. How to take care of the newly sodded lawn against such harsh winter season?

2. Will the grass grow normally after this winter is gone?

I'd appreciate your response.

Answer from NGA
December 8, 2005
It is not a great time to sod and you may lose some to cold injury if the winter is unseasonably cold. However bare soil erodes and invites winter weed invasion. You have had a very dry season, so keep the sod moist with frequent watering for the first few weeks. Then taper the watering schedule off to just enough to keep the soil moist should it not rain in the winter season. Hopefully it will turn out fine and come out with new growth in March and April. Fertilize the first time in mid April.

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