Best time of year to lay sod. - Knowledgebase Question

Savannah, GA
Question by jamesmctier
September 30, 2009
We live on Mercer Road at the Landings and have tried seeding several areas in our yard unsuccessfully. We would like to lay sod in these areas which would be described as mostly shaded. What type do you recommend and when should we lay it? Do you provide these services?


Answer from NGA
September 30, 2009


If the shade is very dense, grass will have a hard time getting established and staying healthy as most grasses require sunny conditions. Even partially shaded areas can be a challenge for turfgrass. The most shade-tolerant grasses are fine fescues. Since trees and grass will compete for moisture, make sure there's plenty available while the grass is getting going, and then gradually wean the lawn off irrigation. Mow the shaded area higher than sunny areas -- the grass needs more leaf surface to catch as much light as possible. Use about 10% less fertilier on the shaded area than you do on your sunny spaces. You can install sod anytime the ground is not frozen or the temperatures are not excessively high. Spring and fall are the best months. As for installation, check with your local Home Depot. They probably have a list of local landscape contractors that you can contact. An alternative is to landscape the area differently: put in raised beds, a patio or paths, and grow shade-tolerant groundcovers instead. Hope this helps!

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