Can You Install Sod in the Fall? Learn Why It’s a Great Idea!

Did you know that spring and early fall are some of the best times to install sod? Due to the warm weather, it is often thought that summer is the best time to install sod. This isn’t true! Sod can be installed any time throughout the growing season, which includes fall. If temperatures fall below freezing in your area, it is not a good idea to sod in the fall. There are a couple of factors to consider when installing sod in the fall.

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Fall Means Cooler Temperatures

Autumn is one of the best times to complete any lawn projects. This is because of the cooler temperatures that are typically associated with fall as well as the occasional rainfall. These cooler temperatures are preferable, as you have less risk of your sod overheating or drying out. You still have to water regularly, but there is less intense heat drying out your sod. You also need to use less water, as with the cooler temperatures, the water isn’t evaporating as quickly. This doesn’t mean that you cannot have success in the hotter, dryer months of the summer. You simply need to be more diligent with your watering and maintenance. In other words, if you are planning on going to the cottage every weekend in the summer, it is probably best to wait for the fall to sod your lawn!

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Timing Is Key

Timing is a bit more crucial in colder months than in the hot summer months. Sod takes up to 6 weeks to develop a strong root system. It takes around 2 weeks for a shallow root system to form. This means that you need to give your sod adequate time to form its root system. Give your sod at least 4-6 weeks to grow before the ground is expected to freeze. Once the ground is frozen, your sod will not be able to continue developing its root system.

Take the Extra Time

Fall is a great time to sod. Just be sure to take the extra time and plan ahead to ensure that your sod takes root before the ground freezes. Follow the same steps as you would when installing sod in warmer months. Here is our 7-step guide for easy sod installation. If you follow the steps, you can have a beautifully sodded lawn for the following spring!

11 Responses

  1. Cynthia Lea says:

    Your information has helped Me with My adventure in laying sod. For years I always plugged away with My existing St. Augustine grass taught by My Mother. We plugged everywhere. So this week I decided to use SOD & your information on tips the proper way has given Me peace of mind. So we shall see how well I did in a few weeks. Thank you & wishing you many great seasons.

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Hey Cynthia!

      I am very happy to hear that our articles have been helpful! I hope your sod turns out beautifully. Remember to keep on top of watering until it’s fully established, and don’t forget to mow 🙂

      All the best,


  2. Daniel B. says:

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  3. Matt says:

    I appreciate your great article on sod in the fall. We have many people ask about this and is very useful advice. We are a sod installer, sod and mulch supplier for the Wasatch Front in Utah.

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Thanks for the comment Matt! Glad you liked it. Hope it can help your customers out too 🙂

      All the best,


  4. Jim Jay says:

    Do not see the 7-step guide to sod instalation.

  5. Thank you for the useful information! Many customers ask us about fall sod installation and we tell them exactly the same information.
    Good luck with your business! Please visit our blog , we also try to give useful tips on lawn care.

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Happy to hear that you’re providing the same info 🙂 Thanks for your comment and all the best in 2021!

  6. Trudy says:

    We recently had an above ground pool removed and called a landscaper to come in to give us an estimate on new sod to replace the giant sandbox left behind. He says he can come in 2-3 weeks to install the sod. This will put us at the end of October. We are in Ottawa, ON and in an area of frost. Will my sod completely die once the snow hits (anywhere around mid Nov). Is it possible to bring it back to life in the spring? Or should we just wait until the spring to install it?

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Hey Trudy,

      I hope you came up with an appropriate solution! Your sod would have been fine with a fall install, however waiting for spring isn’t a bad idea either. Whatever works best for your schedule 🙂

      Thanks and all the best!

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