Sod Removal: When is a Good Time to Replace Your Sod?

Your lawn is something that adds attractiveness and value to your home, and it should be taken care of well. If you take the proper care of your lawn and keep up with the maintenance, your sod should not have to be replaced often, if at all. You should be watering your lawn on occasion and even more so when there is a draught, in addition to weeding and maintaining pest control. Although, sometimes even the lawn that has the best care needs to be replaced, and if you see any of these signs, it is time to replace your sod.

Bare Spots

When a lawn has bare spots that are appearing frequently and don’t seem to go away no matter how much you water them or fertilize them, it’s a sign that you need to replace the sod in that area. The bare spots could be due to an insect infestation, or the grass is simply dead and won’t soak up anymore nutrients.  Bare spots can also be due to heavy foot traffic on the lawn, or due to urine from your pets completely killing the grass.

Weed Overpopulation

If your lawn is taken over completely by weeds, then it is definitely time to replace your sod. You can try a  weed killer at first to see if you can resolve your problem that way, but you may have to start with new sod and create a new lawn. Some weeds are very persistent and will not go away until they are killed at the root, and even then you have to be careful to not leave any traces of the roots because they can grow back even if there is the smallest bit of root still left in the ground.

You Want to Change the Type of Grass

This seems like a very obvious reason, but you’ll need to replace your sod if you want a different type of grass. If your lawn came with a St. Augustine grass and you want to switch to a Bermuda grass, you’ll need to dig and till your current lawn before planting the new grass.

What Time of Year?

Depending upon what type of climate you live in, you’ll need to plan to re-sod your lawn at different times of the year. For warm climate grasses found in the southeast United States, you should sod your lawn from April to July. These grasses grow the best when they are planted during these months. For cool season grasses, you should plan to re-sod anywhere from March to Septemer.


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