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Old 04-25-2014, 02:56 PM
 
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We are doing fescue because we have it at our current Raleigh house and can deal with watering in the summer in order to avoid 4-6 months of brown bermuda which we don't like.

That being said, we close in late-May and the landscaper and builder both have recommended we don't plant sod until the fall. We are talking about 5,000 square feet of grass here. While I agree with them the credit I get for not sodding (they would hay straw & seed the lawn instead) is a measly $500. I know it would cost me a lot more than that to get someone to sod that area in the fall. (At 50-cents per square foot that is $2,500.)

So I have 3 options:

1) Given my credit is only $500 we just do the sod anyway and take our chances. Even though we all know it is a bad time for it we'd still have a sod "base" there that we can rejuvenate in the fall.
2) Don't sod now, suck it up and pay the extra $$ to sod in the fall.
3) Don't sod ever....just keep doing the aeration/overseeding programs and hopefully in a year or two the lawn looks decent.

What would you do? Thanks in advance for your thoughts....
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:04 PM
 
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$500 credit? I would sod and hope for the best. You might get lucky if you have an irrigation system and Mother Nature assists. Such a best case scenario will have you aerating and seeding patches in fall. Worst case... the yard looks like the Sun took up residence and will result in a thatch, till, and seed fall season exercise. If you decide to sod, truck in some blended soil now depending on the yard condition. Builder will spread it for you as long as it doesn't upset the grading.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:05 PM
 
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Sod & water. Sod can make it through the summer if watered well. Seed will not.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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Sod. Water often. I would do it.

Seed won't survive if planted in May. I think they're trying to get out of laying sod.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:20 PM
 
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There is a requirement for at least some seeding to even get a certificate of occupancy so I would go with the sod and hope for the best.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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The fescue rain gods shall smile upon us this summer. We could do a rain dance or seed clouds as insurance, given all the fescue fans in this area.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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Either just have them agree to do the sod later or give a legit credit for it or go ahead with it. You might ask if you can have the landscaper till the yard up before the sod goes down as that will help it root much better and give you more of a chance. You can also have them put down a crap ton of lime when tilling too.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Cary
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Do you have an irrigation system? That will make the sod doable. If you don't have an irrigation system either DIY for very low $ or pay someone to install one.
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