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Old 05-09-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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We are moving into a new construction and closing sometime in July or August. The builder's standard is to lay seed. We want to make use the the yard fairly quickly, so we were thinking of hiring out to have sod put down. Is it practical to do so in late summer or will it all burn? Is there a certain type that would work?

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Old 05-09-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I had emerald zoysia sod laid in 100 degree heat last July and it did very well.
Of course, a $300 water bill helped it adjust.

I would think that zoysia or bermuda would do OK.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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Fescue should really wait till mid September.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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We put down Bermuda last August - the guy who did it said the hotter the better for warm weather grasses. We were actually going to wait till the fall and he said not a good idea.

As MIke said, close your eyes when the water bill comes!
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm in the same spot as OP. We had hay laid down. I researched it and decided to wait until September for the sod. Not looking forward to the muddy paws.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Fescue should really wait till mid September.
Fescue should really wait until "each" September. You will be reseeding forever.

I have given up and am switching to a warm season grass.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:43 PM
 
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I had emerald zoysia sod laid in 100 degree heat last July and it did very well.
Of course, a $300 water bill helped it adjust.

I would think that zoysia or bermuda would do OK.
^^ This

Your only option in July / August is a warm season grass like zoysia or bermuda. Putting fescue sod down in the summer is a really bad idea.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Whoops...

It was Empire Zoysia, not Emerald. FWIW. I still like it.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:30 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Not a good time to sod unless it's the warm season grasses mentioned above (and certainly not a good time to seed). As already said, $$$ water bill. Maybe install rain barrels and stock up??
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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Fescue should really wait until "each" September. You will be reseeding forever.

I have given up and am switching to a warm season grass.
That's what I'm about to do. I've tried seeding fescue three times now, and without constant watering and care, it just dies. Up next: zoysia sod.
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