Customers Ask – “Can I Lay Sod Over Existing Grass?”
Call 281-431-7441. The short answer to “can I lay sod over existing grass” is that it’s not a good idea. Some customers spray their existing lawn with Round-Up and then use a Weed Eater to cut the dead grass close to the soil level. That debris would need to be removed from the project area before laying new sod over it. That can work, but if it’s not done carefully then you could have problems.
Here’s what Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine says:
Can I lay sod over my existing grass? We talked about that a little earlier. You can do that, but we do not advise it. At the very least we recommend that you cut the existing grass down with a weed eater and then lay the grass over that. However, if you do do that without spraying the Bermuda grass, primarily Bermuda grass is the normal culprit. What will happen is that even if you, whether you use a sod cutter or a weed eater, if you just cut that grass out and leave those roots in the ground you’re going to wind up, a year or two later, the Bermuda grass is going to come through your clean, pure grass and try to take it over.
So at a very minimum, even if you decided that you want to lay sod over existing grass, you would want to spray it with Round-Up and then cut it out with a weed eater. We do not advise that you just go out and buy a pallet of grass and lay it over without cutting it down. Whatever is just laying there, the air pockets that would be created when you did that would probably be just too many and it would take an enormous amount of water to get that dirt on dirt contact that we talked about, where the dirt on the bottom of the [block of] grass and the dirt that’s there. First all the wet material is going to have to rot down to the dirt to get rid of that. You’re probably creating some future problems for yourself.
Houston Grass South is the distribution point for Houston for the Romine’s family grass sod farm located in Bay City, TX. We’ve been in the grass business for more than 30 years and we’ve done that by focusing on growing the best quality sod in Houston at prices that rival the big box stores. Call us at 281-431-7441 or use our Contact Form to request a quote!