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The Ultimate Guide to
Sod Installation in Oklahoma

In this article we'll explore the optimal sod varieties for Oklahoma. We'll also delve into their associated costs and the ideal times for laying to ensure growth.

transition zone

You want grass that can stand tall, come rain or shine, or in Oklahoma's case, humidity or drought.


In Oklahoma, you've got hot summers, mild winters, and a humidity that clings like a second skin. It's the kind of place that demands grass that can take the heat, laugh in the face of drought, and has roots that run deep.

Think about laying that green carpet in spring or fall. Why?

That's when Oklahoma enjoys cooler temperatures and the soil is still whispering secrets of moisture. It's just the right kind of comfy for new grass to settle in.

Most of the good grass-growing action is centered in the heart and east of Oklahoma. It's a bit more forgiving there climate-wise, which is why your grass will thank you.

What are the best sod types for OK?

In the world of landscaping, not all grasses are created equal. Each thrives in a specific climate zone: cool, warm, or transition.

A geographical map highlighting Oklahoma located in the transition zone region of the United States
Oklahoma is a transition zone state and falls in the region higlighted above

Oklahoma, with its transition zone climate, prefers a particular set of grasses that relish the a wide range of temperatures. The following sods are the easiest to grow and maintain in Oklahoma:

While it's possible to grow grasses meant for other regions with proper care, attention and timing, these are the most common grasses in Oklahoma for residential lawns.

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Recommended species for shade

Set down your sunscreen, friends, because we're headed into the shade. When life gives you shadows, we've got the grass to make your Oklahoma lawn lush.

Zoysiagrass is a champ. This thing's tough. Adapts to any soil and requires little maintenance. Four hours of sunlight is all it takes for this one. Zoysiagrass has a dense growth which resists weeds and diseases. Plus, it's drought-tolerant. Kids playing a rough game of tag won't faze it a bit.

St. Augustine grass is another strong contender on the shade-loving squad. With its broad dark green blades, it's a looker. It loves basking in the shade but can tolerate about six hours of sun, too. It's a thirsty grass, though, so make sure you keep that irrigation system handy, folks.

Then we've got Tall Fescue. Certainly not short on benefits. This grass tolerates both the shade and the Oklahoma heat. A winner against drought, too. Five hours of sunlight and it'll be your lawn's best friend. Plus, it's pretty good on the barefoot-comfort scale.

Last but not least, Kentucky Bluegrass sneaks in. Yep, it's not just for the Bluegrass State. This cool-season grass can take on the shade like a champ, given a solid four hours of sunlight. It's slow to establish but that gorgeous dense carpet of fine-textured dark green makes it worth the wait.

Got some shade on your Oklahoma lawn? These grasses are the starting lineup. Zoysiagrass, St. Augustine, Tall Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass... pick your player. A dark corner doesn't have to be a lawn hassle. Turn it into a green oasis. You've got this. Next up, we'll tackle sod selection for those Oklahoma lawns that bask in the sunnier side of things. Stay tuned.

A picture of a shade tree over a lawn in Oklahoma
Shade tree over a lawn in Oklahoma

Recommended for full sun or partial sun

When selecting sod for your lawn, it's crucial to consider the amount of sunlight the area receives. Grass varieties have different sun exposure requirements to thrive and maintain their health and appearance. Understanding whether your lawn area gets full sun or partial sun will help you choose the right sod variety.

Below are some sod options recommended for either full sun or partial sun conditions in OK:

Grass TypeSunGood to Know
BermudaFullBermuda grass thrives in full sun and is known for its drought tolerance and ability to withstand high temperatures.
ZoysiaFullZoysia grass prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. It is known for its dense turf and resistance to pests and diseases.
Tall FescuePartialTall Fescue is adaptable to a range of conditions, including partial sun, and is known for its deep root system and tolerance to drought.

What varieties stay green year-round?

As with anything agriculture related, there is some nuance to this question. There are many grasses that can stay green year round in but it depends heavily on your location within Oklahoma as well as any microclimates that may exist.

The following grasses have the ability to stay green year round in Oklahoma:

Grass TypeCaveats
BermudaIt typically goes dormant and turns brown after a few hard frosts in the fall and stays that way until temperatures consistently hit the 60s in the spring.
ZoysiaIt can stay green nearly year-round in milder climates without severe winter freezes or overly high summer temperatures.
Tall FescueIt typically stays green throughout the year in milder climates, given that it isn't overly stressed by heat or drought in the summer.

What is the best time to lay sod in Oklahoma?

For transition zones, consider the type of sod. For warm season grasses, aim for late spring. This gives them a full summer to establish before winter. For cool season grasses, fall is best, allowing roots to develop in mild temperatures. Whichever you pick, avoid extremes of summer and winter. So, late spring for warm grasses, fall for cool ones, and skip the severe seasons.

As you can see in the image below, you'll notice the most shoot growth (the grass above ground) and root growth in the spring and fall for cool season grases and during the summer for warm season grasses:

A graph showing the growth of cool season grasses throughout the year
Plant cool-season grasses during the Spring and Fall for best results
A graph showing the growth of warm season grasses throughout the year
Plant warm-season grasses in the late Spring, early Summer for best results

Find reputable companies for installing sod in OK

Here are the top problems you'll face when trying to get sod installed by a landscaping company:

  1. They're hard to get ahold of on the phone or you'll reach out online but won't hear back.
  2. It's hard to pin them down for a specific date. Because you can only bring sod from the farm when there's decent weather, this causes some delays at times. It also has a short shelf life, so it's important to get it installed within a day or two of delivery.
  3. They're not transparent about pricing. You'll often get a quote that's way higher than you'd expect.

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