Tips On How To Handle The 2018 Sod Shortage in Florida

The summer of 2018 is currently in a sod shortage that was created by the perfect storm of events. It began in the spring of 2017 when a robust economy created significant growth and led homeowners and business owners alike to purchase sod for their properties. This growth in demand and subsequent sod shortage continued throughout the summer due to high volume sales in the sports, golf, and residential sectors. Then, hurricane Harvey and Irma struck in Texas and Florida in the fall, triggering a major disruption to the sod business cycle, excessive rainfall, and even severe drought.

Now, we are beginning the summer of 2018, how should you approach Florida’s sod shortage? Summer in Florida is also the rainy season and several days of sod production will be lost to the thunderstorms that roll across the state. All sod companies in Florida deal with these same issues. Now, we are beginning the summer of 2018, how should you approach Florida’s sod shortage?

These tips will help you through the summer:

Call and Order In Advance

Typically, sod can be ordered a day or two before it is needed and will be available. But the current sod shortage in Florida is making ordering sod ahead of your project even more important. If you know you will want sod in two weeks, be sure to place your order as soon as possible so that your sod provider has enough time to fulfill your order. Prepare yourself for the possibility of a delay and remind yourself that your sod company is doing everything in its power to deliver the high-quality sod you want; some factors are simply out of their control.


Patience isn’t easy, but it’s necessary for this situation. Flooding, droughts and high demand cannot be controlled, so your sod provider is doing everything in its power to satisfy your order as quickly as possible. Remind yourself that your sod will come eventually, and after it is installed you will be so happy with the final product that you will forget the extra time you had to wait.

Don’t Settle for Subpar Sod

Settling almost always comes back to haunt you in the end. Don’t purchase an alternative or secondary type of sod simply to have it installed sooner. It is worth the wait to receive the sod that you know will be the best for your property. Otherwise, you risk paying for and installing a sod that cannot thrive in the amount of sunlight, rain, or cold weather that your home or business receives. Wait for the right sod; you’ll be glad you did.

Tom’s Sod Service, Pinellas Counties trusted source for Florida sod, has been affected by the sod shortage just like other sod providers. Call (727) 571-1119 to place your order in advance and get the answers to any other sod shortage questions you may have.