questions about sod & some plant identification

questions about sod & some plant identification

When my husband and I bought our house last November, the yard was nothing but weeds. We know we're going to have to redo the entire yard. One question I have is, when would be the best time to place sod. I live in Orlando {Zone 9}. Also, we have this rogue armadillo cruising our neighborhood searching all of our yards for grubs and leaving behind many, many holes. If I put in fresh sod, would he stop? If not, is there a type of grass I can put down that would be less inviting? I don't want to spend all that money for pretty new grass only to have it torn up by this nuisance. As for some plant identification, I'm a newb when it comes to this stuff. I've tried looking up on gardening sites, but I'm completely lost. Thank you for ANY help you can give me.
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