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A lush green yard is what everybody strives for, but it can be a challenge to obtain. Unfortunately, there is much more to green grass than simply sun and water. A beautiful green yard is often the result of using the right fertilizer, aeration technique, and type of grass seed. The time in which the grass seed was planted is also an important factor. To complicate matters further, the type of grass seed planted and when to plant it varies from state to state.
Guidelines For The Best Time Of Year To Plant Grass Seed
Choose The Correct Grass Seed
Before seeding, identify the type of turf currently growing in your lawn. If starting from scratch, select a turf type suited to grow in your region, and remember the specific requirements of your yard.
Grass seed labels help you determine characteristics of the grass, such as the amount of daylight, hardiness and moisture requirements. Turf grasses are either cool-season grasses or warm-season grasses. In general, where you live determines your lawn type.
Know The Difference Between Cool Weather and Warm Weather Grasses
As you might expect, these grasses grow better in their respective climates. Cool weather grasses grow better in areas that have cooler summers and winters, and warm weather grasses grow better in areas that have warmer summers and winters.
Seed cool weather grass seeds in late summer to early fall. This gives these grasses the best chance of survival. They don't have to deal with the heat of the summer and established grass will start going dormant soon which will give your germinating seeds a better chance of grabbing up essential nutrients.
Seed warm weather grass seeds in early spring and into the summer. Wait until temperatures get above 65°F during the day and then seed. This will allow the warm weather grasses to get the benefit of warm temperatures that come with summer while giving them time to become established before cooler weather in the fall.
Plant in regards to the grass seed and not the area you live in. For example, if you decide to plant warm weather grass in a colder climate then sow the seeds in the spring when temperatures have risen and not in fall.
Look At Weather Conditions Before Grass Seeding
While grass can grow at almost any time during the growing season, there are a couple of weather considerations to make. Look for any storms that may be coming up. You'll be more successful if you sow the seeds just before a rain shower. However, if you plant the seeds just before a downpour or thunderstorm you may be washing your seeds down the drain. Also, do not plant during an extreme cold snap or heat wave. These abnormal temperatures will make it difficult for the seeds to germinate.
Overall, there are many factors to consider before you seed your grass. If you do your research and are aware of weather conditions and grass type in your area, you should have a positive experience seeding your lawn.
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