Some would argue Spring, others Autumn; still others say
anytime...except maybe when the ground is frozen. But, I think there
are some questions first - the answers which may help lead you to the
time that is best for you.
From seed? What kind? Laying sod? Fill in bare patches only?
Google - grass planting season
I'm planting from seed. I started a small patch, with some
seed/fertilizer mixture, and it's starting to sprout little bits just
like the instructions say it should. But before I do the whole rest of
our yard, I figure I should make sure it's the best time. Seems like
maybe I should wait for next spring? I don't know, there seem to be a
mixed bag of suggestions. Maybe it doesn't really matter.
what type of grass are you using? Warm season or cool season grass. My
experience with grasses like turf ryes and fescues is that autumn is a good
time to plant (coolish weather before any frosts arrive and reasonable
rainfall), that is around april in the sth hemisphere. Spring is also fine.
Avoid summer for these types of grasses and deep winter.
where there are seasons fall is the best time to plant grass because most weed
dont sprout as fall approaches. the grass has a chance to get a bit ahead with
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The 'mixed bag of suggestions' seems to center around you needing to do
some more homework on the type of seed you're sowing. It appears though
that you're using some general purpose seed purchased at one of the home
stores, which may negate the need for the homework, since you're not
sowing a specific seed type. However, it still would be a good idea to
check into the subject as much as you can.
There was a show (Grow it and Mow it) on the DIY network about lawn
basics. As I recall, one of the questions was "when to plant seed", the
expert answered "anytime", as long as you do proper ground preparation,
seeding, and follow up care. It seems most failures are caused by
improper ground prep and follow up, mostly ground prep though. For
example, simply sowing seed on bare dirt that hasn't been properly
tilled may allow the seed to germinate and begin to grow, but not allow
it to establish a strong root structure, so it dies off after a few
weeks. Additionally, simply putting down a few inches of top soil on
compacted earth has the same effect due to soil stratification. If
you're sowing seed in an already established lawn, there's still prep
work that needs to be done, just different than bare earth.
On 7 Aug 2006 11:54:45 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My guess is fall. To find out for sure, talk with local nurseries. I
plant in mid-September if at all possible, east TN. At that time the
ground is warm and the grass (fescue) can become established without
any drought during the (short) winter.
Look at the natural/domesticated grasses in your area. Then see when they
Basically, that's when you should seed.
"Planting" sod is best done when the new-growth season starts in your area -
That said - Most perennial grass seeds will sprout and sod will take nearly
all times of the year when soil temps are above roughly 50F. Some midwest
grasses will sprout in temperatures lower than that.
(How many of those planted will actually sprout at the partticular temp
is more to the question.)
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