Essentials For Growing Grass Seed In Your Lawn

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.

Pretty much everyone at least thinks about seeding areas of the lawn in the spring. Now, for me, the best time to throw down and grow grass seed is in the fall, but if your lawn has major thin areas or bare spots, you may need to go ahead and get it done now.

Growing Grass Seed

The first thing to realize is that you are not gonna be able to throw down any crab grass pre-emergent this year. Crab grass controls stop crab grass seed from germinating, and they do the same to your Kentucky Bluegrass or Perennial Rye. So if you’re gonna seed, learn to live with a little crab grass, too.

Next, remember the three “musts” for proper grass seed growing:

1) Moisture: If you cannot keep the seed wet, it will severely hamper the germination rates you get. Don’t just rely on the rain — go out and water the seeded areas for a few minutes each morning, just to keep the little beauties moist. It does not take a lot of water, but it does take consistent water… get it?

2) Warmth/Heat: Another thing to realize is that grass seedlings are susceptible to extreme temperatures, and in the spring time, night freezes and frosts are the main concern. You want temps to be above 50 consistently day and night for optimum seed growth.

3) Seed-Soil Contact: New grass roots need somewhere to dig in and that is why there has to be some soil around. Grass seed that collects in your lawn’s thatch layer is gonna have trouble, so make sure you rake out areas before seeding. If you really wanna get results, cover the top of the seed with soil, as well.

That’s it guys, pretty simple. If you can follow these tips, you should be able to grow grass seed anywhere, anytime!


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