Grass Seed For Fall - A Guide To Fall Grass Seeding
19.10.2023 - 05:39
/ Amy Grant
While our lawns thrive and grow green and lush during the spring months, planting grass seed should actually happen in the fall. Fall grass seeding is ideal for cool season turf grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass. While there is an optimal time for reseeding the lawn in fall, if you’ve missed the window, don’t despair; there is yet another method for laying grass season for fall. Keep reading to learn how to seed your lawn like a pro.
Fall is the best time for planting grass seed. Why? The combination of the as-yet warm soil and cooler air allow plenty of time for the new grass roots to develop before winter is upon us.
Establishment is the key to a successful lawn installation. The roots must be vigorous enough to survive the upcoming frigid temperatures, withstand harsh freezing and thawing, and also tolerate a lack of moisture.
As mentioned, cool season grasses are ideal for fall sowing. While most warm season varieties have to be established by another method, these germinate easily from seed.
While the above grasses are suited to most areas, warm southern regions will benefit from a warm season grass.
Bermuda grass is usually seeded in the late spring. A warm weather grass, Bermuda grass is a good choice for southern climates. It withstands hot temperatures, requires nominal water and can be planted in the fall or winter in warmer regions.
Before you select the type of grass you will seed, be familiar with your soil type. A soil test is a simple test that can help determine the makeup of your soil and if you need to amend it. The site should also be well prepared prior to seeding. Loosen the soil so it isn’t compact, amend if needed, and add in a couple of inches (2.5 cm) of compost.
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