Planting Grass This Spring

There is nothing like seeing a home surrounded by vibrant, green grass, but planting grass is not as easy and artless as simply laying down the seeds. It is imperative to research proper grass planting techniques and timing, this all starts with choosing the best time to plant.

So when is the best time to seed your lawn? The answer is either before or after the summer season.

Here are a few tips for growing a lush, grassy lawn: 

Should You Plant Grass During the Summer? 

It may seem that with the warm conditions and ample sun,summer  would be the perfect time to plant. However, most parts of the country get more than just extra sunlight – there is also excess heat and dry conditions at play. That means that once you plant your seed, keeping the new grass sufficiently hydrated is almost impossible without constant watering. 

The other downside of planting during the summer is that while you are completing your seeding prep work, you open yourself up to the possibility of weeds. Most weeds thrive in the summer sun and heat, and if they’re working to establish a foothold at the same time as your new seed, there’s a good chance that the weeds could get the upper hand. 

Planting Before or After Summer

The best time to plant grass is dependent upon the region in which you live.  If you live in the northern part of America, the common advice is to plant your seeds early in the fall season. The moderate temperatures that lead into the fall and early winter area allow for less watering, which both limits the weed populations and allows the grass to grow thick and full before falling dormant in winter.

For those in the southern states, the recommendation skews the other way, with most experts suggesting that the late spring is best. This time falls after some of the spring rains and allows grass to start establishing a foothold before the heat and sun of summer arrives.

If you are unsure which season is best for growth in your particular state, check out this handy chart of the U.S. grass planting climates from the USDA. You should also account for the type of grass you’ll be planting. For instance, if you’re choosing a warm-weather grass species, but planting in a northern climate, plant the grass in the spring instead so that it can take advantage of the summer months to thrive and establish a root system.

Additional Grass Planting Tips

    • Mow existing grass as short as possible
    • Plant seeds with an even coat over the lawn 
    • Cover the seeds with ¼ inch of fertilizer
    • Water the lawn often 

Grass planting is just one of the many planting projects perfect for this spring! At Cold Stream Farm, we carry several types of landscaping grasses, as well as a wide range of other plants, including shrubs, ferns, trees and more – everything you need for your home or business landscaping.

Shop our full inventory online now, or call us today at 231-464-5809 to learn more.