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When to Plant Grass Seed in Spring in Mn

When to Plant Grass Seed in Spring in Mn

When to Plant Grass Seed in Spring in Mn

First, why are you reseeding? For example, is the grass underneath your favorite oak tree thinning? Has the oak tree’s canopy expanded so that sunlight cannot protrude it? Is it likely that your favorite oak tree grows it is taking more water and nutrients to survive, and leaving less water and nutrients for the grass nearby? If this sounds familiar, or if your case is completely different, look to make changes (e.g. watering, pruning, etc) so you don’t find yourself in another reseeding project soon.

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In cool weather states like Minnesota, the best time to plant grass seed is late summer to early fall. This time frame gives the cool weather grass seeds (e.g. Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescues, perennial ryegrass, etc.) the best chance for survival. This time frame is also past any extreme heat from the summer months. Established grasses will be going dormant at winter approaches, giving the growing seeds a better chance of grabbing essential nutrients. Lawns seeded in late summer and early fall are more likely to fill in completely for winter and produce a thicker turf appearance the following spring. And with the onset of fall, the nights are growing longer and cooler which will help any new grass stay moist and not dry out.During the growing season, grass can grow at almost any time but there are a couple of considerations to keep in mind. If you have an opportunity to select the time you plant, wait until the day before or the day of a rain shower to plant your grass seed. A gentle watering will help the seeds germinate. However, if a thunderstorm or significant rainfall is in the forecast, you may want to delay your plans. Too much rain on virgin or prepared soil will cause the seeds to runoff towards nearby storm drains. Causing you to literally watch your seeds go down the drain. On the other hand, if you plant seeds during a drought it will be very difficult to keep them irrigated enough to help them establish roots.

If you plant your grass seeds and they germinate, you should see new sprouts in about two weeks. If two weeks have passed and there are no grass sprouts, then reseed and be sure to water properly. The most important factor when planting grass seed is the proper amount of water. Frequent and timely irrigation to ensure that the soil is moist during germination is best. Too much irrigation will turn your yard into a lake and cause the grass seed to wash away.There are several factors that are going to affect the success of your spring lawn seeding. Spring is usually a time when our area receives regular rainfall. Because the seed bed needs to stay moist during the germination period of 2 - 3 weeks, this means that the homeowner doesn't have to work as hard to provide irrigation. On the other hand, when we do receive precipitation, it may be in the form of thunderstorms which can wash away freshly sown grass seed, especially if your seeding is on a slope. (Source: www.turftechlawnservices.com)

 

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