Seasonal fall and spring rains help keep germinating seed and seedling evenly moist.
With early fall planting, seed gets a full fall growing season. Then spring brings another period of cool-season growth before summer stress arrives. Seeding with high-performance seed such as The Rebels ® Brand Extended Root Seed Varieties offers even greater protection against heat and potential drought. These outstanding turf-type tall fescues grow 40 percent more roots at deeper depths than ordinary grass seed, offering greater heat and drought tolerance as well as improved nutrient uptake.
Optimal spring planting times vary by location. In transition zone lawns, ideal conditions may arrive in March. Farther north, favorable conditions may wait until April or even early May. In most of tall fescue’s growing range, the landscape provides timing clues. Early-flowering yellow forsythia bushes bloom when soil temperatures reach 55 F. Confirm soil temperature with a soil thermometer, and plan tall fescue seeding accordingly.
Spring Planting of Tall Fescue
Fall is the ideal time for seeding or overseeding tall fescue lawns.
Tall fescue seed needs soil temperatures near 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit for thorough germination and strong root development. These soil temperatures roughly correspond to fall and spring air temperatures in the range of 68 to 77 F. 1
By timing tall fescue seeding to coincide with these conditions in your growing region, you work with natural advantages instead of against them — whether you seed in fall or spring. Your tall fescue seed gets off to a strong start, before seasonal stresses of winter or summer arrive.
Ideal fall seeding time for turf-type tall fescues, such as The Rebels ® Brand Tall Fescue Blend, varies depending on where you live. In general, plant tall fescue at least 45 days before your region’s typical first fall frost date. This allows time for the 7- to 21-day germination period for turf-type tall fescue plus adequate time for roots to establish before winter comes.
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How long does grass seed stay good? About 2 years if kept dry
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THOR: (Tall fescue) Top rated variety due to its excellent color, density, green up, and disease resistance. Thor has shown resistance to Brown Patch and Pythium Blight. Thor has exceptional dark green color, rated high in genetic and winter color. Aggressive tillering and excellent spring greenup makes it a great application for home lawns, parks, sod production, sports fields and commercial properties