Regardless of the time of year that you seed, there is one constant requirement: water. Turfgrass seed requires moisture for up to a month, depending on the type of grass seed. If the seed dries out at any time after it has become moist, it will die. The majority of homeowners make the mistake of putting seed out and not watering it…and then wondering why they didn’t see any results.
There are many benefits of seeding in the fall. Firstly, it will help thicken up any areas that may have been thinned out during the summer months. Another big benefit is that it introduces better cultivars to a lawn that may have been planted or sodded 20+ years ago. Every year, seed growers improve grass hybrid species to have better drought and disease tolerance than the year before. Overseeding is a great way to help introduce these more tolerant species of grass to your lawn. The result is fewer turf diseases and a smaller water requirement down the road.
Hard to believe we’re already well into September and the kids are getting settled back into their school routines.
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Speaking of which, one lawn care routine that we look forward to in the month of September is the start of seeding season. With this month’s cooler temperatures and more frequent rainfall, there is a great opportunity to make huge improvements in your lawn before winter hits. Most people don’t realize that the period between September and early November is the best time to seed your lawn – even better than in the springtime! This is because you often get too much fluctuation in temperature (both air and soil) during the spring season, not to mention excessive rainfall. This makes it difficult to get optimal seeding results.
While there are many different ways of seeding your lawn, Weed Man will typically do it in combination with aeration or by using a split seeder. Because seed requires some soil contact, combining overseeding with aeration or split seeding is a great way to make that happen. I’ve seen homeowners just throw seed out over their lawns without thinking about soil. This is a waste of money, as it is unlikely that much seed will germinate without soil contact.
Watering is the biggest component of getting your seed to germinate, as seeds require up to 4 weeks of daily watering ensuring that they stay moist. If the seed dries out at any time after you have started watering it, it will die. Some tips for seeding include:
• The best time to seed is in the fall when the soil temperatures are warm and nights are cooler
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• Soil temperatures must be above 55 degrees F in order for the seed to germinate
• Water daily for 15 – 20 minutes in order to keep the seed moist, especially if there is no supplemental water from natural rainfall
• Combining Overseeding with Mechanical Core Aeration or Top Dressing service will ensure the seed makes contact with the soil, which is essential for successful grass growth