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Seeding Your Lawn? Timing Matters

Useful Advice from Your Local Landscaping Experts 

From the time the snow melts and the ground thaws, till the first frost sets in, you want the lawn around your property to be a luscious expanse of green. A healthy turf requires time, effort and money, as well as favorable weather conditions. In addition to watering, mowing, raking, de-weeding and fertilizing, the timing for planting new grass seeds can significantly impact the state of your lawn. 

The appropriate seeding time for your lawn depends on the type of grass you grow, your geographical location and the local weather. Furthermore, the grass grows stronger and faster if the seed’s active growth period is aligned with your planting season. In Pennsylvania, the cool-season grasses thrive better, and most lawns feature:

  • Kentucky Bluegrass: A winter hardy grass that offers a nicely textured, high-quality turf
  • Perennial Ryegrass: Has good drought resistance and is usually blended with varieties of Bluegrass
  • Tall Fescue: Tolerance to drought, insects and diseases, this low-maintenance grass can survive in low-nutrient soil, or even without irrigation 
  • Fine Fescue: Usually mixed with other cool-season grass varieties, this grass requires minimal maintenance and is apt for shady lawns 

Based on climatic conditions, the best time to seed these grass types is late summer through early fall. The relatively warm soil, cool, sunny days interspersed with rain, and dewy conditions from dusk to dawn create the ideal setting to grow beautiful, dense-rooted grass that strengthens your overall turf. Moreover, if you plant the cool-season grasses in fall, the seedlings will enjoy favorable growth conditions for two full seasons, fall as well as spring. 

Tips to Prepare Your Lawn for Seeding

Whether you are starting from scratch, filling in bald spots or overseeding an existing lawn, planting the grass seeds at the appropriate time will help the seedlings to germinate well and develop deep roots for a thick, lush turf. Before planting the seeds, preparation is key. Here are some tips to make your lawn ready for seeding:

  • Rake the area and remove any dried leaves or debris. 
  • Add approximately 2 centimeters of lawn soil to level out bare or low patches. 
  • Distribute the grass seeds evenly and rake once again to mix them well with the new layer of soil.
  • Stomp the area with flat-soled shoes so that the seeds firmly set into the soil. For larger areas, use a lawn roller, filled with water to 1/3rd of its capacity. 
  • Fertilize your seeded area with a good quality seed starter. This will boost the root growth and help the new grass to establish itself quickly.  
  • Water the seeded area and keep the soil moist until the grass grows at least three centimeters tall.

Since much of the initial development happens underground, the seeds planted in fall will start showing above-ground growth only in early spring. Once the shoots are around 3.5 to 4 inches tall, you can start mowing that patch regularly.

Entrust your Lawn Care to the Professionals 

When you have set your eyes on a luscious lawn, be prepared to do your research and put in several hours of work to prepare the turf, plant the seeds, procure the right soil and seed starter, and perform other traditional tasks such as raking and mowing. For time-saving, professional and reliable lawn maintenance, count on Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. Take advantage of our decades of experience, trained staff and a broad range of services, including lawn care, seasonal yard and garden management and irrigation systems. 

Looking for lawn care experts in and around Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County? Call Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. at (215) 822-3886 or contact us using our online form and we will be in touch with you soon. 

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