The Q&A Archives: Too Late to Plant Grass?

Question: We have our backyard dug up in hopes of getting a new lawn planted this season. But we haven't been able to get it planted. My question is whether it's too late to plant a lawn now, for the Pacific NW. And if sodding would be a better option. If it's too late for both, what can we do to keep our backyard from becoming a mud pit this Fall/Winter?

Answer: As a matter of fact, October is the prime month to seed a new lawn. The temperatures are cool, natural rainfall helps keep the seedbed moist and grass will pop up within about 10 days. Prepare the soil by raking out debris and stones, then broadcast seed, rake it in lightly, and cover with a very thin layer of peat or aged-compost. Sprinkle daily if there is no rainfall, and stand back. Your new lawn will sprout up in no time at all!

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