The Q&A Archives: Back yard grass seed?

Question: We just moved into a newly built home that replaced a home that was destroyed by fire about 6 years ago. The front yard was sod planted but the back and sides were seeded. Recently the septic system had to be replaced and that did away with the back yards grass. We had 3 loads of top soil brought in & spread out over the back to help with the slope and holes etc. What seed do you recomment for that area? I'd like to plant centipede but am having trouble finding it. It's early July now and I'd like to plant it when it would have the best results. Does it need to be covered with something, last time the seed just ran into various spots after a rain.

Answer: Centipede grass is only available in plugs or sprigs so if you want to seed your own grass, you are limited to bentgrass or fescue. Bermuda (again in sod or plugs) is also a good choice for your area. If you are seeding, fall is the best time to broadcast seeds. The cooler weather and natural rainfall will help the roots establish well before winter arrives. You may also find a grass seed mixture customized for your growing area in the garden center or local nurseries.

After broadcasting the seeds, cover with a thin layer of peat moss to keep the seedbed moist and to deter hungry birds. Grass seed normally germinates in 7-10 days.

Best wishes with your new lawn!

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