Will grass seed grow right now with this weather? - Knowledgebase Question

Las Vegas, Ne
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Question by icm2bnvizub
September 3, 2010
A customer would like to have grass seed planted right now, I wouldn't lke to know if it will work and how to make it most successful.

Answer from NGA
September 3, 2010
Warm season grass such as bermuda will sprout during the hot summer months but cool season grasses should not be broadcast until late October when the weather is cooler. In areas such as Las Vegas, bermuda is the summer turfgrass of choice and it is overseeded with perennial ryegrass in the fall. Bermuda will remain green during the hottest months of the summer but will go dormant in October when the weather cools. Perennial ryegrass is usually sown in October, right over the bermuda. The ryegrass will green up just as the bermuda is going dormant. Then in April, when the weather begins to warm up again, the ryegrass will go into dormancy but the bermuda will begin to green up. Now that you have some background information, here's what I'd suggest: wait until October and plant perennial ryegrass seeds. Water the lawn several times a day to keep the seeds moist. They should germinate in about 10 days and should remain green through most of the winter. In April, when the ryegrass begins to die down, overseed with bermuda. It will sprout in about 14 days and will remain green all summer long. In October, overseed the bermuda with more ryegrass. Best wishes with your lawn and I hope this response makes it to your unique email address!

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