Grass Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Nanuet, NY
Question by nymfan13
October 12, 1999
I am planting grass and I was woundering what temperature I can plant grass seed. I don't want it to be too cold so the seed does not germinate.


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Answer from NGA
October 12, 1999

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When planting grass seed the soil temperature is more important than the air temperature. Grass seed germinates best when the soil temperature is around 65 degrees, so the longer you wait the cooler the soil will be and the longer the seed will take to germinate. The plants will also need time to become established before the cold weather hits, so late summer to early fall or (second choice) early spring are the best times to plant grass seed.

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