When to Plant Grass Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Knoxville, TN
Question by AMASCIA889
February 16, 2000
When is the ideal time to plant a cool season grass seed in my area? I'm looking at sowing Kentucky Bluegrass and a fescue combined.


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Answer from NGA
February 16, 2000

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Fall is the ideal time to plant cool-season grasses. The reason is because seeds require a certain minimum soil temperature before they will germinate. For cool-season grasses, the soil temperature is between 55 and 60F. Seeds planted in the late summer and early fall, given proper moisture, will germinate rapidly and establish quickly. If a spring seeding is necessary, consider doing it as the frost comes out of the ground. The frost cracks provide crevices in which the seeds can lodge until the soil warms up enough for it to germinate.

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