Planting Grass Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Clinton, MD
Question by DeborahLWo
May 25, 2007
What are the best times for planting grass in my region (Maryland)? My lawn is mostly crab grass. It has been cleared, but since it's almost summer, I wonder if I should wait until the Fall or next Spring to try planting seed. Is it ever too late or too hot to start ? What kind of grass is best (low maintenance)? Size of yard is 3/4 acre, very shaded (old trees in back), very sunny with few trees in front. Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
May 25, 2007

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The best time of year to seed a lawn is late summer to early September. Lawn grass needs full sun all day or for at least a half a day to stay healthy, so if you have a shady area you may want to consider using a ground cover instead. Your state extension service offers detailed information on establishing lawns at their web site, such as Lawn Renovation, Establishment and Seeding:

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/garde...

Their web site also offers information on the soil testing you should do before you plant:

http://www.hgic.umd.edu/

Good luck with your lawn!

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