Fall grass seeding

jmakoNovember 17, 2009

Hi all, I've seen a few postings regarding fall grass seeding, but my question was a little more specific. I'm curious is my window of opportunity has already closed for this season. Normally I would say yes, given its Nov 16th, however it's also been unseasonably warmer than past Novembers. Any advice? Thx, John

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jmako

Oops... I'm in Stow, Ma :o)

    Bookmark   November 17, 2009 at 7:32PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Paul Tukey, in his latest newsletter from safelawns.org, says:

"CAN I STILL APPLY GRASS SEED? A few folks are still asking that question as we approach December. If you live north of Washington, D.C., in the East or San Francisco in the West, IÂd tell you to wait Âtil next year. Seed applied now or later this fall and winter probably wonÂt germinate in time and, even if it does, it wonÂt have enough time to establish its roots before winter. In the meantime, though, if you have bare spots itÂs not a bad idea to hit these with a compost mulch. That will help prevent winter soil erosion and any early-season germination of weed seeds."

Are you talking about a major seeding project or just some bare spots? If it's a small area, it's not going to hurt anything except your wallet, so you could always try some seed. I'd worry about larger areas being exposed to weather and eroding unless you plan to cover the seeds well with hay or some other mulch.

Claire

    Bookmark   November 17, 2009 at 8:48PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

The upside of trying to seed now is that if the seeds don't germinate because the soil is too cold, and if the birds don't eat them, then the seeds will probably germinate early in the spring and get a head start on growth.

Claire

    Bookmark   November 17, 2009 at 8:54PM
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jmako

Thank you!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2009 at 9:12PM
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