Best time to plant grass seed/what kind

moparstoneMay 23, 2011

Greetings all,

I am looking to "rebuild" my back yard, I put weed/grass killer on it last year since I was going to be deployed to Afghanistan and its on a steep hill, the price was outragous to have a service cut it. I am on the KY/TN border area mid-sate and there is nothing but rock and clay. We have been here 5+ years and this whole time there has been nothing but weeds. I want to get a decent grass footprint going here without weeds, nothing to extravagant just something that can be cut down without tearing up mowers/blades/decks etc.

Thanks!

Ryan

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tngreenthumb(z6 TN)

Generally speaking, you want to plant grass in the fall or early spring. The grass needs time to sprout and get some growth before hot weather.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 1:24PM
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heathersgarden(6b/7a Mid TN)

Up here, and esp in KY I'd say go with a 'cool-season' grass, like tall fescue. Warm season grasses like zoysia and bermuda are great for summer droughts, but are brown all winter and half-way into spring. Plus as a gardener, I think they're a nightmare beyond words they way they creep into beds. You'll need to amend your soil to keep the grass healthy.

Another option. When we first moved onto our property it was barren, so we planted white clover and were very pleased with how well it grew, stayed green throughout the summer and was remarkable drought tolerant. Bonus: blooms that attracted butterflies and bees. In the fall we seeded out grass into the clover lawn and it did quite well.

One last thing, you'll double your chances of success if you plant grass in the fall VS spring.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 8:09PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Here are some links that I think you'll find very helpful...

Here is a link that might be useful: UT Extension Publication PB1576: Fescues

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 8:42PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

...another link...

Here is a link that might be useful: UT Extension Publication PB1038: Lawn Management

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 8:45PM
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