Facts About Grass Seed Germination
There are certain things you should know about grass seed germination so that you don't get frustrated when you have done everything else right.
Different grasses germinate at different times. A common mistake if a mixture of grasses was used, you may have stopped watering after only the fastest growing grass seed emerged. This leaves the slower growing grasses with insufficient moisture to grow.
Rainwater is better than tap water. Rain contains trace elements which tap water does not. I’ve noticed this a million times with my customers’ lawns—-new grass pops up immediately after rain despite their diligence with watering.
Cheap seed usually has poor germination. The expense of seed is the least costly part of the lawn, so buy a top notch grass seed for the best long term results.
The soil must be over 65 degrees.
Water very frequently. Keep the soil moist as a guide.
If you plant in late fall, the seed will stay dormant until spring. Remember that the grass seed germination temperature needs to be over 65 degrees.
Annual seed germinates very quickly. (Unless you only want a temporary lawn, do not buy annual. Avoid mixtures with more than 20% annual seed--a cheap price should be a red flag).
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