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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