Seeding in the Spring
With the weather in the Midwest, seeding in the spring can be a gamble. We always recommend to seed in the fall. There are several factors that play the part in getting your new grass seed to germinate and thrive. Germination rate, sunlight, temperature, water and soil pH.
We use a fescue/bluegrass blend. The fescue does well in areas with straight sun whereas bluegrass does better in shaded areas. Seeding early is recommended to make sure there is time to put down a pre-emergent/post emergent to prevent crabgrass. We can adjust our program for new seed by putting fertilizer down with our first application and then putting your pre/post-emergent in with your second application.
Having adequate sunlight is another key factor to making sure your new grass seed will germinate and start growing. If your lawn is heavily shaded, you may consider trimming back tree limbs to allow more light in. Grass needs at least 3-4 hours of sunlight a day.
The soil temperature needs to reach at least 50 degrees F for grass to germinate. Weekly highs need to stay steady in the 60s for a few days in a row to reach those soil temperatures.
Watering the new grass seed in the spring, you want to make sure you are just getting it wet and not soaking it to where water is running off. Since it is still cool in the spring, the grass does not need soaked each time you water it.
If you have issues getting grass to grow in your lawn, a soil sample to test the pH is a good place to start. When your lawn is too acidic, grass will struggle to grow. By getting a soil sample we are able to tell what your soil needs for optimal growth.
If you would like to seed your lawn, please call our office at 816-662-2222 for a quote on seeding.