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Planting Grass Seed - Best Practices for New Grass

Northeast Ohio homeowners are very particular about their lawns. If we notice so much as one dead or thin spot, we do everything we can to fix it. 

But before you start tearing up your lawn and planting seed, you need to make sure your plan is the most effective solution. Let's start with the basics.

When is the best time to seed your lawn?

While conventional wisdom says to seed your lawn in the spring, you are actually better off seeding in the fall when you aerate. This allows your yard to better receive air, water and nutrients—creating the ideal circumstances for new grass to grow. 

It's best to seed your lawn during the fall when you aerate

What grass seed is right for my lawn?

We typically recommend that Northeast Ohioans use Kentucky bluegrass as it is well suited for the seasonal weather we experience.

How can I make sure my grass seed grows into a beautiful lawn that will make my neighbors jealous?

Make sure you cover your grass seed so it's protected from birds and critters. Hay will do the trick, but we recommend covering fresh seed with a layer of compost for the best results as it contains the nutrients grass needs to grow. 

Keeping the soil moist with effective watering is key to seed germination and lush new grass. Watering your new grass twice a day for a month or two should do the trick. After this, the roots should take hold and you can go back to your normal lawn watering schedule.

How soon can I mow my new grass?

Wait until your grass is at least 3.5 inches tall before you mow it. Mowing before your grass has firmly taken root could undo all of your hard work. 

Have more questions about seeding your lawn? The experts at Grass Master are here to help. Contact us today for more lawn care tips or to schedule our Fall Rejuvenation service that includes aeration, overseeding with Kentucky bluegrass and perennial rye seed as well as a root booster to help your new seeds germinate.