We all know it appears each and every year, but somehow this Autumn appeared rather suddenly and a lot of lawn owners we have spoken to just aren’t prepared for Autumn lawn care. Before Winter appears……yes I did say that, don’t let Autumn get away from you and you realised you never got around to seeding your lawn.
Over time lawns can become thin and patchy, this could be due to excessive wear and tear or a result of insect of fungal disease. Sometimes your lawn just needs thickening up to improve it’s appearance. An application of seed to your lawn can really make a difference…..but only done at the right time of the year.
As temperatures get colder and it starts to look less than ideal to seed you lawn, the last thing you need to do is waste your time and money seeding your lawn only to get poor results.
We visit thousands of lawns and we won’t apply treatments or apply lawn seed when the conditions aren’t right. Although most lawn owner’s know that watering your lawn is important for grass growth, it is also important to have the right soil temperature and conditions. If the soil temperature gets below about 12 °, seeds will struggle to germinate. Young vulnerable seedlings will also be in danger of frost or even snow and therefore won’t make it through to Spring.
We all know that our Seasons’ temperatures can change dramatically, it is not unusual to get snow in October and then November comes around and we feel the warmth of sunshine again. We are often hearing our Customers asking….So when is it safe to seed my lawn?
Autumn will make it easier to keep seed moist during germination, young seedlings will have better growing conditions without extreme heat. Any weeds you had in your lawn that compete with your grass should be dead and diseases under control for the rest of the year. It is important to note that any Weed and Disease herbicides cannot be sprayed on new seedlings without injuring or even killing them.
In the ideal world, new grass will have the Autumn and Spring to mature before having to face the stress of heat, mowing, watering, wear and tear etc. During the Summer and harsh cold conditions of the Winter.
If you have any concerns about Lawn Seeding at this time of the year just contact us, we can inspect your lawn and provide a FREE on-site survey and be able to answer any questions you may have.
Whether you are planning to sow new grass seed on a new lawn or need to over-seed an existing lawn to help thicken it, you should plan your seeding and ask yourself these important questions:
1. Has the soil been prepared, including loosening and adding soil nutrients if needed?
2. Have weeds been eliminated?
3. Have any pests or disease problems been resolved?
4. Are you prepared to water the germinating seeds for the next 2 to 3 weeks, as often as 3 times a day?
5. Will you be able to keep traffic to a minimum on the reseeded areas for the next 4 to 6 weeks, or even longer?
If you answer YES to all of the above, then you are on the way to getting the results you want when seeding your lawn……If the weather permits! If you answer NO, then you are not ready.
At Lawnscience we would recommend getting your Autumn seeding completed by the second week of November, at the latest.
If lawn seed germinates successfully and you are able to mow just as Winter shows up, then you shouldn’t have any concerns about your new seeds progress, however if your seedlings are very small and not worth cutting then they will probably not survive a Winter frost or snow.
We visit thousands of lawns, and we work with our Customers to plan their lawn care programme in order for them to get their lawn looking lush, green and healthy. Whenever possible, start to plan your Autumn seeding in the Summer and ideally after your lawn has had a Scarification.
If you would like to discuss how seeding can improve your lawn, but you are not sure when to do this, why not take advantage of the Lawnscience lawn review service? One of our fully trained, lawn care professionals will be happy to arrange a free lawn review with you, and be able to discuss seeding and any other lawn issues you may have. To take advantage of this opportunity just contact us.