Question Submitted: Oct. 15th, 2013
Its really getting cold outside, and much earlier that expected. I wanted to put down some extra grass seed but not I am worried that it is too late and I missed my opportunity to take advantage of the perfect weather for germinating new seeds. What should I do at this point?
There is no need to worry; we see this come up every year. And what we tell our customers is to put down your seed anyway. This is a technique called "Dormant Seeding" and we see many customers get a lot of success from such a simple idea. However, for your best results, you do need to get this done before the ground freezes yet cold enough to prevent germination.
Dormant seeding, is putting down your grass seed in the fall with plans of early spring germination.
First off, be sure you have a majority of your fall clean up is complete. You don’t want all that getting in the way.
Be sure to get a grass seed that is appropriate for your lawn type and lightly work it into the areas you are planning to add seed with just your standard hand rake. There is no need to get too crazy with it, just be sure to get in good contact with the soil. Bare soil is easy but thinning areas might take a little extra faking. If you are looking to do your entire lawn well, for that I would suggest running a power rake over the yard first then putting down your seed.
Give it a good soak, watering it thoroughly. Then let it wait until spring. When the weather begins to warm up again and the ground soil returns to the proper temperature you’ll be off to a great start.
Best of luck and let us know if you need any help.