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When Is the Best Time to Put Grass Seed Down?

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“When is the best time to put grass seed down,” is among the most frequently asked questions at Jonathan Green. Our experts are here to provide the answers you need.

The Jonathan Green name has represented high-quality grass seed, innovation, integrity, determination, and a commitment to excellence since 1881. Today, six generations later, we remain committed to producing superior lawn and garden products.

We are a leading supplier of grass seed, organics, and turf products to both the independent retailer and professional lawn care markets and breed genetically superior turf grasses in our own grass seed breeding program in Oregon. Our genetically superior grass seed and soil food products will transform your lawn and help it to thrive.

When to Seed Your Lawn

In general, early fall is the best time to seed your lawn with Jonathan Green cool-season grass seeds. The soil is warm, air temperatures are cooler, autumn rains are more plentiful, and weeds are less active, all of which creates an excellent environment for seed germination before leaves start falling and the winter cold arrives.

With the right amount of moisture, fertilizer, and sunlight, your new grass seedlings will have the benefit of two cool growing cycles before the heat of summer arrives. The newly planted grass will be able to grow and develop roots right up to Christmas if conditions are right. 

The second-best time for planting cool-season grass seed is spring (mid-March to late April). Spring sunshine and rain contribute to strong grass growth, but be sure that daytime temperatures have warmed up to 60° to 70°F before you get started.

Which Seed Should You Use?

If you want the best-looking grass in the neighborhood, be sure to choose the highest quality grass seed. Jonathan Green Black Beauty® grass seed mixtures look and feel so much like Kentucky Bluegrass that even the pros have a hard time distinguishing Black Beauty® from Bluegrass.

Jonathan Green Black Beauty® grass seeds are:

  • Deeply rooted (up to 4 feet)
  • Disease resistant
  • Drought tolerant because of the invisible waxy leaf coating that preserves moisture in the plant (similar to the wax on an apple).
  • Naturally dark green in color
  • Uniform in leaf size and texture
  • Contain Endophytes for natural insect resistance

To encourage your new grass seed to grow quicker and thicker, we highly recommend Veri-Green Starter Fertilizer for Seeding & Sodding. This high-phosphorus formula helps to build a vigorous root system, gets new grass plantings off to a fast start for a thicker, greener lawn, and will continue feeding your lawn for up to two months.

Look no further than Jonathan Green for information about when is the best time to put grass seed down and how to get the very best results. Visit us online or find your local independent home and garden retailer where you’ll receive excellent lawn care advice.

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