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When to Plant Grass Seed in Minnesota

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Planting grass seed can be a delicate process and it needs to be done at the right time of the year. Knowing when to plant grass seed in Minnesota is essential for growing a strong, vibrant lawn. There are two time periods in the year to plant grass seed and they both have their benefits and risks. Jonathan Green supplies genetically superior cool season grass seed, soil enhancers, fertilizer, and organic lawn products to professional customers, such as sod growers and independent hardware stores and garden centers throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern United States, and recently the far Western United States.. We are also leaders in organics and have developed an environmentally sound approach to lawn care called the New American Lawn Plan. The Plan combines our Black Beauty grass seed mixtures with organic and traditional soil amendments, lawn fertilizers and control products that feed your lawn AND your soil so air, water and nutrients get absorbed by the grass.

When to Plant

Many people plant grass seed in spring. This may be an acceptable time to plant grass in cool weather states like Minnesota, but early fall is a better season to plant according to the University of Minnesota, and the ideal time is from mid-August to mid-September. You will have bypassed the extreme heat from the summer months that could hurt seed germination. Also, the Minnesota nights are growing longer and cooler in early fall which will help your new grass stay moist and not dry out.

Tips for Planting Grass Seed

When it comes to planting grass seed, there are several things that can help make the process easier and ensure stronger root growth and more vigorous blades of grass. If you have not already invested in a lawn spreader, it is something that you should consider, especially for large lawns. Spreading grass seed by hand does not ensure even coverage and can leave some spots bare while others may be planted too heavily. A seed spreader can also be used for spreading fertilizer, Mag-I-Cal and superior liming product, all of which are necessary for proper seed germination and grass establishment. Another thing to keep in mind is to use a fertilizer that is specially made for newly seeded grass. Generic fertilizers or weed and feed treatments could have chemicals that would prevent proper seed germination. At Jonathan Green we have put decades of innovation and technology to work to create our Veri-Green Starter Fertilizer for Seeding & Sodding. Our formula works to build a vigorous root system and promote fast seed germination. If you want the best lawn, we recommend our Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed. It is genetically superior to other grass seed, is heat and drought resistant and grows roots up to four feet deep. It possesses a rich dark green color and has a waxy coating (like an apple) that helps it seal in moisture. For more tips and advice on how to plant grass seed in Minnesota, please visit us online or locate your nearest retail store where you can get reliable lawn and garden advice.  

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