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When to Plant Grass Seed in North Carolina

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If you have a bare lawn or are looking to plant grass seed into an existing lawn, the key is in the timing. When to plant grass seed in North Carolina depends on what the weather is doing, but you can typically expect to plant in spring or early fall.

Jonathan Green has been growing beautiful lawns since 1881. Today, we are a major supplier of grass seed, organics, and turf products to both the independent retailer and professional lawn care markets and breed genetically superior turf grasses, such as those found in our Black Beauty grass seed mixtures 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.

The Right Time to Plant Grass Seed

In North Carolina, cool-season grasses like Jonathan Green Black Beauty are best seeded in early fall, but many people achieve success by seeding in early spring (mid-February to late March). Whatever you decide, it’s important to get your grass seed off to a strong start long before the seasonal stresses of winter or summer arrive.

Soil temperatures are still warm in the fall, which is necessary for optimum seed germination, and cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth. There will also be fewer weeds for the grass to compete with at this time of the year. With adequate sunlight, rainwater and fertilizer, you can expect your new grass seedlings to be well-established before the colder winter weather arrives.

Products We Recommend

For the best lawn you need the best seed. We recommend our genetically superior Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed. It is a mix of elite and exclusive varieties of tall fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. Planted by leading sod growers in North Carolina and across the country, Black Beauty grass seed creates a lawn full of grass that:

  • Is deeply rooted (can grow roots up to 4 feet deep);
  • Exhibits an invisible waxy coating (like the waxy skin on an apple) that wards off disease and locks in moisture;
  • Has leaves that are dark green, lush, and uniform in texture;
  • Grows well in both full sun as well as partial shade;
  • Is endophyte-bred for natural insect resistance.

For fertilizing your newly seeded lawn we recommend Veri-Green Starter Fertilizer for Seeding & Sodding. It is safe for new seeds and will ensure that they sprout quickly and develop a strong root system.  It will feed your lawn for up to two months and develop a thicker, fuller lawn. Its formula contains 1% iron to fortify the grass and give it a deep shade of natural green color and 30% slow release nitrogen to give your lawn the nutrients it needs in a time-released formula.

If you are planning to plant grass seed in North Carolina and need advice or tips on how to do it properly, visit us online at JonathanGreen.com or locate your nearest independent retail store where they are happy to answer questions and walk you through the whole process.

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