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If You Must Seed, Do it Now

Late summer is the best time to seed, but sometimes turf must be seeded in the spring. The following points should help improve the success of spring seedings:

  1. Seed as soon as possible (now is not too early) so the seed is in the ground and ready to germinate as soon as the soil temperatures rise.
  2. Improve the seed-soil contact by raking or disturbing the soil before seeding. After seeding, a light raking will further mix the seed and soil or a light rolling will push the seed into better contact with soil.
  3. Water lightly to keep the seedbed moist as soil temperatures warm to 50o and the seed starts to germinate.
  4. Avoid any herbicide applications to the seeded areas until the seedlings are established and mowed at least 3 or 4 times (this might be May or later depending on the weather).
  5. Since the seedlings will not develop a good root system until next fall, keep the newly seeded areas well-watered all summer.

Much more information is available inĀ AY-20: Seeding a Turf Area in the Spring.

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