Spring is one of the best seasons of the year to start new grass in most of the U.S., thanks to moderate temperatures and more frequent rain than the dry heat of summer. But even when conditions are ideal, here are three important “secrets” to help maximize the odds of getting thick new grass as quickly as possible.
1. Good, fresh seed
Step one is starting with fresh, high-quality seed that’s ideal for the site and climate. As with any other plant, some varieties and types of grass seed perform better than others. Those differences vary from area to area.
Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fescues, are best in cooler regions, while warm-season grasses, such as bermuda, zoysia, and St. Augustine grasses, are best suited for warm climates. Some grass types also perform better in sun than shade, and different blends are available to take into account differing light situations.
In all cases, start with fresh seed since germination rates go down with age, especially if bags have been stored in the temperature extremes of sheds and garages.