Fall is just around the corner, which means so is the best time to complete your lawn seeding project. You may have a bag of grass seed in your garage from last year. Is it still viable? You can check the bag for an expiration date, or you can read more about what you need to know about grass seed storage and some simple steps to determine if it’s still viable*:
- Look closely at the grass seed.
If it’s discolored or has fungi on it, it is no longer usable and you should throw the seed away.
- Smell the grass seed.
If it smells musty or off, it’s also time to pitch the bag.
- Put 10 seeds on a wet paper towel and fold it up.
Put the damp paper towel with the seeds into a Ziploc bag. Put the bag in a warm area, such as your kitchen window or on top of your refrigerator. Wait 10 days to see if any seeds sprouted. If five or more seeds germinated, then the grass seed will work.
*Please note - these tips are for uncoated grass seed, such as GreenView Fairway Formula products. Seed containing government-regulated coating should be stored as communicated in their safety instructions.
How to Properly Store Unused Grass Seed
A hot, humid garage is, unfortunately, one of the worst places to store seed. Grass seed is best stored in a dry space, in temperatures ranging from 32ºF to 60ºF. If you have space, the absolute best way to store seed is in a sealed container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. If you don’t have refrigeration space, keep your seed stored in a container and try to use it as soon as possible after purchase.
Need New Seed? Buy the Best
The GreenView Fairway Formula Grass Seed line provides grass seed blends and mixtures that are suitable for many different yards. Our grass seed is made up of pure grass seed, without any unnecessary coatings or fillers.