Latest you've ever seeded in fall

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnkid, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    Hey guys, what's the latest I should be able to seed in fall so that that lawn can estblish good, strong roots and not die come spring after the winter.
  2. shm

    shm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    honestly it depends on the could seed as late as November if it stays warm enough but it is usually better to get your seeding in before all the leaves start to come down and you really begin your fall clean-ups...i'd suggest no later than the second week into Oct.

    hope this helps

  3. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    I'm starting my aerating and overseeding jobs next week and will have them all done within 2 weeks. Don't want to push it too much since the weather this year has been so unpredictable. The closer you get to the first frost or bad cold snap the more of a chance you're taking.

    Here's an odd little note. I grew up in Wyoming and the growing season was about half of what it is here in Kentucky. My dad would start reseeding his lawn as soon as he saw the first snowflake. He didn't care if it turned into a blizzard; you would see him out there with the spreader. Always had the nicest looking yard in the town.
  4. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Early October would be the latest we do any seeding. Otherwise it won't survive the winter.
  5. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    all kentucky blue and fesque should be seeded by oct. 14 i believe and perr. rye by the 30. i have seeded in late nov. 2 years ago and had great germination it was suppose to be a dormacy seeding but it was in the lower 70s and mid 60s for 2 weeks. then in the mid 50s for the 1st week of dec. even odder the customer called me dec. 12 and asked me to come cut the yard. it was high.
  6. turfsurfer

    turfsurfer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    The so called "best time for seeding lawns in central Ohio is @ Aug 15-Sep 15. Most seed should be in the ground by Sep 20. The season is a little extended in southern Ohio and shortened in the north. Of course these are just guidelines and alot is dependent on how the weather holds out that particular year. Also, the germination times required for different grass types are a factor. The problem is the potential for new seeddlings to be hit with a hard frost are early freeze. This is a big problem for tall fescue but luckily it has a quick germination. The more mows you can get on the new grass before winter, the hardier it will be.
  7. Catmann

    Catmann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    Jobs seeded by now will look like established lawns come Thanksgiving. Later seeding will look like a new lawn coming in until spring.

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