When does grass start growing in NJ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Cheesedawg1, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Cheesedawg1

    Cheesedawg1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 283

    This is a question for the new Jersey people. When do you guys start cutting lawns or when does the grass actually start growing. In a few weeks or a month any specific date or time it usually comes? Cuz as the weather gets better i am anxious to get out there. Thanks
  2. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 220

    The grass will grow when the soil temp is right. I forget what temperature it has to be I would think 62 degrees but someone else will know. A good guess is end of March. Bluegrass will take longer-Harry
  3. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    On a 20 year average, I usually beging the third week in April. These are regular lawns without fertilizer......... You could start the first week with a cleanup and cut just to level the lawn, though.
  4. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 955

    we usually start the 3rd or 4th week in april also with regular routes.
  5. jseamster

    jseamster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    For the past two years I have found April 15 to be a general start date.
  6. DJL

    DJL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    Every year is different due to crazy march weather. For instance, last weeks average temperature was probably around 50, while this week it has been around 40.

    Looking at my past accounts, I started most on April 18th and a few on April 24 last year. A lot also depends on the type of grass. The zoysia, not sure of the spelling, won't start growing till much later than the fescues lawns that I cut.

    Someone else mentioned about fertilizer. If they get round the year treatments chances are you have to show up a little earlier, again dependent mostly on rain and temps.
  7. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I'm in PA, not too far from you, and we usually start April 10-15.
  8. Justcutslawnserv

    Justcutslawnserv LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 21

    second or third week in april.
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    1st or 2nd week in April for me (especially the fertilized ones).
  10. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    are you guys in nj getting busy with new work. we are only getting about 5 to 10 calls a day when we are usually getting 25 to 30. is it still to early or should i be worried?

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