Spring lawn seeding can be done in a single spot or an area providing a quick way to repair plow damage and dead spots from the winter, or damage incurred in the drought of 2012. If done correctly, spring seeding can help restore otherwise lost grass area adding to summer enjoyment.
Spring seeding can normally be done once the ground warms until early-to-mid June if properly done and with appropriate weed suppression. Spring seeding takes a second seat to fall seeding due to reduced crabgrass and weed pressure in the fall. Fall seeding affords warm soils and fast germination without crabgrass or annual weed choking out new growth. However, with special treatments, spring seeding can be successful if done carefully and with the proper grass blends.
Regardless of how you fix your lawn, the grass types installed are critical toward long term success. All grass blends are not created equal and you get what you pay for in terms of age, weed content, and site specific blends, be it drought-shade, sun, play or other locations. Cheap grass seed and a lack of foresight is a common error in repairing or installing a lawn. What appeared to be success can quickly turns to brown grass and defeat.
Full lawn installations are best saved for early spring or late summer into fall due to generally favorable weather. Small repairs can be done anytime during the year but keep in mind, you will have weeds and crabgrass of varying population levels. These weeds can be treated with a variety of specialty sprays but these are not inexpensive and must be done properly with qualified, licensed turf companies like Chippers.
Watering is the second most important factor in achieving good germination and helping establish a new lawn. Without water, your seed will stay dormant and cannot germinate. If you water in the beginning and then stop, the shallow rooted seedlings may perish within days without an adequate supply from rain or irrigation. Try and water in the morning and late afternoon in the absence of rainfall to keep the seed alive and improve both germination and growth performance.
The overall success of your seeding can be summed up by two main factors; watering and seed type/quality.