Did you know that Fall is the season to re-seed your lawn?
Early Fall is the very best time to re-seed. The soil temperature is still warm, which is essential for seed germination, and the air is cooler for better grass growth. Before you buy your seed, read the label. We’re used to reading food labels, but how many of us have actually read the labels on the bag of grass seed. You’d be amazed at the difference between inexpensive and premium seeds. Not all seed is labeled the same way.
Information to look for:
- The type and variety mix of the grass seed – sun. shade, high traffic, wet, dry.
- Percentage that will sprout – Quality seed has a germination rate of 85% or higher.
- Percentage of filter – There is usually a small amount of natural residue from the seed cleaning process – seed hulls, steams and dust. The less the better.
- Other crop – Depending on where you’re re-seeding, you may want to avoid “ugly” grasses like annual rye, orchard grass or coarse bladed K-31.
- Weed content – Less than 0.5% seems to be “acceptable”. Look for the most weed-free mix possible, or 99.99% weed free.