Fall seeding most always results in greater success in establishing turf. The warmer soil temperatures along with fall rains and cooler nights are a grass growers delight. If spot-seeding is needed is spring, however, a few things should be kept in mind.
- Soil temperatures must be at least 55 degrees for seed to germinate
- New seedlings most likely will not mature by summer, and may succumb to excessive heat, drought or disease
- Pre-emergent is applied to turf in spring to control crabgrass. This product basically kills crabgrass in seed form and will also have a negative effect on new turf grass seed.
IF spring spot-seeding is still desired, a couple of things should be done:
- Contact your lawn care provider to be sure your seeding plans will harmonize with your current application program.
- Lightly rake/garden weasel the area to be seeded. This will prepare a better seed bed and effectively cancel out the possible negative effects of pre-emergent (if already applied).
- If you have already done some early season seeding, contact your lawn care provider immediately so application adjustments can be customized to your circumstances.
Communication is a key factor to successful lawn seeding/renovation. We are happy to share any suggestions needed pertaining to seed variety, timing, etc.