The Best Time to Plant Pasture Grass Seed

By Brian Mounts | May 26, 2021
best time to plant pasture grass seed

Choosing the right grass seed can be a pretty tough job. You have to consider your lawn, and you also have to consider the climatic zones. At the end of the day, you need to consider specific things such as the level of shade your lawn has, in order to find the perfect choice of grass seed for your lawn.

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However, that isn’t all that there is to it. Your problems don’t exactly end once you’ve selected your grass seeds- in fact, they haven’t even begun! The right next thing you want to do once you have your grass seed is plant it.

Now, while you can plant your seeds throughout the year, that is not really the smartest idea out there. Lawn Owners have experimented with this for ages, and they have figured out some specific times. You might want to ideally plant your seeds at these points, because they are the best time to plant pasture grass seed.

In today’s article, we are going to take a look at this. We are going to find out what is the best time to plant pasture grass seed. So, are you ready to actually get started? We hope that this article will be really informative, so please don’t forget to read it till the very end!

What is the Best Time to plant Pasture Grass Seed?

Planting the seed is something that actually deserves a lot of attention. It is by far one of the most neglected things when it comes to taking care of a lawn properly, and we really hope that you would not commit the same mistakes that so many people already did- you have the right opportunity to learn from their mistakes!

So, the ideal thing to do is to plant your seeds wisely. The right time is one where the seeds get a while to grow into young plants before their preferred season of growth sets in. If it goes on properly, you can find that most of the seeds will germinate and will grow into healthy grass within their growing season!

Now, what is the best time to plant pasture grass seed, you ask? Well, there are two kinds of seeds, as you might be aware, the ones for warmer areas, and the ones for colder areas. These two are actually planted in different parts of the year, and we might proceed with out discussion in two parts accordingly.

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What is the best time to plant pasture grass seed in warm weather?

Well, as you might be able to guess, the time is going to be a little earlier for grasses that grow well in warm weather. This is mostly owing to the fact so that you can make room for them to grow during the actually warm months.

Experts recommend planting them between mid-march and early may to get the best results as the grow during the warm season. I have tried this method in my lawn earlier and the results were actually pretty good, so I can recommend this idea personally. Even you might have already seen grass growing a little faster during the summer months, so you might just as well take the benefit!

Quoting Warner Brothers Seed Company,

Planting warm season perennial grasses should be done when seedlings will have the longest possible period of good growing conditions for establishment. Planting should be timed so that seed can germinate as soon as the favorable growing season begins. Seedling growth may be curtailed by low temperatures, dry weather, or competition from weeds or other vegetation.

Planting in the late spring and early summer is most successful in the southwest were spring rains and summer rains prevail. The exact date depends on the local precipitation pattern, the species used, the method of planting and the time of weedy growth.

In many areas, where fall rains persist and potential frost date is late, (mid November or early December) fall plantings in (late August -September) plantings have been successful. Fall plantings should be done early enough to allow plant growth 60 -90 days before first frost.

What is the best time to plant pasture grass seed in cold weather?

Naturally, the reverse holds true when it comes to the other kind of grass. The grass that grows in comparatively colder weather should ideally be planted a little later so that it can get the weather that it grows well in.

For such kinds of grasses (such as tall Fescue) you might actually be looking to plant them between mid-august and mid-September so that they can grow properly during the rest of the winter. Now, keep in mind that this process is a good idea if only your region isn’t seriously affected by snow.

Quoting YardCareGurus,

For most perennial grasses, planting should be conducted when seedlings will be provided with the longest available period of ideal growing conditions. In case of warm season grasses, the preferred planting period runs from March 15th through May 1st. For cooler season grasses, the ideal planting time lasts from August 15th to September 15th. While planting periods will vary from one community to another, planting should be timed so that the grass seed is able to germinate once the preferred growing season starts.

Don’t forget to consider the wind!

Wind is one of the factors a lot of people forget to take into consideration. A lot of grasses cannot properly grow in wind even if they are adjusted to the temperature and are planted in a timely manner. So, that is one of the main things you might want to avoid.

But you know what’s the hardest thing to do on a windy lawn? Actually using a sprinkler properly! And that’s something Turf Mechanic understands. We have actually done a bit of a research for you and prepared an article to help you out on this one!

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How much seed should I really use?

Choosing the amount of seed is as important as choosing the right time to plant your seeds. Well, while the actual calculation might vary from soil to soil, from climatic region to region, and even from spot to spot, there are a few general ideas that you might want to go for, which have been tested overtime and have been proven to be effective in most of the cases.

So, if you look at the statistics, it turns out that 8 to 15 pounds of seed per hectare is the ideal amount in 90% of the cases. So, that’s the amount you might actually want to go for if you’re not sure how much you exactly need. Also, you might want to seek advice from a professional or an experienced lawn owner if you aren’t sure about which grass seed you should use.

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