Best Time to Plant Grass
Folklore used to dictate that the moon had an influence on planting, and therefore was an indicator of when to plant. But today, we want something a bit more concrete. Many of us in Northwest Ohio like to plant in the spring; vegetables and flowers help us to celebrate springtime after a long winter. But when it comes to grass, when is the best time to plant grass in Northwest Ohio and Surrounding Areas?
There are many mixes and varieties of grasses, and some of them may require a specific time of the year to plant. But, in general, when planting grass in Northwest Ohio, it is important to know the best time of the year to plant. Temperatures play an important role in planting. Both air temperatures and soil temperatures should be considered. Air temperatures should be between 60 – 75 degrees. But since temperatures tend to fluctuate, we are often unsure of when to spend our time, energy and money on planting grass seed.
Fall is the best time to plant grass for our area, specifically the middle of August to the end of September. Fall has the optimal temperatures for grass planting, with soil temps between 50 – 65 degrees and air temps between 60 – 75 degrees. These temperatures don’t last long, so it is necessary to have the plans and tools ready when the weather gives us the opportunity.
But if you can’t get your grass planted in the fall, the next best time is spring, specifically the middle of March to the middle of April. But beware that by planting in the spring you run the risk of losing the grass you planted. Depending on summer conditions, grass may not survive, and it may be necessary to reseed (overseed) to get your grass to properly grow.
The weather doesn’t always cooperate with our plans for lawn care, but with the right know-how and a plan, we can prepare to plant when the optimal time hits.