Are you wondering when is the best time to seed your lawn in Massachusetts?
The best time to seed a lawn in Massachusetts is typically late spring or early fall; not the middle of summer.
In early spring, soil temperatures are warm enough for seeding. In late fall Massachusetts is typically not cold enough to damage grass seed.
Getting the timing right for growing a new lawn in New England is critical for best results. Follow this brief primer for planting and cultivating a healthy, lush turf to enjoy all season long.
The best times to plant grass seed in Massachusetts
- The optimum time to plant grass in New England is when the ground has warmed up and gone through a few cycles of freezing and thawing.
- Typically, this would be the time when we’ve had our last frost – generally around mid-April to late April/early May. The soil should be moist and workable at this stage. If you seed earlier, you run the risk of damaging your seeds during freezing temperatures or wet soil conditions.
- Seeding can also happen during late fall when there’s been some wind but not much rainfall. These conditions allow for good drainage as well as helping seeds from getting too wet or dry during the first phases of growth.
Why can’t I seed my lawn in the middle of summer?
It’s important to avoid seeding your lawn in the middle of summer.
The hot summer months may lead to grass seeds that fail to grow due to high temps, or succumb to damage by cold weather later on.
The best time to seed your lawn in Massachusetts is typically early fall or late spring/early summer. This avoids the risk of cold weather damage to seeds and slowing your lawn’s growth process.
If you seed your lawn at the wrong time of year, the seeds will likely not grow, and you will end up with bald patches on your lawn.
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