Is this time of year good for seeding grass?

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Old 09-28-17, 08:07 AM
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Is this time of year good for seeding grass?

I live in Wisconsin. Can I still reseed my lawn or is it too late? If it's too late, what kind of treatment or fertilizer can I use at this point on my lawn?
 
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It's getting late usually beginning of Sept is a good time but it all depends on the temps. Too cold nothing will germinate.

Existing grass and fertilizer at this time is ok!
 
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Maybe. This would normally be the end of the window but it's been warmer than usual the last couple weeks.
 
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I see. So, it's best to reseed in the spring, correct?
 
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I would seed as soon as possible. Things are running normal than usual so there is a good chance your grass will get a good start before temperatures drop too much.

In general late summer, early fall is the best time to plant. That gives you fall and spring for the grass to grow before summer. The heat and dryness of summer is the big enemy. You want to give the grass as much time possible to get established and have deep roots before it gets hot. Winter doesn't hurt it just makes the grass grow more slowly or stop altogether.
 
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No, the best time to re-seed cool season grasses like we have is the late summer, generally the end of August to early September. I'm saying the window might be open a little longer than usual this year.
 
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Awesome! Do I just spread the seeds or do I have to aerate first? I did aerate my lawn this summer already.
 
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I'm assuming you mean core aeration. It never hurts but I would not wait even one more day for that to be done at this point.
 
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The biggest factor in getting a seeded yard going is covering it with straw.

Hold in the moisture, keeps it wet for germination.

Dramatically speeds up the process vs just seed on bare ground!
 
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Hold in the moisture, keeps it wet for germination.
Not sure how you guys are doing but most of this year it rains
every 18-36 hours. I'd be more worried about it floating away.
 
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Thank you for the all the helps! I'll see if I can get some sort of straw or something to keep the seeds from floating away when it rains and keep moisture.
 
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