The best time to sow your grass seed is late summer to mid-autumn. The weather and temperature around this time create the perfect environment for grass seeds to germinate.
The soil will be both damp and warm from the rain and there is also a lot less competition from weeds around this time of year so you’ll be more likely to gross grass shoots than weeds.
The autumn offers more chance of regular rain, which prevents you from having to regularly water your lawn with your hose or watering can. Weeds also grow a lot slower in the milder months of the year so it gives the grass seeds a better chance at thriving.
As birds migrate in the autumnal months of the year and other food for them becomes more readily available, they’ll be less likely to snack on your freshly sown grass seeds on your lawn.
However, if you do live in an area that’s prone to visitors from local wildlife, you can take some precautions to avoid them tampering with your grass seeds.
You can usually visual deterrents like plastic animal decoys of a predator that you stick in the ground or on the fence to scare away any sneaky birds.
You can always get yourself a wind deterrent like a wind chime, or even a tannoy that makes predator noises so birds or pests will be less likely to settle in your yard.
A great method is by putting netting over the seeded lawn to stop birds from settling on there. This is also a great idea if you’ve got a cat or a dog as well as it’ll prevent them from digging up your hard work.
Make sure to pin the net down so it doesn’t blow away in the wind and also find one that lets plenty of light through so the seeds can germinate.
One of the best things about putting grass seeds down in the autumn is that the lawn will be ready for summer so you can really make the most of it.
If you live in an area that experiences warm weather year-round, then you’ll want to pay more attention to keeping the lawn moist after you’ve sown the seeds otherwise it will shrivel up and die.
If you’re willing to put in the effort, then you can still sow your grass seed in the middle of spring but sowing grass seeds in the summer months should be avoided at all costs as it is too hot and dry and it’ll be very easy for the seeds to die.
Temperatures should always remain above 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re initially sowing seeds in your yard and you should make sure that there is no untimely weather like snow, heavy rain, or frost for the two weeks after you’ve sewn the seeds.
Is March too early to plant grass seed?
If you do want to sow your seeds in the spring, then it’s best to do it from late March onwards up until the first signs of summer. Before March, it will be too wet as the winter weather will still be making an appearance and could wash away the seeds.
If you’re looking to boost the appearance of your lawn by overseeding it, then March is actually an ideal time to do so as the temperature is cooler and there is still a good amount of moisture in the soil to optimize growth.
However, if you live in an area where you’re still vulnerable to experiencing frost or snowfall, you should ideally wait until spring weather starts being more consistent to begin sewing the seeds.
Some grass seeds will be better suited for sowing in cooler or warmer months, so you should always double-check the product instructions to ensure you’ll achieve optimum results.
If you only have the time to sew your grass seeds in the winter and you don’t get very wet weather, you can do so as the seeds will lie dormant until they can germinate in the springtime.