Seeding your lawn is an important step to keeping your lawn green and healthy year after year. Knowing how often and when you should seed your lawn helps your lawn maintain strong green blades with healthy roots for years to come.
How Often Should You Seed Your Lawn?
Your lawn, like everything else in this world, is not immortal and as old grass dies, new seeds need to be planted to take their place. Generally speaking, about every 4 or 5 years the grass in your lawn begins to get brittle and die off.
You can tell which lawns have not been seeded in a while by looking for the thickness of the lawn. If you notice your lawn starting to thin out, you should consider applying an application of seed.
When Should You Seed Your Lawn?
Being in Minnesota, we have cool season grass that strives during cooler, darker months that produce heavier dew, making fall the best time to seed your lawn. Seeding in fall well before the ground freezes gives seeds the opportunity to settle deep into the soil and plant its roots.
Furthermore, seeding in the fall is ideal because spring seeding gives unwanted crabgrass the opportunity to germinate and take over your lawn.
What Type of Lawn Seed Should You Use?
In Minnesota, due to our cooler temperatures, planting cool season lawn seeds in the fall is recommended. Cool season lawn seeds strive in environments where temperatures hit below freezing and grow during the fall and spring season and go dormant in the summer heat.
Applying the right type of seed at the right time of the year can be the difference between a dying lawn and a healthy lawn.