|Everyone is sure fired-up in the spring, ready to
tackle spring lawn projects and any other gardening
projects that come their way. A project like seeding
their lawn to fill-in bare spots is always high on the
list. I always tell them to wait for fall weather, since
it is a much better time of year for lawn seeding.
Why is fall so much better for lawn seeding?
The #1 answer to that question is that fall weather is
working with you instead of against you.
Think about it, just about the time you have your young
grass seedlings up and growing in the spring -
Bam! - hot summer weather hits. Whereas if you
seed in the fall, the weather is gradually becoming
cooler and more favorable for seed growth and
establishment. The newly planted grass seed will
actually have two favorable seasons to grow
before the heat of summer.
The #2 answer would be there is less weed competition
in fall seeded lawns. When you seed bare spots of your
lawn in springtime, every weed known to Man grows right
along with your young seedlings. However, fall seedings
have very little competition from weeds. Less
competition for young grass seedlings means faster
growth and better establishment.
So then, if you live in the northern climate zones
of the United States, start planning your fall lawn
seeding project now. In places like Pittsburgh, the fall
lawn seeding season extends from now (August
21st) through October 10th. If you have a lawn
surrounded by large trees that drop leaves, the earlier
part of this seeding "window" is better than later on.
Early September is a great time! That way your new grass
will be getting mowed by the time fall leaves start to