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The Basics of Grass Seed

If you are just getting started in home improvement or DIY, the mere thought of seeding your lawn can be very daunting. The good news is that sowing grass seed is actually easy so you can enjoy a luscious green lawn soon. 

Different Types of Grass Seeds

In general, grass seeds are broken down into two primary seed categories: cool season and warm season seeds. Based on the name itself, warm-season seeds grow better in warmer conditions. These are also best planted in early summer or late spring, depending on the climate in your area. The only disadvantage of warm-season grass seeds is the fact that they can grow dormant or brown when the weather turns cold. 

If you live in a climate where your lawn can't get much moisture, you may need to choose grass seeds that are resistant to drought.
You should pick the type of grass seed good for your climate, sun exposure and how much moisture your yard gets. The type od seeds you choose should be resistant to the foot traffic there will be on your lawn.

On the other hand, you can plant cold season seeds anytime from autumn or fall to early spring. The main concern with these cold season seeds is the exact opposite of that of warm-season ones. These seeds tend to go brown or yellow when the weather becomes too hot. 

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How to Choose the Right Kind of Grass Seeds

There is no surprise at all if the market is filled with a selection of grass seeds. All species together with their variants are either artificially or naturally developed to suit various environments, have varying germination rates, produce diverse finishes, and more.

Best Time for Planting Grass Seed

Gardening experts are at a general consensus that the most ideal time of the year for planting grass seeds is from late summer through mid-autumn. This is because the soil has less competition from weeds. In addition, the soil is also warmer and more fertile, with the tendency to be damper because of the air’s high level of humidity. All of these are ideal conditions to allow quick seed germination.

When planting grass, you can choose the grass seeds also depending on how soft it is to walk on, how green it will stay during the year and how dense it will be, to resist the growing weeds.

However, if you are like other amateur gardeners who missed the summer or autumn deadline, there is still a chance for you to sow your grass seeds during spring or early summer. It is not recommended to try to plant grass seed in the middle of summer although there are gardens that germinate during this time, depending on the environment and climate.

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