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Planting Grass Seed #284769

Asked October 14, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT

Can I plant seed this time of year?

Washington County Oregon

Expert Response

Thank you for your question.

While Autumn might not be the optimum time to start a lawn, there are things you can do to increase your odds of getting a more productive seeding.  So, let’s get started!

  • If you must plant late, increase seeding rates. Add 2 lbs. of seed per 1,000 sq. ft. for each week past mid-September.

  •  Use dark-colored mulch to aid in heat and moisture retention.

  •  Increase the percentage of perennial ryegrass in the mix.

  • Fertilize at the time of planting and again 4 to 6 weeks later.

  • Hope for a warm fall!  The good news is, we are likely to have one this year.  Whew!

There are additional factors to consider when starting a lawn, such as:

  • Shade vs. sun

  • Heavy wear vs. light wear

  • Soil pH and composition

To get the best outcome for your efforts, I suggest you take a look at a thorough publication on restoring and establishing lawns in Oregon called Practical Lawn Establishment and Renovation.  You can download it free of charge here:  https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/ec1550.pdf

Also, since water may continue to be an increasing cost while gardening, I suggest a publication that discusses how to save water on your lawn called Practical Lawn Care for Western Oregon.  You can download it free of charge here:  https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/ec1521.pdf  

Lawns can be a great way to anchor a good landscaping plan, and a great lawn is a matter of strategy and care.  I do hope this information helps.

Thank you again for using Ask an Expert.

Kimberly Culbertson Replied October 15, 2015, 8:35 PM EDT

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