Will a freeze kill grass seed?

Updated March 23, 2017

Not only will freezing grass seed not kill or damage the seeds, if done properly and in a controlled environment, freezing the seeds can allow for faster germination in the seeds. Freezing can actually be an effective way to store your grass seeds prior to use.

Damage from Freezing

Contrary to popular belief, a frost or full-on freeze will not harm your grass seeds. While grass won't typically grow during a freeze, which is why you shouldn't plant your grass seed until outdoor freezing is expected to be over, the seeds will still produce grass after a freeze.

Benefits of Freezing

Freezing your grass seeds allows them to germinate much faster than normal grass seeds. The germination process is when the plant emerges from the seed. Faster germination means that your seeds will take root and grow in a quicker manner, resulting in less erosion and top soil loss.

Freezing Seeds for Storage

Grass seed can actually be frozen for storage, which will ensure that the seeds are ready for rapid germination when planted. Seeds should be placed in a sealed bag to prevent spillage and contamination from other frozen goods in your freezer.

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Shanika Chapman has been writing business-related articles since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in social science from the University of Maryland University College. Chapman also served for four years in the Air Force and has run a successful business since 2008.