Time of Year to Plant Grass Seed

Updated April 17, 2017

Grass is an essential part of landscaping in many places. Grass grows year after year, and spreads, so once you plant grass it will stick around for a while. If you have bald patches in your grass, or want a new area to be full of grass, plant grass seeds at the appropriate time of year. Grass can be difficult to start, but once it is started, it will thicken and grow more full as time goes on.

Time of Year

Plant grass seeds during the right time of year to ensure a good crop. In northern regions, where there are frosts and freezing temperatures during portions of the year, plant grass seeds in the early spring. Grass seeds will sprout in a matter of days, so as soon as you have experienced your last frost of the season, begin to plant grass seeds. A slight frost will not harm young grass, but it is a good idea to wait until you are sure it will not frost any more.

In regions where there is little to no freezing weather, plant grass seeds as soon as any freezing weather you may have has finished for the year. In some places, this will be as early as early March. In regions with mild or warm temperatures all year round, plant grass any time of year, as long as there is ample rain.


Plant grass seeds by throwing seeds into tilled dirt, or into bare patches in your existing lawn. Use your hand to scatter grass seeds in the areas where you would like grass to grow. Don't bury seeds or trample them down. Water the areas where you have planted the seeds, but do not let the ground become saturated. As tiny grass begins to grow, keep it moistened. Most important, do not step on it or let anyone else walk on it. Keep pets, children, and other things off your new lawn.

Allow grass seedlings to take hold. As they do, they will begin to spread. Check the area in two weeks, and sow more seeds if you still have patches where grass is not growing.

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