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How Long Does It Take For Grass Seed To Grow?

Are you dreaming of creating the perfect outdoor space for your home? The right variety of grass can be a game-changer for your lawn. Moreover, knowing the right timing to plant and water can expedite its growing potential to make your vision come to life. Knowing the different types of grasses, their germination time, expected foot traffic of your lawn, and their watering schedules might seem a bit daunting. Read on to have it broken down a bit more and to discover the length of time each type of grass takes to grow.

Grass Seed Germination Time

Germination is the process of a seed breaking through its shell and “taking hold” of the soil to begin its growth. Picking the best grass seed for you is likely going to depend on your region and climate. In addition, you may also want to take a look at how long the germination time for each type of seed is, so that you know when to expect your new lawn to begin looking beautiful. Several types of grass seed and their germination times can be found in the below table:

Grass Type Germination Time
Bentgrass
Up to 14 days
Bermuda grass
7 to 14 days
Buffalo grass
15 to 21 days
Centipede grass
10 to 28 days
Fescue
7 to 21 days
Kentucky bluegrass
14 to 30 days
Rough bluegrass
7 to 10 days
Annual Ryegrass
5 to 10 days
Perennial Ryegrass
5 to 7 days

Best Time To Plant Grass Seed

The time of year in which you choose to plant grass seed is critical to the success of your seed. The best time of year to plant your seed is going to depend on two main factors: where you live and what type of grass you are growing. Typically, warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda grass and Centipede grass, do better in the southern and western regions of the United States and are best planted in the late spring or early summer. Conversely, cool-season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass and Fescue, thrive in the northern and midwest parts of the US. They also do better in the late summer and early fall. There is a “transition zone” that includes states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee, in which this timing can vary a bit, as the cooler and warmer regions of the United States overlap here.

Watering New Grass Seed

Luckily, a small-time commitment can go a long way in the growth of your grass seed. Knowing when, how often, and how much to water your grass seed can be a make or break when it comes to growing your new lawn.

watering new grass seed

How Often To Water Grass Seed

The first thing to note is that you should begin watering your lawn before the actual seed is planted. Do this a few days before the seed is planted and ensure the watering depth is about six to eight inches. Measure this by inserting a long screwdriver into the ground; little resistance indicates that the watering was the right amount.

In addition, you should water your new grass seed for five to ten minutes following planting. This should be done quickly after the planting occurs. In order to maintain the moisture for the seeds, you will want to be cognizant of the climate in which you live. If you do not have any rain, you should water your grass twice a day until the top couple of inches are moist. This will be most effective in the morning and evening when the sun is less likely to immediately dry up your watering efforts.

Can You Overwater Grass Seed?

Though watering your grass seed seems to be a bit more of an art than a science, there is a way to overdo it. Overwatering your grass seed can cause problems or even kill your new grass seed. An easy way to tell if you are falling prey to overwatering is if you have puddles forming when you’re watering or if the soil is overly soggy. In order to avoid this, you can implement a few practices, including using a water timer, researching the exact species you are using, keeping records of your watering, and monitoring the grass seed visually.

Let’s Get Growing​

Though there are certainly quite a few considerations when it comes to growing different types of grass, you don’t have to do it alone. If you are ready to get started growing the lawn of your dreams, contact us today to learn more about the best type of grass for you and how our team at Warren Professionals can help your lawn goals become a reality.

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