Planting Grass Seed

Asked October 14, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT

Can I plant seed this time of year?

Washington County Oregon

1 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:

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:

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.

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