Sowing grass seed in winter

Asked January 24, 2017, 1:22 PM EST

Hello, A cable company is laying cable in our area. Shallow trenches about 4 ft. long and 2 ft. wide were dug every 25 ft. or so in a turf type fescue lawn. After the cable was installed, the trenches were back filled with the excavated soil. Can I sow fescue seed now to germinate when the soil reaches the correct temperature in the spring? Thanks.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

When good grass seed was less expensive, we may have suggested that you throw some out there. However, now is not the best time to do this for a myriad of reasons.
The spring window (fall is the best time) to plant turf-type tall fescue is March thru April. The soil will need to warm up for germination to occur, and once germinated, it needs to stay moist. Weed seed germination and competition are fierce in the spring.
Here is our lawn page:http://www.extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/lawns

Though more expensive, sod is another option. All of your questions about Lawn Establishment and Overseeding can be found in this publication from our website: https://www.extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG102%20Lawn%20...

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