Q. When is the best time to plant a lawn--spring or fall?
A new lawn can be planted in spring or fall. However, fall is a better time, due to the cooler weather and consistent soil moisture. These conditions help a lawn germinate faster. Weed competition is also reduced in the fall because lower temperatures reduce weed growth.
Improving the soil long before fall will greatly improve the fertility of your future lawn. It is also a good idea to get an initial soil test. State cooperative extension services provide soil testing services. With the test results, you can be certain about what is needed to improve your soil. You can also get information from the service about what lawn seed mixes are best for your area. Once your lawn is established, your healthy soil should keep it lush and beautiful.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service