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The Best Time of Year to Plant Grass in Your Yard


When Should You Plant Grass?

With the summer heat coming, you want your yard to stay looking great and to be a place you want to be. This starts with picking the best type of grass. Depending on where you live, you’ll either choose cool weather or warm weather grass. The southern regions of the country are considered Warm Climates, so choose Warm Weather Grass, like Zoysia, St. Augustine, and Bermuda.

If you live here in the Peoria area or in other parts of the Midwest or northern U.S. with typically cooler climates, choose cool weather grass like Fescue, Rye, and Kentucky Bluegrass. As Peoria’s lawn care experts, we know each type of grass grows better in its respective climate. Grasses that are designed for cool weather will grow better in regions with cooler summers and winters where the ground freezes. Warm weather grass does better in areas of hotter weather patterns.

Of course, cool weather grasses can grow in warmer climates and vice versa, but each type of grass of course will be healthier in its native climate. If you plant grass in a climate that is not natural to that type of grass, it will be harder to maintain. This will take extra work, which can include reseeding in autumn, especially during a particularly hot summer. Cool weather grass is likely to die off in hot summers.

Best Time of Year to Plant Grass in Hot Climates

For warm weather grass for hot regions, plant in early spring through early summer before it gets too hot during the day. You want your grass to acclimate to the conditions and get plenty of water before the drying 90 and 100 degree temperatures during the day come.

Best Time of Year to Plant Grass in Cooler Climates

For planting Rye, Fescue or Kentucky Bluegrass, late August through mid October is generally a good time to plant. You want your grass to get a good holding in the ground before it gets too cold in the winter months.

It’s important to follow these steps depending on the type of climate you live in, to ensure the healthiest grass. But as a rule of thumb, early fall is typically the best time to plant for the healthiest looking lawn.

Warmer days and more moderate temperatures at night will help with water retention. Summer planting can damage the seed and temperatures can get too high.

Follow these simple tips to keep your yard as healthy and green as possible, and if you need professional help, give us a call today!