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Is it too late to sow grass seed in Versailles, KY?

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Is it too late to sow grass seed in Versailles, KY?

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The Gardener’s Answer

Here in Kentucky we have two different time frames to take advantage of the cooler temperatures as well as moisture levels for seeding our lawns. The first time frame and usually the most successful is from the middle of August until the middle of September. The next opportunity is mid-February to mid-March.

Timing is just as important as choosing a grass that will do well in your area. Tall fescue is one that will do well throughout our state. Kentucky bluegrass does well in eastern and central Kentucky, and Bermuda or zoysiagrass does well in western Kentucky. Different grass seed requires different rates of application so keep this in mind when purchasing the seed. Shadier areas require different grass than full sun areas.

You may want to contact your county Cooperative Extension Agent to ask about local recommendations. You may also ask your agent about having your soil tested to determine lime and fertilizer levels before you seed. Preparing the soil is important in terms of removing rocks and other debris that may be in the way. It is important to loosen the soil before seeding and after you have seeded; remember to keep these areas moist for the next 2-3 weeks. Sodding is another option although a more expensive one; it can be done all year long except during the winter and hot, dry summers.

For more detailed information on choosing the right grass for your space grass seed, click here.

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