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How Long Does Grass Seed Take to Grow
- Published: Mar 18/2022
- Last update: May 19/2023
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Usually, under the right conditions, grass takes anywhere from 5 to 10 days to grow. However, due to different factors, the grass can sometimes take a little longer to germinate in the first place.
So, if you
Then read along…
The first and most obvious thing that affects how fast your grass grows is the weather. You’re probably already familiar that the colder it is, the slower the grass growth will be. What you might not know, however, is that the temperature of the soil is just as important, if not more so.
Weather and soil temperatures don’t always match and that’s perfectly normal. The air in the soil is affected by the atmospheric air and is, therefore, in constant fluctuation.
The ground absorbs heat over time, then slowly releases it. That’s why the soil is still warm even when the cold days come. The weather affects the soil, which in turn will either increase or decrease the growth rate of your grass seeds.
Factors that control the temperature of the soil include soil tilth, moisture, colour, and the slope of the land. While there’s not much you can do about these factors, you can control the temperature through aeration. A soil thermometer will show whether you’re below the desired temperature, or above it.
The best temperature for grass growth is between 6 – 35 °C (43 to 95°F). With that said:
The fewer temperature fluctuations there are, the better because each fluctuation will slow down the growth process. That’s you need to be sure that the weather will be nice at least two weeks after seeding.
The popular saying “too much of a good thing” applies perfectly to this case. Your grass will experience heat stress if the weather is too warm for too long. The water in the soil will evaporate way too quickly, which in turn will deprive the seeds of much-needed moisture. The topsoil will become hard and dry, making it harder for the roots to grow. On the other hand, the seeds themselves can dry out and die.
Water cannot move as quickly in colder soil. The colder the soil becomes, the slower the growth rate of the grass becomes. If the temperatures drop below zero, the water will freeze depriving the seeds of moisture. As a result, there is a good chance the grass will go dormant. Water is also more scarce because it falls as snow instead of liquid form. And since it’s cold, the snow won’t melt and seep into the ground.
Different kinds of grasses germinate and grow at different rates, even if the conditions in your lawn are as perfect as can be. Some grasses need warmer temperatures, while others require quite the opposite. One such example is:
On the other hand:
So, when searching to purchase seeds, always take into consideration the type. Some cool-season grasses that you can try include:
While you can’t control the weather, you can prepare your lawn for the smooth germination and growth of your grass by following the steps below:
If everything goes according to plan, your grass will take about 6 to 8 weeks to grow fully.
It might seem like the conditions were perfect, but if you still fail to see results, then there might be some other explanations.
If you find this task too daunting, consider hiring professionals. Fantastic Services works with fully equipped and highly trained gardeners. They will carry out our lawn top-dressing and re-seeding services in a stress-free manner and will restore the lush green look of your lawn. Call us today, let us know what you need and get a quote!
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