When Is the Best Time to Seed Your Lawn?

Different grass seed types have different planting times and needs to stay green and healthy, and the grass you plant also depends on the state you live in.

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Rachel Polant

Apr 5

These are the types of grass should you plant to ensure the health of your lawn

There are different planting zones for grass seed across the county. Just like taking into consideration your zone when deciding what flowers and trees to plant, turf types have the same needs. Some are cool weather, some are warm weather, and all have various pros and cons to the region where they are grown.

Planting to the seed and not the state

In reality, you can plant any type of seed anywhere in the country. Getting it to grow is more about the proper care of the kind of seed than the region it’s planted.

So, if you plant a warm weather grass in a cool climate, lay the seed in the spring when it’s warmer instead of the cooler fall. Ignoring the suggested climate is okay as long as you realize it will most likely die off in its opposite grow season and that you follow the guidelines of sun/shade, water, mowing height, etc.

This chart below is a general guideline to help you know the best time to plant your grass seed as well as what types of turf will do best in your state.

When to Plant Your Grass Seed by State

STATEUSDA ZONEBEST TIME TO PLANTBEST TYPE OF GRASS
Alabama7-10Mid Spring-Late SummerBermuda, Zoysia
Alaska1Late Spring-SummerBluegrass, Fescue
Arizona7-10Spring-SummerZoysia
Arkansas8-9Late Spring-SummerBermuda
California6-11Early Fall & Late Spring/SummerFine Fescue/Bermuda, St. Augustine
Colorado4-6Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Connecticut5-6Early Fall Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fesce
Delaware7Early Fall & Early Spring/SummerKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue/Zoysia
Florida8-10Late Spring-SummerBermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine
Georgia7-9Late Spring-Summer/Early FallBermuda, Aoysia, St. Augustine/Fescue
Hawaii10-11Late Spring-Summer/Early FallBermuda, Zoysia
Idaho4-6Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Illinois5-7Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Indiana5-7Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Iowa4b-5Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Kansas5b-6Early Fall & Early SpringTall or Fine Fescue
Kentucky6Early Fall & Early Spring/SummerKentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue/Bermuda
Louisiana3-5Spring-SummerCentipede Grass, Bermuda
Maine3-5Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Maryland7Early Fall & Early SpringTall Fescue
Massachusetts5-6Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Michigan3-6Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Minnesota3-5Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Mississippi7-8Mid Spring-SummerBermuda, Zoysia
Missouri5b-6Early Fall & Early SpringTall or Fine Fescue
Montana3-5Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Nebraska4b-5Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescue
Nevada5b-9aEarly Fall & Early Spring/SummerKentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescue/Bermuda
New Hampshire3b-5Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
New Jersey6b-7Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
New Mexico5b-8aMid Spring-SummerBermuda
New York3b-6Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
North Carolina7-8Early Fall & Early Spring-SummerKentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescue/Bermuda
North Dakota3-4Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Ohio5-6Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Oklahoma6-7Early Fall & Early Spring/SummerKentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescue/Bermuda
Oregon6-8Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Pennsylvania5b-7aEarly Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Rhode Island6Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
South Carolina8Early Fall & Early Spring/SummerKentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescue/Bermuda
South Dakota3b-5aEarly Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Tennessee6b-7Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Texas6a-9aMid Spring-Early Summer/Early Fall & Early SpringBermuda, St. Augustine/Tall Fescue
Utah5b-8aEarly Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Vermont3-5Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Virginia6b-7Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Washington5b-8aEarly Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Bentgrass, Fine Fescue
West Virginia5b-6bEarly Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass, Rye, Fescue
Wisconsin3-5Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass
Wyoming3-6Early Fall & Early SpringKentucky Bluegrass

DIY it or hire a pro?

Throwing down grass seed can be back-breaking work. If you want a beautiful green lawn without having to dig in the dirt, hire a landscaping company to help you out. You can connect with service.com today to find the lawn care help you need.

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Rachel Polant

Apr 5