• Maintaining and Growing a Lush Lawn: Fall Is The Time For Planting Grass Seed

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    You may think the growing season is over, but there are many things to plant in the fall; one of which is grass seed. In order to keep out weeds and maintain a healthy lawn, now is the best time for seeding your lawn. So, what seed is best to grow here in the Bluegrass state?

    According to the late A.J. Powell Jr. in a University of Kentucky online publication tall fescue is the grass of choice for our region. St. Matthews Feed & Seed provides several grass seed options, one of which is the St. Matthews Sunny Mix Plus grass seed which contains 4 varieties of fescue available in bulk, or in 50lb bags. The 4 varieties of tall fescue contained in our Sunny Mix Plus were chosen from NTEP (National Turfgrass Evaluation Program) studies conducted in Lexington, Ky. We think this is the best custom mix for our area.

    In order to germinate your grass seed, it is important to remember that seed to soil contact and moisture maintenance are pivotal. Here are some basic steps to germinate your grass seed: 1) remove any weeds or dead matter from area 2) rake the soil to approximately 1/4” depth 3) seed area using a rotary seeder, spreader, or power seeder 4) lightly press down soil 5) gently water (30 minutes) 6) cover area with mulching material 7) do not disturb soil 8) maintain a moist environment (not soggy) for 10-15 days 9) when your grass reaches 2-2 ½ inches tall you can begin mowing

    October through December is the best time to fertilize your lawn. After mowing your new lawn at least twice, you can begin fertilizing. We recommend using Lebanon Proscape 25-0-5 to fertilize your lawn because it has a controlled release system to reduce the leaching of potassium, and it releases nitrogen over long periods.

    Here at St. Matthews Feed & Seed we have 10 different grass seed options available: St. Matthews Sunny Mix Plus, Shady Mix Plus, Falcon V, Crossfire III, Kentucky 31, Contractor’s Mix, Creeping Red Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Rye, and Annual Rye. Whether planting in shady spots, sunny spots, or various other environmental conditions, we can help you choose the grass seed best suited for your needs. For more information about creating a beautiful lawn, check out University of Kentucky’s Turfgrass Science website.