LAWN CARE 101

VIEW ALL | BACK TO MAIN

A Slow Start to the Season

As we zero in on the end of April, I couldn’t help but sigh as I left for work this morning and saw that there was still no growth visible in this area next to my driveway. It was seeded two weeks ago and I have been watering daily. Perhaps you’ve been seeing the same thing?

I wasn’t surprised though. Temperatures have been dropping down around freezing almost on a nightly basis for the past week. This slows down new seed germination tremendously. And there’s a very simple reason for that. Seed needs 2 things to grow.

1) Water
2) Warmth

If it’s too dry, seed won’t grow. If it’s too cold, seed won’t grow. It’s just that simple. And I knew that, but it’s still a bit of a bummer to see the effect. Luckily, I also know that the seed is perfectly viable and will begin to grow as soon as we get a decent stretch of warmer days and nights. Adding new seed or fertilizer at this point will accomplish nothing. The seed is fine, and the soil is fine. It’s just waiting. And waiting. With any luck, the wait will be over soon and I will be able to post a nice picture of a green carpet in this area.

If you have also been dealing with slow or nonexistent seed growth, we would respectfully encourage as much patience as you can muster. We share your frustration, but we also anticipate results pretty soon as things will certainly warm up over the next few weeks. Thanks in advance for any patience.

Related Articles