Q • I had so much occurring in life this fall and didn’t have an opportunity to throw out any grass seed. I do know I’m going to be busy once more this spring, and I used to be questioning if there was any hope for my garden if I threw out any seed now.
A • Fall is the most effective time to get grass to germinate for cool-season lawns, however you possibly can efficiently overseed a garden in winter. That is known as dormant seeding. The keys to success are timing and good seed-to-soil contact. Germination charges too early in winter might be pretty low, however in February it’s round 75%.
Plan on utilizing a little bit bit extra seed than you usually would to account for this barely much less profitable fee throughout winter. Similar to seeding within the fall, ensure that your seed has good contact with the bottom to make sure the seeds to germinate.
Attempt to rake up or blow out any particles earlier than seeding. Add some texture to the soil with a rake or cultivator if potential. In the event you can unfold your seed proper earlier than it snows, it is going to assist the seed additional settle into the soil as it’s compacted by the snow. This can even present water to the seeds to prime them for germination when temperatures heat and assist stop them from being disturbed by climate or animals after you throw them down.
Write to the Missouri Botanical Backyard’s Heart for House Gardening at email@example.com or the Horticulture Reply Service, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110.