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Dormant Season Lawn Seeding

November 7, 2012

Weekly ag column by Mike Boersma County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties
November is a good time for dormant season lawn seeding, as the soil is not yet frozen but is cool enough to delay seed germination until next spring. Dormant seeding can be beneficial because it allows homeowners to apply seed to bare and thin spots this fall, rather than wait until spring. This usually allows the newly planted areas to green up a few weeks earlier in the coming growing season since the grass seed will germinate and begin growing as soon as soil temperatures warm up rather than having to wait until the lawn is dry enough for spring yard work. In addition, dormant seeding generally leads to less weed pressure compared to spring seeding.

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