Grass seed may expire. The germination rate decreases slowly, generally 10% every year, if kept dry and away of sunshine for more than a year. utilize additional seed to utilize the seed. Thus, discounting older seed may not be a good deal!
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Most seed packages include three, four, five or more different cultivars that come from different areas of the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Canada. They are checked for germination and purity and very often double-checked by the governmental agencies in the state where they are sold.
How Old Is Too Old?
Grass seed may survive two to three years in a cool, dry environment, although outcomes may vary. As the seed matures, fewer seeds germinate, requiring more seed to fill the area.
Get a Styrofoam coffee cup, put a paper towel in it, add one inch of water, sprinkle the grass seed on top, set it in a warm, sunny window, check it every few days, and water if needed. Create a greenhouse by covering the cup with a plastic bag. After 10–14 days, the cup seed should germinate.
Reasons Your Grass Didn’t Grow
If the grass seed you used failed to germinate, it’s not necessarily the fault of the seed. There are many other things that can and will go wrong when attempting to grow grass.
After raking their yards and finding dry places, homeowners put grass seed in spring, but chilly and rainy weather may inhibit germination. Grass seed germinates at 55 degrees soil and 60 degrees air.
Too much water can hinder germination, too. Excessive spring rains can delay germination and, while watering newly planted grass seed is good for growth, overwatering will not make it grow any faster.
Lack of sunlight and areas that are too shady can make it more challenging to grow grass seed. Shady areas are more conducive to growing trees than grass seed. If your shaded area receives only 1-2 hours of sunlight a day, you may have trouble growing grass. In these areas, pachysandra or ivy are great ground covers to consider.
Great lawns are not as easy and 1-2-3-4. By following Jonathan Green’s revolutionary New American Lawn Plan, you will learn how to address the root causes of any lawn problems, instead of merely battling symptoms such as weeds and insects.
It’s crucial to create an environment that the grass seed wants to grow in. Test the soil in areas that you are having trouble growing grass seed before you waste money on more seed and fertilizer.
Grass seed expires? Yes, however there may be other reasons your grass isn’t growing well. Jonathan Green online or at your local independent merchant will help you get amazing lawn results.