The Best Time to Plant Grass in Georgia

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The warm, temperate climate of Georgia comprises both a cool fall-to-spring period and a profoundly hot and humid summer. Many grass types are suitable for a Georgia lawn, each with pros and cons based on your soil and maintenance needs.

Types

  • In northern Georgia tall fescue grass, a cool-season type, makes an acceptable lawn grass. Elsewhere, warm-season grasses such as zoysia grass dominate, with St. Augustine grass, centipede grass and Bermuda grass becoming more widespread farther south.

Time Frame

  • The best time for sowing fescue to establish a new lawn is September and October. It may be overseeded on warm-season grass lawns to provide greenness during winter when warm-season grass is dormant and brown. Common Bermuda grass is sown from seed in May when temperatures are warm.

Considerations

  • Most warm-season grasses are grown from sprigs, plugs or cut sod rather than seed. Warm-season grasses are most quickly established in May and June when air and soil temperatures are warm and seasonal rain is abundant.

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