It makes sense that the best time of year to plant anything in your garden is spring. This is when all plants kick into gear after winter dormancy, seeds start to sprout, and when most plants have the best chance of growing. The days are getting longer and the sun brighter, but it’s not too hot. Your lawn grass is no different. Newly laid lawns love spring!
However, lawns also love water. If you don’t get much spring rainfall in your area, and you are water-stressed, there may be a better time to lay your lawn. It all depends on the climate in the area, or even the micro-climate where you live. Seasonal conditions do tend to fluctuate, especially with the effects of global warming.
Some lawn grass cultivars are also suited to growing at any time of the year.
The most important environmental factors to consider when you lay a new lawn:
Young grass grows quickly. But, like all plants, it needs various things to do so, in the ‘right amounts’. Aside from good soil, a new lawn needs to the right daylight hours, water, temperature and humidity:
- Sunlight. The length of days that matter more to young plants and seedlings. Plants (and seeds) respond to the change in daylight hours more than the strength of the sun. In fact, summer sun can damage seedlings and young grass.
- Water. Enough water. But not too much. You don’t want to drown your plants. Well-draining soil and established roots will protect newly laid lawns from inundation. It would be a mistake to lay a new lawn just before heavy rains. Rather lay in the grass in a drier period and water with sprinklers to help the grass establish roots.
- Ambient humidity and temperature. Lay your lawn when there is a good balance of warmth and humidity.
The most important piece of advice: If you live in an area with winter frost, wait until well after the last frost to lay your lawn. Frost can kill new grass overnight!