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Planting grass seed in summer: 3 tips for late planters

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

So you want to cure your patchy lawn of its sore spots. Good news: Here are three things you can do during the summer months to get your lawn in better shape.

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  1. Install sod. In order to thrive, cool season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and fine Fescues need time to establish their roots before the heat of summer hits. That makes April the best month for planting. But sod already has established roots, so warmer weather is not the same threat. If you have bare patches to fill, sod can do the trick.

  2. Apply lawn fertilizer. If your lawn is thin and struggling, new grass seed will help, but so will lawn fertilizer. With a boost of nutrients, your grass will have a better chance of filling in the patchy areas. Check out our article on natural lawn fertilizers to give your lawn some chemical-free care.

  3. Plant grass seed anyway. Yes, you are out of the optimal planting window, but that doesn't mean you can't put down seed and hope for the best. With diligent watering, and a little luck--meaning, no significant heat waves--some of the seed may survive and thrive.

There's more than one way to get a lush lawn for summer. Sure, April is best for grass seed planting, but there's plenty you can do in summer to help your lawn and garden bloom.

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