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The ideal times of year in which to grow grass are the fall and spring. Trying to plant grass in the summer isn’t ideal, but sometimes, your landscaping schedule needs to break with the norms for one reason or another. With some extra care, it is possible to lay down a healthy natural grass lawn during the summertime.

Start out by thinking about the type of grass that will grow best in your environment. Warm-season grass varieties like Centipede grass, Bahia grass, Bermuda grass, or Zoysia grass are best to seed in the late summer. These warm-season grasses come from tropical areas in the world and grow most actively when the air temperature sits between 70 and 90°F.

Centipede grass grows best in warm, humid areas of the South and doesn’t need a lot of fertilizer.

Bahia grass is great for coastal areas because it grows well in acidic, sandy soil.

Bermuda grass can be mowed down to a short height and is great for areas that are suffering from droughts.

Zoysia grass is more common in the middle part of the U.S. and can tolerate the coldest temperatures of the warmer-season varieties.

Once you have chosen the variety of grass that is best for you, go ahead and seed your lawn. After the grass seed is planted, it is important to keep a meticulous watering schedule.

Keep the top inch of soil moist (not soggy) for the first 2-3 weeks until the seeds sprout. Once the seeds have sprouted, keep the top 2 inches of soil moist but let it dry partly between watering. Continue to reduce watering as needed but don’t let it dry out too much because that could cause the new grass to get scorched.

As we mentioned, growing new grass in the summer isn’t for everyone, and it’s not what most landscaping professionals will recommend. If it proves too much for you to handle or you need a second opinion, reach out to a professional. A professional can help with everything from choosing the right grass to finding a crew to plant it in the heat of the summer.

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