Can You Put Down Grass Seed in Winter?
Homeowners will typically ask this question after their lawn does not bounce back during cooler fall weather like they thought it would. They wonder if there is an advantage to seeding in winter rather than waiting till spring.
Professional turfgrass managers call this practice “Dormant Seeding”. Often time professionals are forced to seed in winter because their athletic fields are in use during optimum seeding times.
Click here to read a good article on this subject published in Ground Maintenance. The article was written by Dr. Bridget Ruemmele, an associate professor of turfgrass science at the University of Rhode Island. Even though the article is directed to professional turfgrass managers, I think you will find this info useful if you are considering dormant seeding.
If you decide to put down grass seed this winter that will germinate when the soil warms, remember to not use a regular crabgrass preventer come early spring, click here to learn about one that will prevent crabgrass while allowing your new grass seed to germinate.