Most homeowners love a beautiful lawn which can add to their home’s curbside appeal. Having a decent-looking lawn also helps to keep up the beauty of your local community. When property owners decide to plant grass or to improve the quality of their lawn they might want to know how long it will take for their grass seed to grow. We’ve looked into all of this for you, and the following guide will help explain the process.
Grass Growth Basics
When a person decides to grow new grass or to improve their current plot, it will, luckily, not take that much time for the grass to start growing. Here the primary factors that influence grass growth:
- Water and Moisture – Water is extremely important to the growth process. The more water, the more quickly your grass will grow.
- Grass Type – The type of grass that a person is growing will determine how fast it will grow. Look for varieties native to your area for the best possible results.
- Temperature – Not all grass seeds are made for all climates. Be sure to choose seed that can handle your local weather conditions.
- Soil Conditions – Some soils are better suited for growing grass than others.
- Sunshine – An abundance of sunshine can help the grass to grow at faster pace. Conversely, a lack of it will slow the growth process.
The above points are essential factors that will help you to manage the growth of your grass better. Let’s delve further into each of these points to provide you with a deeper understanding of how they work.
First, we are going to start with grass-type. Before all other factors can be considered for grass growth; a person must figure out the type of grass that best suits their climate. The reason for this is that certain types of grasses have a longer growth period than others.
Certain varieties of grasses are made for specific climates. Most home improvement stores and nurseries carry the proper type of grass suited for your particular environment. If you can’t easily find the proper type on the shelves, then ask which type you should use. There should be staff on hand that can answer this for you. Keep in mind that most grasses have a growth process that takes place between 5 and 30 days. Here is a list of grass types and their growth cycles:
Cool Season Grasses
- Bentgrass has a 10 to 14-day growth cycle
- Bluegrass has a 14 to 30-day growth cycle
- Fescue has a 7 to 14-day growth cycle
- Ryegrass has a 5 to 10-day growth cycle
Warm Season Grasses
- Bermuda has a 10 to 30-day growth cycle
- Centipede has a 14 to 21-day growth cycle
- Zoysia has a 30 to 45-day growth cycle
- Buffalo has a 14 to 30-day growth cycle
Once you figure out the type of grass that is best for you to plant, you will have a better idea of how long it will take for it to grow.
Water and Moisture
If you want to maximize your growth time; then you will need to keep your grass and the ground moist. The key to getting optimal grass growth is to keep your lawn moist without over-watering it. This is not an easy thing for most people. In fact, in the rainy spring months grass can really take off and you might find yourself needing to mow and string trim your grass more than once a week.
You will probably have to experiment and go through a bit of trial and error before you can get the optimum amount of water correct. However, once you find that balance, you should be able to keep your lawn moist without overdoing it.
If your lawn is displaying any of the qualities listed below, you are probably overwatering it.
- Soggy soil
- Puddles of water
- Clumping grass seed
Temperature and Grass
The best temperature for growing any type of grass is between 65 and 75 degrees. For cool-weather variety grasses, this temperature can be between 50 to 65 degrees. Warmer temperature grasses can usually stand temperatures as high as 80 degrees. However, warm temperature grasses do not perform well in weather that is 60 and below. Once again, the type of grass you should be growing will be determined by your local climate.
Soil Conditions and Sunshine
Some lawns naturally have a better grade of soil than others. Some soil blends are firm enough to hold grass in place but soft enough for a person to manipulate. Other soil types are rigid, hard to break through, and rough to deal with. Other soil types are soggy, full of excessive moisture and can’t be manipulated at all. So, having the right type of soil is critical to the growing success.
You can test your soil to see if it is strong enough to maintain the type of grass you are planting. If you notice that your grass isn’t doing so well, you should have your soil tested to determine if this is the problem. Some stores even sell soil testing kits so you can figure out the type of dirt you have. That way you can make adjustments for growing the best lawn possible.
Some lawns will receive more sunlight than others. If you have a lawn that faces north, you will get less light than your neighbors who have lawns facing south, east, or west. Remember the sun never shines in the northern sky over the United States. If your lawn faces a northward direction, then you will need to expect a slightly longer growing cycle for your grass. Ultimately, planting and growing grass is not a complicated process, and you should be able to see a fresh lawn within 3 weeks to one month.