If you're planning to plant grass, you'd better do it fast - Omaha.com
Published Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 11:26 am
If you're planning to plant grass, you'd better do it fast

Despite the forecast for a hot weekend, grass seed should be planted now in order to establish it in the fall, said a top turf expert.

Zac Reicher, a turf grass specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said people have about 10 days left to plant grass seed if they want lawns to survive the winter. The university considers Sept. 15 as the cutoff for planting grass seed, he said.

Tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass are the types of grass planted at this time of year in the Midlands.

Temperatures in the 90s, forecast for this weekend, are less than desirable, but there's not enough of a planting window left to fret over that, he said.

“Get it in the ground, the sooner the better,” Reicher said.

Focus on keeping the seeds and seedlings evenly moist until the grass is well-established.

“The thing that will kill your grass is if it germinates and then dries out,” he said.

There's also still time to plant fall vegetable gardens, said Kathleen Cue, horticulturist and educator with UNL Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

Among the viable fall vegetables are spinach, lettuce, peas and transplants of things such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.


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