Nothing plays a bigger role in the American dream than a perfect, green lawn. We see it in advertising; we see it in movies; we see it on the fields of or sports teams. Green, unblemished grass is the holy grail of every homeowner.
But how do you start the perfect lawn? Planting grass seed needs to be more than an act of faith. To achieve the perfect lawn you need to understand the fundamentals of grass seed germination.
What Every Grass Seed Wants
For proper grass seed germination, several conditions need to be present. Like most living things, grass seed need food, water and shelter.
But When Will I See Green?
Different types of grass seed have different germination periods. Some grasses may take close to a month to germinate, while others will sprout up in less than a week. Typical germination times are:
When you soak seeds, you allow water to fully penetrate the hull of the seed, nourishing the germ that will bloom into a plant. Seeds will get food from the nutrients in the soil surrounding them once they are planted, but to flourish they need plenty of water.
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