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When to plant grass seeds in Vancouver

Post Date: July 5th, 2012

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Did you know that there is an optimal time of year when to plant grass seeds in Vancouver’s Pacific Northwest climate? Most people don’t, which often leads lawn owners to plant at less than optimal times without making the necessary adjustments. The result will be wasted grass seeds, not to mention the wasted time preparing the soil, terrain and pest control measures.


Grass seeds need good soil conditions in order to grow and germinate. With this in mind, make sure that your soil is at the correct depth. The bare minimum soil depth for a healthy lawn is 10 cm (4 inches); however, you should aim for 15 cm (6 inches) for deeper root penetration. Note that freshly added topsoil will compact up to 50% over the first year after its installation so be aware of this when buying your topsoil. Prior to planting the seeds, aerate your soil to help prepare it for better moisture retention and breathing.


So in Vancouver, and any area in the Pacific Northwest, the best time to plant grass seeds is in April. This is usually the time before summer arrives, bringing dryer soil conditions with it. If you do end up planting grass seeds in the summer season, just be aware the you will have to use a bit more water to maintain soil moisture. Be environmentally responsible and remember to water only during the allowed times.


Keep Your Soil Moist

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At the time of writing, here are the lawn sprinkling regulations for when you are allowed to water your lawn in Greater Vancouver.



- Sprinkling is permitted between: 4 a.m. – 9 a.m.

- Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

- Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday



- Sprinkling is permitted between: 1 a.m. – 6 a.m.

- Even-numbered addresses: Monday and Wednesday

- Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday and Thursday

- All non-residential addresses can also sprinkle 4 a.m. – 9 a.m. Friday


The lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from June 1 to September 30. If you water your lawn outside of the regulated days and hours listed above, you may be fined.



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Keep in mind that if you aren’t able to keep the soil wet enough, weeds are more likely to develop before the grass has a chance to gain a foothold in the soil. This is especially common you when have just power raked your lawn and have a lot of patches of soil without any greenery yet.


Plant During Fall

Another option is to plant your grass seeds during early fall. During this time of the year, Vancouver’s temperature will be comparatively moderate. As a result, your plants will require less watering. When you start planting grass seeds, it is helpful to apply fertilizer to for a better start. You can add more fertilizer after 3 or 4 weeks so that the lower parts of the root can get the nutrients they need from the fertilizer.


You Can Lay Sod Anytime

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Even though before or after summer is the best time to plant grass seeds in Vancouver, you can lay sod any time of the year. With careful preparation, you can keep the sod intact just in time for when you start planting grass seeds on your lawn.


If you need assistance in planting grass in your lawn, contact us and we will be very happy to talk about your lawn’s particular situation and find the best service get your lawn looking the way you want it to.


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