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Late summer is a great time of year for many things, but is putting in a new lawn one of them? According to the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, late summer is the best time of year to seed a lawn in Maine. Why? The soil is still warm enabling grass seed to quickly set roots and establish themselves. Furthermore, weeds are on their way out, meaning less competition with newly seeded grass.

Best Type of Grass Seed

There is no doubt that Maine is a cool weather state with only a few short months of summer sun. This makes choosing the best type of grass seed for a new lawn all the more important. Cool season grasses are the best option because they flourish during the hot days of summer after a long, freezing cold winter. When putting in a new lawn, choose from a variety of cool season grasses depending on traffic and time available for maintenance.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass: Grows dense and bright green to deep blue-green in color. Best used in low-medium trafficked areas.
  • Fine Fescue: Grows bright green in color and grows great in shady areas requiring little maintenance and moisture. Best used in moderately trafficked areas.
  • Tall Fescue: Grows thick and deep green in color. Tolerates highly trafficked areas, heat, and drought. Offers superb disease resistance.
  • Perennial Rye Grass: Grows bright green in color and is known for quick germination. Tolerates highly trafficked areas and requires little maintenance.

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Lawn_grassNow’s a good time to start reseeding your lawn and fixing any dead or bare patches. Before heading to the store and picking up any old bag of grass seed, there are a few things to consider. Choosing the right type of grass seed makes a big difference in how well your lawn grows.

Tips for Choosing Grass Seed

  • Cool/Warm Season Grasses: Choose according to the area in which you live
  • Use of Lawn: Consider use of the lawn and how much wear and tear it will receive and choose a grass that can handle its use
  • Maintenance: How much time do you have to mow, rake and water the grass? Choose a high or low maintenance type of grass seed accordingly

New Lawn Installation in Central Maine

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When it comes time to plant the garden, especially for those with short growing seasons in the north, it’s best to transplant certain vegetable varieties rather than seed them directly into the ground. Some vegetables do well when transplanted while others grow poorly or not at all when their roots have been disturbed.

Below is a list of vegetables that transplant well along with a list of vegetables that  do fine when directly seeded into the ground. Some vegetables take shorter days to mature and do not need to be transplanted even in the north.


List of Vegetables that Transplant Well in the North

Beets Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts Cabbage
Cauliflower Celeriac
Celery Eggplant
Kale Kohlrabi
Leeks Lettuce
Melons Onions (bulbing)
Peppers Pumpkins
Tomatoes Watermelon

List of Vegetables to Seed Directly in the North

Beans Beets
Carrots Corn
Cucumbers Greens
Lettuce Parsnips
Peas Radish
Rutabaga Spinach
Squash Turnip

Helpful Gardening Links

How to Grow Your Own Vegetables with Limited Time
Early Vegetable Varieties to Grow in the North
How to Keep Soil Temperatures Up in the North
How to Grow Watermelon in the North
Tips for Sustainable Vegetable Gardening in Maine and the North
Best Self-Sufficient Vegetables and Preservation Methods

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