Central Washington’s hot, arid climate impact lawn care. For an optimal lawn, read about best practices in irrigation, mowing, fertilization, and seedling.
- Turfgrass Maintenance Calendar for Central Washington – Calculate how much to water, how often to mow, and when to fertilize lawns in our area.
- Home Lawns – a 16-page publication describes lawns from seed to summer care to troubleshooting problems.
Seed a New Lawn in Central Washington
For best performance, seeding a new lawn in Central Washington starts with the right season, the right variety of grasses, and soil preparation.
Seed in Spring or Fall
The best time of year to seed a new lawn in Central Washington is mid-August to mid-September, followed by April to May. These seasons are cooler so the seed bed is easier to keep moist for the germinating seed. In Central Washington, where irrigation water may be available, homeowners would time their planting to dates after water is turned on for the season, or before it is turned off in the Fall.
A blend of two varieties is recommended for Central Washington. The blends will vary depending on whether the lawn is in shade or sun.
For a lawn in a sunny area, we recommend a blend of about 80% Kentucky Blue and about 20% fine fescue. For our area, these varieties are recommended:
|Creeping Red Fine Fescues
Majestic- – R
Ram I- S
Resistance to necrotic ring spot
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