When You Plant Seed is Critical to Your Success
Growing lush, nutritious forage for your cattle, horses and deer food plots is much more than just planting seed. When you plant seed is just as an important factor as the type of seed due to the type of grass climate we have in Georgia.
What is a Grass Climate?
According to the United States National Arboretum, the US is divided into four different climate zones for grasses:
Georgia is a transition zone where we experience both cool/humid growing conditions in the fall and spring, and warm/humid growing conditions in the summer. However, the chart does not mean you can’t plant cool weather grasses. Rather, it means that you should reseed in the fall, especially if the summer has been very hot/dry and the cool weather grasses have likely died off.
Cool-Season and Warm-Season Grass Species
Grasses are divided into cool-season and warm-season species. Cool-season grasses are more productive in times of the year when temperatures range between 65°F to 75°F. For example, Fescue is a cool-season grass which explains why it grows so well in the fall months compared to summer. On the other hand, Bermuda is a warm-season grass that grows between 80°F to 95°F and goes dormant in the winter.