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Frost Seeding

Frost seeding is the newest and most effective way of establishing turf in the spring time of the year. The spring time ranks as second only to fall as the most ideal time to establish turf. Ideally, frost seeding should be done anytime from late February to late March. 

1)  Broadcast the seed either by hand or with a spreader over the bare frozen ground. 

  • As the frost begins to leave the ground, the soil surface expands and contracts in order to allow the moisture to escape. This produces a honeycombing effect with tiny openings being created in the soil surface. It is through these openings that the seed is able to work its way down into the soil to begin germination. As the soil temperature rises, combined with spring moisture the seed is present and ready to begin growing.

2) Once the seed has germinated, it is important to begin watering as needed.

  • On new grasses, we recommend enough water to keep the surface of the ground damp. This should continue until the new grass has been mowed 3-4 times. Then water as needed, the same way you normally do with your established turf areas.


"On 5/20, the sun finally came out! I called your office to get my grass sprayed. Five minutes later, your truck was at my house. Excellent service! Thank you One Step, thank you Paul!"

Harold, Rochester

"Healthy, dense lawns absorb rainfall six times more efficiently than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field. Sodded lawns can absorb 10 to 12 times more water than seeded lawns, even after two years of growth, thus preventing run-off erosion."