There are many different situations in which you might be wondering, “How fast does grass grow?” If you have just planted new grass seeds or sod, or if you are trying to find out when you will next need to maintain your lawn, it’s important to know how quickly the grass is going to grow out.
How Fast Does Grass Grow?
If you are growing grass from a seed, it will take between seven and thirty days for a single seed to fully germinate. This is the time that it takes for the seed to grow up from the dirt so that the blade of grass is visible.
From there, it will take even longer for the grass to grow out and for it to become stable. It needs to establish more roots as it grows. If you just planted an entire new lawn of grass from seed, you should wait a while before you let yourself walk over it to make sure that the seeds have had time to fully develop. If you walk on the area where you planted seeds before they are fully developed, it could ruin the lawn.
Of course, the amount of time that it will take for grass to grow depends on the kind of grass seed that you have planted. If you have a fast-growing grass type, then it will be closer to seven days. If the kind of grass that you planted is slow-growing, it could be closer to 30 days.
What’s the Fastest Growing Grass Seed?
In general, bermudagrass is the fastest growing grass. It grows in about 10 days on average, compared to the 7 to 30 days that it takes grass to grow in general. Bermudagrass only grows in warm climates, though.
If you are looking for a fast-growing grass for a cooler or more temperate climate, ryegrass is then likely the quickest growing grass for your region. It has a similar germination time as bermudagrass.
Before you plant either one of these two fast growing grasses, make sure that you have checked to see if they are right for your region. Things such as average rainfall and the amount of sunlight your lawn gets are important factors in the growth of grass. If the grass isn’t right for your area, it will not grow quickly.
|Grass Type||Days to Germinate|
|Perennial Ryegrass||5 to 10 days|
|Kentucky Bluegrass||10 to 21 days|
|Tall Fescue||7 to 12 days|
|Zoysia||14 to 21 days|
|Bermuda||10 to 30 days|
|Centipede||14 to 21 days|
|Buffalo||14 to 30 days|
How Fast Does Grass Grow in a Day?
If you are trying to measure how fast your grass grows each day, it’s not going to be a noticeable amount. While grass tends to grow quickly, that does not mean that you will be able to see its growth progress from one day to the next, just like how you can’t see how quickly your own hair grows.
Depending on the type of grass and the amount of sun and water that it is getting, the amount of inches that it grows per month is about two to six. This means that the amount that the grass would grow in a day would range from between .07 to .3 inches.
In total, grass does grow a noticeable amount from month to month, and even from week to week. But you will probably not be able to see the height of your grass change overnight.
How Fast Does Grass Grow After It Rains?
The presence of rain makes grass grow much quicker. Compared to the two to six inches per month that grass might grow, that amount could double or even triple after a heavy rain.
If there is a good amount of rain over your grass, it’s possible for the grass to be able to grow three to six inches per week. Rainwater gives the grass both moisture and nutrients. This is why grass grows very quickly after it has rained. Water from a hose doesn’t typically have as many nutrients as rainwater does.
How Can I Speed up the Growth of Grass?
The best way to speed up the growth of grass is to use fertilizer. You should use a starter fertilizer if you have some freshly planted grass. I recommend this Scotts turf builder starter food (link to Amazon). It fertilizes new grass but it also prevents crabgrass so it’s a great product to apply in the spring.
Fert can also be used after you have an established lawn.
If you are adding fertilizer to an established lawn, it will help the grass to grow both taller and thicker. It’s a great way to troubleshoot thin or patchy grass, without having to buy new seed or plant more sod on your lawn.
You should also look into the amount of light and water that your lawn gets. Check what the best combination of light and water are for the kind of grass that you have. Make sure that you are giving your grass plenty of water, as it will not grow without enough of it.
What Month Does Grass Grow the Fastest?
There is no one specific month in which grass grows the fastest. In general, grass will grow the quickest when the climate is right for what that grass prefers.
If the grass on your lawn is meant for places that have a warmer or tropical climate, the grass will grow best in the summer months. If your grass is best in cool climates, it will grow better in the fall months and the spring months.
Most of the time, grass doesn’t grow when the climate is too cold. This is especially relevant for regions that see harsh winters.
Does Grass Grow Quicker When Cut?
It may seem strange, but grass actually does grow faster after it has been cut. The grass can tell when the top part of it has been cut off, and will work to regrow what has been lost.
By cutting grass, you are actually encouraging it to grow. The grass wants to grow to the level that it is supposed to genetically, and will grow back as long as it has the nutrients and energy to do so.
Make sure that you are watering your lawn regularly. If your grass does not have the nutrients and energy to grow back, it could start to die.