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How to Make Grass Grow in November

By Elizabeth Knoll ; Updated September 21, 2017

Grass needs three important things to grow and flourish: sunlight, warmth and moisture. In the fall, as the sunlight begins to fade, warmth and sunlight become less abundant. This makes it harder to germinate and grow grass, especially in the more northern regions of the United States. If you are in tropical, subtropical or southern climate areas, it is still in the realm of possibility to grow grass in November.

Rake the planting area soil to loosen it. Remove any debris, rocks or branches from the planting area.

Pour grass seed into a broadcast spreader and apply at the recommended rate on the seed packaging.

Spread the seed evenly over the entire planting area, walking back and forth in parallel lines while pushing the broadcast spreader.

Rake the seeds into the top 1/8 inch of the soil. Spread 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch of peat moss or clean compost evenly over the planting area.

Water the seeds two to three times per day for five to 10 minutes each time. Keep the planting area evenly moist at all times. Adjust watering if the planting area becomes too dry or too wet.

Adjust the watering schedule to two to three times per week after all the seeds have germinated. Increase the watering time to encourage the roots to begin growing deep. After the first mowing, adjust the watering schedule to once per week after the first mowing. Apply 1 inch of water at each of these weekly waterings.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden rake
  • Grass seed
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Peat moss or compost
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Garden hose
  • Pan


  • Try to seed in the earliest part of November to ensure the greatest germination success. Southern parts of the United States should have no problem seeding year round.