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How to keep unused grass seed

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Dec 5, 2006
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How to keep unused grass seed

I bought seed from Costco. I have used half of them and I plan to overseed again in next spring. How to keep those opened grass seed?

Thanks
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Apr 20, 2011
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Keep them in a cool, dark place. Dry, but not too dry that the seeds dry out completely and won't sprout next year (some will anyway, you'll get less and less % germination the longer you keep the bag)
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Jan 5, 2003
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I had a mice issue in my garage a few years ago. I was wondering why they were so attracted to my garage since I didn't have food in there, then I found a bag of grass seed I had forgotten about in a corner...

Now I seal up unused grass seed super tight (not just a loose elastic) and hang it in my garage in a certain way that it's not easily accessible.
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So use clip to close the bag and keep in garage?
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jm1 wrote: Now I seal up unused grass seed super tight (not just a loose elastic) and hang it in my garage in a certain way that it's not easily accessible.
13 loops is the preferred way to hang it .. the knot never comes undone.
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May 28, 2012
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Completely seal it, not just clipped shut. We've had mice eat grass seed stored in the garage. I would actually keep it stored in the house in a cool dark area...less temperature fluctuations will keep the seed viable for longer.
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Mars2012 wrote: Completely seal it, not just clipped shut. We've had mice eat grass seed stored in the garage. I would actually keep it stored in the house in a cool dark area...less temperature fluctuations will keep the seed viable for longer.
Thank you!

Isn't temperature too warm in the house, like 23 in the winter?
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Apr 24, 2005
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i've had grass seed mix stored for years in the basement. the perennial rye is still mostly viable after five years, the fescue and the bluegrass seeds were dead after the first couple years. storing seeds in the fridge will increase their shelf life substantially if you know you won't be using them for a long time.
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Why not just overseed your lawn instead?
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Do you have a bucket with a lid? A couple of ice cream pails? Problem solved
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten....
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walleye*guy wrote: Do you have a bucket with a lid? A couple of ice cream pails? Problem solved
Good idea, quite creative:)
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Needs to be a sealed rigid/thick plastic or metal container.
I use the old metal black Knight driveway sealer cans

Mice will chew through any soft/thin plastic to get to the seed

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