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Caring for a newly seeded lawn

The success of a newly seeded lawn depends on how it is cared for as it grows.  Each sprout of new  grass is a tiny and delicate plant.  It must be kept moist and undisturbed until it is established.

  • A newly germinated (the point at which you can see the new blades) grass seed can dry out and die in as little as half an hour if not kept moist.

  • Water twice a day, in the mornings and evenings (but not too late in the evening) to keep the top six inches of soil moist. Avoid watering on rainy days and during the hottest hours of the day.

  • Avoid walking on or disturbing the newly germinated grass at least until the first mow, three weeks to one month after seeding.

  • If you have an irrigation system, pay careful attention to any areas that may not be reached.  Any outliers will need to be kept moist - watered at least twice a day.

  • Seeds germinate at different times, so continue your watering regimen even after the lawn starts to thicken up.

  • Do not water too much at a time (about 1” of water is perfect).  If puddles form, stop watering.