Lawn Care – Aeration & Over-Seeding
Success with your Seeding
We recently seeded your lawn. Now, your lawn needs YOU! Success or failure will be determined in the first few weeks after seeding. A little attention will go a long way towards providing years of beauty and enjoyment in the future.
The single most important requirement for germinating turf grass seed is adequate moisture. Keeping the seed damp–either by rainfall or irrigation–will encourage proper seed development.
The first watering can be done immediately. It should moisten the soil to a depth of one to two inches, but gently. Be careful not to apply the water with such force that it washes away the soil or dislodges the seed. If the water begins to run off, stop watering for a half-hour or so to allow the ground to absorb the water, then begin watering again to get the moisture to the desired depth. The total time required to water an area should not be more than ½ hour for this initial watering.
After the initial watering, irrigate the newly seeded area lightly and frequently–two or three times a day, if possible–until the grass begins to become established and mature (the hotter and drier the weather, the more frequently you will need to water). At this point, 15 minutes of watering should be sufficient. (Keep in mind, the grass does not have roots at this point, so deeper watering will not add much benefit.) As the grass begins to develop, increase the length of time of each watering.
After the first month, the grass can be watered just twice per week. However, the amount applied at any one time must be increased to approximately one inch. This will encourage proper root growth. After two months, one inch of water, applied one time per week, should be sufficient in most weather conditions. Watering at night is never recommended. Ideally, watering should be done between 5:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Hopefully, Mother Nature will do some of this work for you!
Activity on your lawn:
Activity on your newly seeded lawn can interfere with seed germination. For at least the first two weeks, we suggest limiting the amount of activity on your lawn as much as possible.
Your new lawn will be ready to mow when the new grass plants are higher than the height at which they will normally be maintained. In other words, if you plan to regularly cut the lawn at 2 ½”, mow it for first time when it is about 3” tall. When mowing, follow the rule of thumb of never removing more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at any one time. Remember also, that it is very important to keep your mower blades sharp. A dull blade rips and shreds the grass instead of cutting it. Mowing heights should be as follows: Spring and Fall: 2 ½ – 3”, Summer 3 – 4”. Visit our blog, How to Mow a Lawn for more information.
And most of all, follow through with our lawn care program for best results! The program will provide proper nutrients, weed control and insect control which are very much needed to establish a good lawn.
All of our programs are based on the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is an environmentally friendly and effective approach to controlling damaging insects, diseases and invasive plants. For more information about IPM click here.
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