Immediately Following Seeding:
- Keep seed bed evenly moist at all times until most of the seed has germinated (approximately 10‐21 days depending on the type of seed). Over‐watering will cause erosion and drowning; drying between waterings may cause the seedlingsto die.
- Once the new lawn is up, reduce the watering slightly. Do not allow the seed bed to become excessively dry as it will stress the new seedlings.
- Do not apply herbicides to the new lawn as these will burn the new seedlings (see “Weeding/Fertilizing”).
- The first mowings can usually occur between three and four weeks after the seeding has taken place. Mow in alternating directions without catching clippings unless there is an abundance of flowering weeds.
- After the first several mowings, you can begin to catch the clippings if you choose. Mow approximately once a week during the growing season at a height of about 2.5”.
- After the grass plants have two leaves, you may want to apply a light application of a high phosphate fertilizer. If you start to see yellowing of seedlings, this also indicates it is time to fertilize.
- After the first several mowings, the lawn is ready for an application of “weed and feed”. Be careful not to apply too much as this will burn the young lawn. A liquid spray application of a broadleaf herbicide can also be used (it will be more
effective on weeds). Be sure to follow the directions on the label carefully.
- At approximately six‐week intervals fertilize your lawn with a well‐balanced (20‐10‐5) fertilizer at the recommended rate. It is best to fertilize in two directions at the ½ recommended rate to assure proper coverage and overlap.
- If weeds persist, mow them before they flower, making sure to catch all clippings. Also make several follow‐up herbicide applications; spot spraying will probably be more effective and efficient.
- Do not be alarmed if weeds should appear in your new lawn as this is perfectly normal. These weeds have come from seeds found in your soil or have been blown in.
- Once established, a new lawn will perform better when watered heavily a fewer number of times, rather than lightly a greater number of times. This promotes deeper root growth and a healthier stand of grass.
- Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade when mowing.
- Winter watering is important, especially in the first year when the root system may not be fully developed. Water your lawn at least once every four weeks.
- It will take approximately one year for your lawn to fill into a full turf area. Tender loving care can speed this process along.
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