Seeding and Watering Guidelines

How to Care for Your Lawn After Seeding

We have two different types of watering guidelines depending upon weather your lawn was overseeded or completely renovated (killed off and reseeded).  The general concepts are the same though - keep it wet consistently for two weeks and then gradually reduce the frequency and increase the duration of each watering session.  When watering, it is helpful if you can avoid the late evening or night.  Read on for more details...

Renovation After Care Guidelines

The most important thing to remember for your new lawn to succeed is to keep it watered.  It should never dry out and always be least for the first two weeks.  Here are some more specific instructions: 

Using an Automatic Sprinkler System

Set your system to run 5 minutes per zone...3 times per day.  If the soil appears dry, increase the watering time slightly.  If you see soil washing away, cut back on the time and/or frequency.  Water daily until the grass is about 1 inch tall.  Then water every 2-3 days...but continue to soak it well.  After a month, water deeply once or twice per week.  

Using a Manual Sprinkler

Every area of your lawn should recieve water daily.  Leave the sprinkler in one place for up to 3 hours.  Move it or turn it off if you see water funning off or notice puddles.  Water daily until the grass is about 1 inch tall.  Then water every 2-3 days...but continue to soak it well.  After a month, water deeply once or twice per week. 

When Can I Start Mowing?

Start mowing when your new lawn is 4" high.  Let the lawn dry slightly before mowing.  Set your mower to 3# so that you don't remove too much of the grass blade - there shouldn't be a lot of clippings. 

What Happens To The Straw?

If we used straw, don't worry, it will naturally decompose on it's own.  If we didn't use straw, we used a compost mixture that holds the seed in place, naturally decomposes and improves your soil. 

Next Year?

Next season (after your new lawn is established) DO NOT WATER MORE THAN ONCE PER WEEK.  Watering deeply just once per week makes it more difficult for undesirable grasses to return.  


Slice Seeding After Care Guidelines

Keep your lawn wet for the first two weeks.  It should never be "bone dry".  Apply about 1/4" - 1/2" of water each day spread over one or two sessions.  That's enough water to fill 1/4 - 1/2 of an empty tuna can set under the sprinkler. 

Using an Automatic Sprinkler

Set your system to run 15 minutes per zone in the morning.  If your lawn doesn't seem wet, gradually increase the time.  You don't want puddles...just wet.  If the lawn is dry in the early afternoon, run another 15 minute session.  After three weeks, cut back to watering 3 days a week in the morning.  After a month, water deeply once or twice a week. 

Using a Manual Sprinkler

Leave the sprinkler in one place for up to three hours but move it if you see water running off the lawn or big puddles.  Repeat this daily for three weeks.  After three weeks, water less frequently (every 2-3 days) but continue to soak the areas well.  After a month, water deeply once per week. 

What About The Clippings Left On My Lawn?

When our machine digs in it brings "thatch" to the surface.  It may look like it needs raking, but those clippings actually hold moisture and help your new seed to germinate.  If appearance bothers you, mow the clippings with a mulching mower before watering. 

When Can I Start Mowing?

You can start mowing immediately after our seeding to break up the clippings...but don't bag them.  Wait two weeks after that initial mowing before mowing again.  After that, just mow as you normally would.

Please visit our video's for more information on Superseeding and Lawn Renovation.


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