Spring is the best time of the year to seed your lawn or to assist in thickening your lawn to be able to compete with weeds that may be sprouting. Regardless of when you choose to seed, you must be aware of how much water your newly seeded lawn is receiving in order to effectively grow a lush and healthy green lawn.
Here are 7 tips and tricks to follow when watering a newly seeded lawn:
For the first 3 weeks, make sure to keep the newly seeded parts of your lawn moist at all times.
For the first 10 to 21 days, water the seeding areas frequently and lightly until you see the seed germinating. Some types of bluegrass can take up to 21 days to sprout.
If you have some kind of irrigation, such as a sprinker or sprinkler system, it is recommended to water 3 or 4 times a day for a few minutes at a time to keep the seeding areas moist. If you manually water your lawn, then it is recommended to water your lawn lightly twice a day. As a general rule of thumb, water often instead of for a long period of time for the seeded lawn.
When you see that the seeds have sprouted and have grown to approximately to about 2 inches, you can water your lawn for longer periods of time and less frequently.
It is important to keep the seeded area moist and to not allow it to become dry while it is still newly seeded. However, it is also very important to not over water your seeded areas. If you spot puddles, it’s a strong sign that you have overwatered and some of your seeds may get washed away with the excessive surface water. Remember that overwatering your seeded lawn can be just as harmful as underwatering.
If you happen to miss a day to water your lawn, it’s not a big deal but you have to continue to water your lawn regularly, just don’t try to overcompensate with watering to make up for your missed day. Just make sure your seeded areas are moist in the top inch of soil.
Pay attention to the weather as it will affect how frequently you will need to water your lawn. Dry, windy days will mean you will need to water your lawn more frequently whereas cool, wet weather will mean you can water your lawn less frequently.
Try to keep in mind that once seeded lawns are fully grown, they only require about 1 – 2 inches of water a week. Watering for longer periods of time and less frequently is the tried and true way of caring for a fully developed lawn. Using a rain gauge (can be as simple as an empty tuna container) is a wonderful way to keep track of how much water your lawn is receiving from your waterings and from precipitation.
Lastly, if you choose to not water your lawn as much during the hot summer months to conserve water, your lawn will turn brown. If your lawn is healthy, it should be able to recover with cooler weather if it’s receiving enough moisture again. For more information, feel free to get in touch with the trusted lawn care experts at Cleanr Mow!