How you can turn a big area of dirt & grass seed into a healthy lawn
My lawn was just seeded. Now what?
Throwing grass seed on the ground is easy. Growing and maintaining a healthy lawn requires more effort, particularly in the following two months when sprouts appear and roots develop.
Moisture triggers the grass seed germination process and the seedlings' (“baby grass”) shallow roots require constant moisture. If the grass seed dries out between waterings, it likely will die. We recommend watering twice per day for 15-20 minutes depending on the weather conditions. If it’s going to rain at least .25” in 24 hours, you do not need to water. When the baby grass grows gets to 2” in height, you can reduce the frequency of watering, but should not stop watering altogether.
But don’t OVER water it…
Over watering causes the seeds to rot. It also leads to soil erosion and potential diseases.
Our recommendation? Set up a sprinkler with a timer so it runs at the same time and for the same amount of time each day
2.Give your baby grass a blanket
A quality, weed-free covering for the baby grass has a few benefits:
We recommend using landscape burlap as a covering, especially on slopes, with landscape staples to hold it in place. It’s inexpensive, easy to install and readily available at the local hardware store. It’s a natural material that can be left on the ground while the grass grows. DO NOT PULL UP THE BURLAP WHEN YOU SEE NEW GROWTH! It will tear out the baby grass roots.
Once your baby grass has grown to three to four inches tall, it should be mowed. The first mowing should even out the height by cutting off only one-half inch to three-quarters inch.
4. Don’t walk on it!
The baby grass needs space to germinate and grow. Limit foot traffic and activity on the lawn during the first growing season.
5.Feed it – when it’s ready
You should wait at least 6 weeks before applying fertilizer. When the seedlings reach two inches, a light fertilization of one-half pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet can be beneficial. Water thoroughly after watering. If the lawn is seeded in the fall, proper fertilization helps the grass mature to the point where it can survive cold weather stresses.