How to Water New Grass Seed


Planting new grass seed can invoke visions of a lush, green lawn that just begs you to walk bare foot on it. While that is the ultimate end, you must tend to your new grass seed in the meantime. Depending upon the type of grass seed you plant, it can take anywhere from five to thirty days to germinate, but in order for that to happen it must be properly watered.

Step 1

Water your grass seed early in the morning, at mid-day and in the evening.

Step 2

Set your garden hose to the "Mist" setting on the spray nozzle.

Step 3

Hold the nozzle several feet above the ground, so that the water falls like a mist.

Step 4

Spray the lawn evenly. Do not spray in one area so long that the water begins to puddle or pool, as this can damage the seed and dislodge it from its sprouting location. The goal of watering grass seed is to keep the seed and the top soil moist.

Step 5

Continue to evenly water your grass seed until the sprouts are two inches tall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never let your seeded lawn dry out completely, as this can damage the seed.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose with mist nozzle


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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.