How to Care for a New Lawn

Overview

It takes a lot of work to establish a new lawn. Ridding the area of weeds, preparing the soil and planting the seed can be labor- and time-intensive. Once the lawn has sprouted and you are beginning to see the fruit of your labor, there is yet more work to be done. New lawns require extra care to get them off to a healthy start. Adequate irrigation, fertilizer and limited traffic are important considerations when caring for the newly-planted lawn.

Sod or Plug Lawns

Step 1

Water the lawn daily to keep the soil moist. On particularly warm days you may need to water several times a day. Every third day water to a depth of 6 inches. Use a screwdriver to stick into the soil to determine how deep you are watering.

Step 2

Fertilize the new sod or plug lawn with nitrogen fertilizer, at half the rate suggested on the package, six weeks after planting.

Step 3

Mow the new lawn two to three weeks after planting sod. Mow the plug lawn three to six weeks after planting. Make sure that the grass has rooted and mow the lawn only when it is dry.

Seeded Lawns

Step 1

Water the lawn every other day. Generally the new lawn requires 1 to 2 inches of water per week.

Step 2

Fertilize the new lawn with nitrogen fertilizer, at half the rate suggested on the package, four weeks after planting.

Step 3

Mow the newly established seeded lawn two months after planting.

Sprig or Stolon Lawns

Step 1

Water enough to keep the sprigs or stolons moist without saturating the soil. Several light waterings per day should suffice. ‭

Step 2

Fertilize the new sprig or stolon lawn six weeks after planting. Use a nitrogen fertilizer at half the rate suggested on the package. ‭

Step 3

Mow the sprig or stolon lawn three to six weeks after planting. Make sure the sprigs or stolons have rooted and mow only when the grass is dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Nitrogen fertilizer
  • Lawn mower

References

  • ‭University of California at Davis: Irrigating New Lawns ‭
  • ‭University of California at Davis: Mowing New Lawns ‭
  • ‭"‬Landscape Management:‭ ‬Planting and Maintenance of Trees,‭ ‬Shrubs and Turfgrass‭;" ‬James R.‭ ‬Feucht and Jack D.‭ ‬Butler‭; ‬1988
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