Care for a newly seeded lawn carefully to help it grow properly
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A lush, green carpet of grass surrounding your home is a dream of many gardeners. Sometimes it becomes necessary to reseed entire lawns or selected areas after landscaping work or other reconstruction projects. After the extensive work of reseeding, make sure you care for your newly seeded lawn properly. Proper care will ensure an ideal start for a healthy lawn. In no time, you will be admiring thick, green grass again.
Water the newly seeded lawn before 9:00 a.m. and between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. every day. Add an additional watering in the early evening if the weather has been extremely warm or if your soil has a high sand content. Completely saturate the entire soil surface of the seeded area, but do not water to the point of standing water.
Watch the seeded area for emerging grass. As the grass begins to grow, reduce the watering frequency and increase the watering amount each time. Do this gradually until you are eventually watering the newly seeded area one time per week and watering to a depth of at least 6 inches.
Fertilize the newly seeded grass when it is 2 inches high. Apply 5 pounds of fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet of lawn. Water the seeded area generously immediately after fertilizing.
Wait to mow until the new grass is approximately 4 inches high. Set the lawn mower height so that it mows off 1 inch of grass.
Pull weeds by hand as they appear. Wait to use herbicides to control weeds until you have mowed the new grass three times.
Keep excessive walking and other traffic to a minimum on the newly seeded areas for approximately a year to allow the grass to establish properly.