How to Care for a Seeded Lawn


Tender seeds of grass need a little tender loving care in order to grow into a lush carpet of grass. Growing and caring for a seeded lawn requires patience and the willingness to consistently offer the seeds the right growing conditions and environment. Homeowners may spend less money in purchasing a seeds for a lawn, but prepare to spend more a little more time in nurturing your future green space.

Step 1

Water the lawn properly, daily. Keep a seeded lawn moist, 1 to 2 inches deep, but not overly saturated, Mist the surface at least three times a day; water early morning, mid-day and late evening with a sprinkler or garden hose with the nozzle set to the mist mode. Reduce the frequency of watering to every 2 to 3 days when seeds reach 2 inches deep.

Step 2

Mow the lawn properly. Give the lawn an opportunity to grow, at least 10 days after the application, before performing the first cut. (Watch the lawn closely as some seeds will take up to 21 days to germinate.) Mow a seeded lawn once it reaches 3 or 5 inches in height. Use a reel-type mower, if possible, as it is less likely to uproot seedlings and plants. Use a rotary mower as the next best option; be sure to set the throttle to low.

Step 3

Mulch a seeded lawn to help protect it. Spread a layer of straw mulch, especially if you live a dry or warm climate. Use your hands to evenly distribute one or two bales for every 1000 square feet. Use a wheat straw mulch or burlap fleece to shield the seeds from the wind and drying sun. Remove the mulch approximately 3 weeks after germination begins.

Step 4

Fertilize a seeded lawn at the right time. Wait a minimum of 6 weeks to apply the first fertilizer. Use ½ pound of a nitrogen-based fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet. Distribute the fertilizer by hand for a small lawn. Place the fertilizer in a spreader to evenly cover a larger lawn.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep foot traffic to a minimum on newly seeded lawns for at least 3 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Sprinkler
  • Garden hose and nozzle
  • Lawn mower
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer


  • Caring for a New Lawn
  • Caring for a Seeded Lawn
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About this Author

Stephanie D. Green is a freelance writer with over 10 years of experience. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and enjoys writing parenting, gardening and human interest articles. Her work has been published in lifestyle and trade publications including Draft Magazine and Savannah Magazine.