Watering a new lawn will require some tender loving care, primarily in your lawn watering schedule. Lawn watering is one of the most important parts of the process of getting new seeds to germinate or new sod to take root.
Newly Seeded Grass
Grass seed gets a proper germination when the seed is close to the surface.
During the first few weeks, the challenge is keeping that surface area evenly moist without drowning the seeds and washing them away.
You’ll need to check on your new lawn often to monitor moisture levels and adjust as necessary. On hot, sunny days, or on windy days, the soil can dry out rather quickly.
Our best advice for watering a new lawn is to schedule frequent, light daily watering during the first 3 weeks. Then you can cut back your lawn watering schedule to 2 or 3 times per week during the next 3 week period.
Keep in mind that sunny areas of the lawn will require more attention than those shady spots, and sloped areas won’t hold the water at all, so they’ll dry out faster.
How To Water
As we mentioned, frequent light watering is the way to go. You don’t want to directly hose the fresh seed – that would be too harsh of a force which would just wash the seed away. Don’t over-water either. If you’re experiencing water run-off or puddling you know you’ve given it too much.
When To Water Your Newly Seeded Grass
Early morning is the ideal time for watering a new lawn. If you’re an early bird, watering before sunrise is the very best time to water grass.
Some days, as outlined above, could require afternoon watering as well. We caution against evening watering as it encourages fungus disease.
Watering A New Lawn That’s Sodded
Our lawn watering advice for a newly sodded lawn is to start a regular watering schedule immediately after your new sod has been laid. Watering for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, twice a day and every day for the first week is recommended.
After that first week, reduce watering grass to once a day for the same 15 to 20 minute sessions.
If you follow this program for 2 or 3 weeks, the sod should be getting nicely rooted. It’s important not to let the sod dry out at any time until it actually becomes rooted.
Once rooted, you can decrease the number of watering sessions, while increasing the amount of water you give it during each session. The roots will then be able to hold more water and use it better.
New Lawn Mowing Tips
You’ll be tempted to use a best reel mower to mow the new growth once some of it sprouts up. But don’t mow it too soon. You’ll undo all your hard work by either blowing the seed that’s not yet germinated off the target area, or tearing the young rootlets that are struggling to get established.
Yes, the lawn will look unsightly for a few weeks, but exercising your self-control by not cutting it until it’s up about 3 inches high. If your lawn grow up higher, then you can use your self-propelled mower to mow it. Follow this method, you will have a beautiful and green lawn.