MAINTAINING YOUR NEW LAWN
The establishment of your new lawn requires water. A new lawn should be watered 3-4 times each day for the first 2 – 2 ½ weeks, with a watering cycle of normally 15 to 20 minutes each watering is sufficient. We recommend installing an irrigation system that is capable of watering consistently and evenly over the newly the seeded area.
The lawn should be kept lightly damp and water should NOT RUN or PUDDLE on the lawn. Watch the weather, and adjust your watering to keep the mulch lightly damp, NOT soaking wet and muddy. After the first mowing, you should only water more heavily just once a day.
Your lawn will come up in stages, depending on the moisture, temperature and grass seed blend that was used. New grass seed requires warm damp conditions for a minimum 7-10 days at 12 deg C or warmer for successful germination. Typically, the perennial ryegrass species will emerge first, followed by the fescues, and finally the bluegrass species which can take upwards up 3-6 weeks to germinate and grow, depending on conditions.
Please Note: Under hot conditions, more watering may be required for successful new lawn establishment.
Don’t be in a hurry to cut your lawn the first time. Give the roots time to take hold. As soon as the new lawn is 3 inches high it is time for the first cut. Be sure your mower blade is sharp. This will prevent the grass from tearing and being pulled out by the roots.
Torn or ripped grass is susceptible to attack by disease. Subsequent cuttings should be done often and no more than 1/3 of the grass should be cut off at one time. For the first couple of cuts do not collect the grass clippings. Use your mulching option on your mower so to allow the clipping to fall into your new lawn and be used as mulching compost.
Your new lawn should be fertilized, with a high nitrogen fertilizer (such as 34-17-0 or 26-14-0-6) again in about 4 weeks after initial seeding and application. Fertilizing too early will burn the grass, and possibly kill the new lawn. You will know it is time to fertilize, if the new lawn has a light green color. The new lawn should then be re-fertilized about every 6 to 8 weeks through the summer.
4. Weed control
Do not use weed control products on new young grass. The grass at this stage may react severely to the chemicals and die. All soil contains weed seeds, which will come up after the lawn has been planted. Weeds germinate quicker than grass seed therefore, do not be concerned when weeds appear. As the grass becomes established, many weeds cannot survive the grass root system and will be choked out. The few that might remain can be controlled and eliminated as part of your normal fertilizing process. Ask your nearest garden center to recommend the appropriate weed & feed product. Do not put fertilizer with a Weed Killer on your new lawn until it is at least 3 months old.
If there are parts of your lawn maintenance you feel more comfortable having someone else perform, there are many quality firms and professionals available. Please contact us for more information.