Watering Routine And Expectations For Newly Seeded Lawns

1. Water, water, water! Try to keep the new lawn moist at all times. Water at least three times a day for 10 minutes; morning, mid-day, and late afternoon. Do not over water (avoid puddling).

2. Try to avoid using the lawn for the next 2-3 weeks for the best results. You can go on the lawn but avoid using it for extended periods of time. Children, dogs, etc. may cause harm to the new seed.

3. Depending on soil temperatures and conditions, after 15-20 days you may begin to see new seed germination. Continue keeping the new lawn area moist. This is extremely important now that the lawn is beginning to develop.

4. We use a blend of grass seed for good coverage in various conditions. Each species of grass germinates at a different rate. Some grasses take up to 21-25 days to germinate. As your new grass germinates, it will look thin at first and then slowly fill in as each type of grass develops.

Post Service Routine

5. When to Mow: After 2½ – 3 weeks or once the grass reaches a height of 4-5 inches, cut the lawn for the first time at a height of 3 ½ inches. This should be the highest setting on your mower. We recommend you mulch the clippings back into the lawn instead of bagging.

6. After the third mowing you may also cut back on watering. A healthy lawn requires about 1 inch of water per week. Deep, infrequent watering in the early morning will help develop a robust root system.

7. Velvet Green does not use products that will interfere with new grass seed germination. It is safe to seed and continue to use all products in our services and programs.

Additional Tips:

  • Maintain a good fertilizer regimen and be sure to lime your lawn at least once a year
  • If your lawn begins to look unhealthy have a soil test performed
  • Mow high! Cut your lawn at 3 – 3½ inches tall
  • Sharpen your mower blade at the beginning of each season
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