Provide water by sprinkling once or twice a day to keep the top layer of soil constantly moist. Avoid standing water. Keep traffic off the area as much as possible. If a mulch material was used, be sure to re-cover any areas that may have become bare due to wind, rain or traffic. Once grass appears (7-14 days) allow the soil surface to dry out slightly between waterings; this may be every other day or so. Due to wind sun and shade some areas may need more or less attention than others. By 4-5 weeks you new lawn will only require water twice a week.
Keep young grass moist in hot and windy weather. These conditions can destroy a newly seeded lawn.
Use a new lawn starter fertilizer when you new lawn is about 4 weeks old. Fertilize every 6 weeks with a quality fertilizer thereafter.
Weeds will also grow in a new lawn. Do not attempt to spray herbicide on the weeds until the lawn has been mowed for the third time. Herbicide may kill the new grass.
It takes a minimum of a year of quality care to turn a newly seeded lawn into a sod-like lawn. It will take longer yet if the new lawn does not receive proper water, fertilization and weed control.
Thin areas in the lawn will thicken with time & quality care. Bare spots will need to be reseeded. Call for an evaluation.
Mowing your newly seeded lawn can take place as soon as possible. For the first year of your new seed, mow it at your lawn mowers highest setting. Keep lawn mower blades sharp, and mow often enough so that you’re not removing more than 1/3 of the height.
Normally the straw and/or netting can be left in place. However, if any straw or netting has bunched up, it should be removed before mowing. The netting is easily removed with a sharp utility knife.
The lawn will need to dry out for a few days before you mow so you don’t rut the lawn. Grass clippings should be left on the lawn, unless they’re excessive.