New Seed Lawn Frequently Asked Questions

1. How often should I water my new seed lawn?

Water once a day for 30 minutes during the first two weeks. After the first two weeks, reduce the amount of watering to the amount of time your lawn can handle using the “5-minute rule explained to you by your sales rep. Watering should take place between the hours of 2 and 6:00AM. It is important that you DO NOT water your lawn during daylight hours.

Seed needs water every day to germinate. Please make sure that your lawn is receiving full coverage, especially at the corners. Sprinkler heads may need to be adjusted during the warmer months to ensure proper coverage.

2. How long should I wait to mow my new seed lawn?

Do not mow for three to four weeks. Any mowing prior to this may cause damage to young seedlings.

3. Why are weeds appearing faster than usual on my new seed lawn?

Weeds are going to appear due to their faster rate of growth. Do not try to eliminate them with weed control too early. The seedlings are extremely sensitive to chemicals and may be detrimentally affected. Weed control may be applied approximately four to six weeks after seeding has taken place.

4. When will sprouting occur in my new seed lawn?

Sprouting will occur between 7 – 14 days. This is contingent upon the ground possessing a consistent temperature of 68 degrees as well as proper watering.

5. How long will it take my seeded lawn to mature?

It takes about one year for the seeded lawn to start to mature. This means there may be some thinner spots than others. This is what we aim to eliminate by reseeding. The various grasses need time to spread and establish themselves. Most perennial and fescue grasses spread by runners and may appear to be growing in clumps. It will spread and fill in over time.

6. Is a seeding lawn better than sod?

Our seeding is as good as sod in one year as long as the proper chemicals are applied. We strongly recommend four to five fertilizer applications with the proper herbicides and insecticides like a Scotts 4-step product to keep your lawn growing successful. Come see us for all of your seed care and cultivating needs!