Now that your lawn has been seeded, you may be wondering what you can do to help the new seed germinate. The first step is to provide plenty of water. With new seed, you should always use light, frequent watering (at least once a day). You should water enough to keep the top 1″ to 2″ of soil moist, but not overly saturated. If the seedbed dries out, germination can be reduced considerably. You should see the first signs of germination within 7 to 14 days if you water properly and continue to see germination for 4 to 6 weeks. If you only notice germination only in the holes left by the aerator, you may not be watering enough.
If the soil is allowed to dry out for just one day, germination could be reduced by 30%. Just two days of dry soil could lead to a 50% reduction in germination.
In sunny weather, newly seeded lawns need light, frequent watering two to four times per day, even after the first grass seedlings appear (new seedlings don't have many roots and need all the help they can get).
Make sure to keep watering even after you see the first signs of germination. Young grass seedlings will need consistent water until they start to mature. As the seedlings mature, you can go back to a regular watering schedule.
Once the new seedlings are mature enough to mow, make sure you have a sharp mower blade. We recommend setting your mower on the highest setting for the first cut. This will help the new grass thicken and fill in.
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