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August, 2014
Why didn't my grass seed grow? »
This questions is asked all too often. Learn more about why your seed did not grow.

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Watering a lawn is probably the most important step in its overall care. It is just as important to water properly after the seed has established as it is during the planting stages. Proper watering helps train young grass roots to grow deep in search of existing ground water. A healthy root system can help a lawn survive and thrive even under the toughest summer conditions.

Steps for Watering New and Established Lawns

  1. When first planting
    KEEP THE SOIL MOIST. Water 4 to 6 times daily for approximately 10 minutes per application. You are just trying to get and keep the seed moist so it will germinate. Do not let the top 1/2" of soil become dry until seedlings have completely emerged (usually 2 to 4 weeks). Germination time varies according to seed type and weather conditions.

  2. Once the seedlings have germinated
    Water less often but for a longer period of time. For example, every other day or every third day for 15-20 minutes and then every third or fourth day for 20-30 minutes until the plants have matured. This trains the roots to dig deep within the soil to access water and will help the plant to naturally become more drought tolerant.

  3. Established lawns (after 3rd or 4th mowing)
    Maintain a consistent watering schedule depending on current weather conditions. Mature lawns should be watered twice a week with ½” of water per application in the absence of rainfall. It is better to water a lawn fewer times per week for longer periods than short, frequent, light watering.

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