Steps for Watering New and Established Lawns
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.