We have talked about watering before, but you can never have too many reminders to water your landscape to bring it’s natural beauty and vibrancy to life. Here are some tips and scheduling idea that you can use this spring and into the summer!
Water Your Landscape Right!
Did you plant a new lawn? Here are 7 tips that you should keep in mind to allow your lawn to grow beautifully.
1. Don’t start watering until the hydroseed application is dry, typically 12-18 hours after application. This will allow the mix to adhere to the soil.
2. Begin watering with sprinklers. Watering should be thorough but not too excessive. When standing water begins to appear move sprinklers to new area. The amount of time this takes will vary due to soil types, slower for sandy soils, and quicker for clay soils. Allowing water to puddle excessively will break the seed to soil contact and cause poor germination.
3. The seed bed should maintain even moisture and not be allowed to dry out. This will inhibit germination.
4. Time of day for watering is not critical at this point. Maintaining even moisture is! Water as your schedule allows morning, afternoon, or evening. not in the middle of the day.
5. As seed begins to germinate (typically 10-14 days) the duration that you water in one area can increase, and the frequency can decrease. Once the grass begins to fill in, deep and thorough watering will aid in lawn establishment.
6. You may begin mowing once the grass has reached a height of 2 ½” – 3”. Do not cut off more than 1/3rd of the grass at any one time. Blow or break up any piles of clippings. Clippings can remain on the lawn to break down.
7. Weeds will be germinating along with the turfgrass, and typically will grow at a quicker rate. The weeds are germinating from embedded weed seed which is in the existing soil. The weeds will be growing in reaction to the increased watering and fertilization in the hydroseed mix. Initially no chemical control should be used. This will harm the newly germinated lawn seed. The first couple of mowings will help to reduce the weed growth and promote healthier turf. Chemical weed control can be applied once the grass has been mowed a minimum of 3 times.
Whether you are moving into a new home and starting from scratch or you are replanting a section of your yard, we want to make sure that you don’t wast time and money by letting your lawn die out. Check back in June to learn more about using fertilizers for your lawn and landscape.