Own The Yard: How To Care For Your Lawn After Overseeding

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how to care for lawn after overseeding

on October 22, 2015 by TruGreen

Own The Yard: How To Care For Your Lawn After Overseeding

You’ve just overseeded your lawn (go, you!). So, now what? You don’t have to sit around and wait. Now is the time to take an active role in helping your grass grow into a healthy, lush lawn!

We’ve covered a lot of ground on overseeding over the years, providing information on what it is, why it’s important, and whether or not you can just throw seed on your lawn. In case you’d like a refresher, here are the overseeding basics.

But what about caring for your lawn after the process? Do you know how to get the most out of your investment and help create a beautiful yard worthy of the neighbors’ envy? We want to empower you to own the health and look of your lawn by answering some frequently asked questions about overseeding follow-up care. 
The first thing you might be wondering after overseeding...

How Often Should I Water My Lawn?

Answer: A LOT. And start RIGHT NOW.

Seriously. You should begin watering right after you overseed your lawn and water one to two times per day until the grass grows to mowing height (keep reading for mowing tips!).

Pro Tip: Keep the top ¼ inch of soil moist so the seed stays moist. Make sure to cover the entire overseeded area thoroughly each time.

The seed should be kept moist until grass plant seedlings peek out from the aeration holes. This could happen up to 20 days after overseeding depending on the soil’s temperature and your watering schedule.  

Watering once or twice per day should do the trick until the new seedlings have reached the height of your existing lawn or until the ground freezes if you live in an area where temperatures dip lower. Then you can switch to your normal watering schedule.

Next up: tackling any weeds. 

Do I Need Weed Control?

Answer: Avoid it! It could hurt your grass’ growth.

You might see weeds sprout in the thin areas as your seed grows, but the best way to keep them under control is with healthy, dense turf. If you’re in Arizona, Southern California, or New Mexico, then weeds might be sprouting all over the place. Don’t fear, TruGreen is here to help

Stay away from any type of weed control until the new grass has been mowed 4 or 5 times.

Weed control can cause the seed to germinate improperly because it has become an innocent bystander in your war against weeds, meaning grass won’t grow in as well. 

Pro Tip: Treating your soil well with the right watering schedule and the proper lawn care plan http://www.trugreen.com/products-and-services/ will help crowd out weeds after overseeding. 

When Can I Start Mowing The Lawn?

Answer: When the seedlings reach mowing height (depending on your grass type, your mowing grass height can be found here). 

Patience is a virtue when it comes to caring for your overseeded lawn. To help your new yard flourish, you’ll want to limit activity (including mowing) for the first 2 to 4 weeks. Your seed needs time to acclimate (set roots) itself to the new turf, so keeping off the lawn will help your new seed feel at home (grow) faster.

Timing really depends on your grass. Fescue and Ryegrass typically take about 10 to 14 days to germinate, while Kentucky bluegrass might take up to 4 weeks.

The first mowing of over-seeded areas should begin when the grass leaves reach a height of 3 to 3.5 inches. 

Keep in mind, only about ? of the leaf blade should be removed. For example, if your grass is 4.5 inches tall don’t mow shorter than 3 inches. 

Pro Tip: In seeded areas, water lightly prior to mowing to keep seed down during mowing.

Want more tips for getting your lawn to its healthiest? Get in touch with us for information on TruGreen lawn care services for your yard
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