It takes planning, money and effort to landscape the area around the home, and once the shoots of turf grass start showing many homeowners wonder, “How do I care for my new lawn?”
When the green shoots of the germinated turf grass seed begin to push their way through the dirt, continue to water the new lawn gently as the roots establish themselves.
Turf grasses are hardier than other types of grass seed, but the seedlings are still fragile and need protection for the first 3 weeks after germination. Until the roots have developed and the bare spots fill in, keep people and pets off of the areas that have been seeded to prevent any damage to the developing shoots and prevent compacting the soil.
Once the new turf grass has reached a height of two to two and a half inches, it’s time to mow the new areas of the lawn. Only take off about one half inch of grass. Leave the cuttings on the ground instead of raking. The new lawn is still tender.
Continue to water the new areas of turf grass as needed. Don’t let the new turf grass get too long. Mow on a regular schedule.