New Lawn Care HomeCare and Maintenance New Lawn Care Now that your lawn is seeded, here are a few tips that should help it off to a good, healthy start. A little attention in the beginning goes a long ways toward providing years of beauty and enjoyment in the future. Watering The single most important requirement for germinating turf grass seed is adequate moisture. Keeping the seed damp – either by rainfall or irrigation will encourage proper seed development. The First watering can be done right away. It should moisten the soil to a depth of two to three inches… but gently. Be careful not to apply the water with such force that it washes away soil or dislodges the seed. After the initial watering, irrigated the newly seeded area lightly and frequently – two or three times a day, if possible – until the grass begins to establish and mature. Then the intervals between watering can be lengthened and the amount applied at any one time increased. Watering at night is not recommended. Activity Too much activity on your newly seeded lawn can interfere with seed germination. For the next three to four weeks we suggest limiting the amount of activity on your lawn as much as possible Wear and tear from people, pets and bikes can create ruts and hole that could ruin the terrain and cause drainage problems. Pampering your new lawn by keeping people and pets off for just a few weeks in the beginning helps insure the quality and beauty you’re looking for in the end. Mowing Your new lawn will be ready to mow when the grass plants are higher than the height at which they will normally be maintained. In other words, if you plan to regularly cut the lawn at 2 ½”, Mow it for the first time when it’s about 3” tall (roughly around 4-6 weeks). When mowing, it’s a good idea to follow the general rule of thumb of never removing more than one third of the leaf blade at any one time. Also don’t mow if the ground is to wet. Keep in mind, to that the most important requirement for proper mowing is a sharp mower blade. A dull blade rips and shreds the grass instead of cutting it. Seedlings can actually be torn from the soil. Mowing with a dull blade also makes the plats susceptible to other problems like brown leaf tips and disease infestation. Fertilization Your new lawn was fertilized with a starter fertilizer. You should fertilize again with a starter fertilizer in 6 weeks. For a beautiful lawn you should fertilize 4-5 times a year. A thicker, healthier lawn helps keep the weeds out. If you are interested in our fertilization program please call our office at 440-236-3550 A final note A lawn is much like having any other living thing, when properly nourished and cared for it thrives. With adequate attention the lawn we seeded will provide a beautiful environment for you and your home for many years to come. As the lawn matures you should make sure it is properly fertilized and that the weed and insect controls are applied when needed. Other maintenance practices like aeration, occasional over seeding and possible fungicide applications should also be considered.