We recently wrote that September/October is a perfect time to seed new lawns, or bare spots, for emergence next spring as a healthy, vibrant-looking yard.
We also mentioned that because of heavier-than-normal rainfall during the past summer there was more inherent ground moisture than normal. And while that’s true, with the periodic 80-degree days we’ve had it’s still important to remember that any new seeding must have some supplement source of water. One, to ensure proper germination. And two, to help establish a healthy root system.
Now, that said, here’s some tips for proper watering for new seedings.
One, don’t water too much. That is, all that’s require is enough water to dampen the top two inches of soil, enough to create a fertile seed bed (see above photo). Too much water can create over-saturation and run-off, thereby creating lines and ruts in your new lawn.
Two, water from the outside of your seeding. Meaning, set your sprinkler (if you don’t have in-ground irrigation) on the perimeter of your lawn and water from the outside towards the middle. The reason is you can move the sprinkler head without tracking up wet soil, leaving footprints and interrupting germinating seed. It’s neater, cleaner, and makes for a better looking seed bed.
And last, while it’s a good idea to water during the heat of the day on existing lawns, better to water during the evenings for new seedings so you can more closely monitor the amount of water distributed and achieve more efficient use of your water. There is absolutely no inherent advantage of evaporative cooling with new lawns, so water while you’re at home in the evening, and turn it off as needed, and when it’s needed.
If you haven’t thought of it, it’s good advice. It’ll help your lawn come up quicker, greener, and healthier…and it’ll save you water, as well.