4 Essential Steps To Water Your New Grass Seed

By Ann Sanders | Lawn Care

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​If you are confused about your new grass seed, you are not alone. There are so many questions regarding grass seeds, the most common of which pertains to watering new grass seed.

How to water new grass seed is a valid concern because it is common knowledge that when you do not water enough, you may kill the spout. Otherwise, you will not have the ideal results.

Garden experts say watering new grass seeds is to similar to taking care of a baby. The process can be simple. It can be complicated, too. Mainly because you only have one chance to correctly germinate grass seeds.

When you ask the experts the right way to water grass seed, the advice is to simply keep them moist most of the time. It can be complicated though because there are a lot of factors that come to play for every situation.

Watering New Grass Seed For A Perfect Lawn​

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Watering is one of the most important factors to keep your new grass seeds alive and growing well. It is extremely important that they get the right amount of moisture until such time of well establishment. Then, adequate moisture is critical for proper germination and survival of grass seeds.

The time it takes for new grass seeds to start growing depends on the climate in your area as well as the type of grass you planted. It will however generally take about between 4 to 28 days for your new grass seeds to begin growing.

Here are 4 steps you need to take when watering new grass seeds to ensure proper germination and a healthy growth.

Step 1: Know How Often Should You Water New Grass Seeds

​The frequency at which you need to water new grass seeds depends on the amount of rainfall you get in your area. If you are not getting any rainfall, you need to water more often until the first few inches of the top of the soil is moist.

  • A few days before planting new grass seeds water the area 6 to 8 inches deep. To ensure you are working on the right depth, label a long screw driver with an 8-inch mark. Insert it into the ground. If it easily pushes down without any resistance then you have the right depth.
  • During hot or dry conditions, water the new grass seeds at least two times a day. Make sure to keep at least 1 inch of the soil moist.
  • Water every day until such time when you have mowed the new grass twice.
  • When the new grass has already been establish, revert to your usual watering routine of watering your lawn only in the morning.

Step 2: Decide How Long Should You Water New Grass Seeds

​How long you need to water new grass seeds at any given time depends on your sprinkle system and the condition of the soil.

  • After planting the new grass seeds, moisten the first few inches of the soil for about 5 to 10 minutes per session (once in the morning and once in the evening). You need to keep the newly planted area moist to prevent the new seeds from drying out and dying.
  • As the new grass seeds start to flourish increase the morning watering session and decrease the evening session.

Step 3. The Best Time To Water New Grass Seeds

  • Water new grass seeds between 6 and 10 am for the morning session.
  • Water new grass seeds between 5 and 8 pm for the evening session.

Mornings and evenings are the best times to water new grass seeds because these are the coolest times of the day. As such water will be properly absorbed into the ground. When it is too hot water will just evaporate.

Invest in a water timer for your sprinkler system so you can easily water your new grass seeds at the specified times. Use good rectangular sprinkle if you have a big lawn or a spot sprinkle small enough for the planted area.

Step 4. How Much To Water Your New Grass Seeds​

Refer to this guide on how much water new grass seeds needs:​

  • 2 to 3 days before planting: 6 inches to 8 inches deep once a day.
  • Immediately after planting: 3 inches to 4 inches deep once a day.
  • Up to the time seeds start top sprout: 1 inch to 2 inches deep two times daily.
  • Established Lawns (after the grass seeds sprout): 1 inch deep and in the mornings only between 6am to 10 am.

A beautiful and healthy lawn is not only a relaxing sight. It is also a great place for you and your family to enjoy, relax and play. A consistent and properly laid out watering schedule for your new grass seeds will ensure you are growing a healthy lawn.

Have you tried watering new grass seeds yourself? Share with us some of your thoughts in the comments section.​

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About the Author

With the endless passion for organic living, I - Ann Sanders has come up with the idea of creating A Green Hand. Being the founder and editor of A Green Hand, my goal is to provide everyone with a wide range of tips about healthy lifestyle with multiform categories including gardening, health & beauty, food recipe,...