Regardless of whether you have trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers planted in your yard, any plant with a strong root system should be easy to water. Taking things a step further by investing in an in-ground sprinkler system will reliably deliver a set amount of water to your plants every day, effectively automating the task while ensuring that your flora get a cool, healthy drink. New grass seed, however, can come with a host of different, and more complex issues. For example, erosion, over-watering, under-watering, and timing your watering schedule are just a few things that you’ll have to plan for, otherwise you run the risk of ruining your seeds.So, by now you might be asking, “How should I water the new grass seed in my lawn or garden?” Take a look below at a few things that you should keep in mind.
Do You Have Seed, Plugs or Sod?
Many people do not realize that their watering strategy can vary depending on whether they have seed, plugs, or sod. The differences between these seed and plugs and sod are significant. Namely, seed can be washed away while plugs and sod cannot. Additionally, plugs and sod are actually already fully grown, meaning that they require less attention and watering. The watering strategies for plugs and sod are very similar. First, you’ll want to water them as soon as they’re put down. Check the area daily to determine how moist the soil is- you should be able to feel the moisture penetrating at least three inches deep. From there, you should water that space evenly, each day, to encourage the grass’ root-knitting process. Remember though, grass grows at different rates– so don’t expect a nice green carpet all at once!
Watering New Seed is All About the Season, Time, and Amount
It’s almost too easy to over or under water new grass seed. Factor in the importance of choosing the right time of year to plant, how much water is best used to maintain your new grass daily, and at what time(s) of the day to use it at. You’ll find that these are all incredibly important elements to consider when deciding how fast and lush your grass will grow in. Before you do anything else, you’ll first want to make sure that you you’re planting in the right season. Grass will not grow well in the dead of a New Yorkan winter, nor will it grow well during the dog days of a Arizona summer. That’s because no matter how much you water them, grass seed will have a tough time getting established in extreme weather. Spring, after the last frost, and early Fall, after the last big heat wave are best times to plant.
Next, consider watering your yard early in the morning. This will help the seeds to sprout, and already sprouted seeds will get a good drink in before the afternoon heat comes and evaporates some of the water. Besides that, you’ll make your grass less susceptible to the fungus and bacteria that thrive on wet plants at night.
Finally, you’ll want to water your plants every day that it doesn’t rain until sprouts appear. Then, you’ll only have to water it each time the soil appears visibly dry. Installing a smart sprinkler controller can help make this easier, since you can adjust your watering schedule remotely from your phone. You can learn more about a couple of the best smart sprinkler timers here.
Watering New Grass Seed is Hard if There is No Seed!
New grass seed is particularly susceptible to erosion, whether it be by wind, water, or people. If you’re overseeding a lawn that already has established grass, this generally won’t be an issue. If, however, you are adding a patch to a bare area, or establishing a lawn in an entirely new place, you may need to take precaution. If you can, rope off the area that you’ve seeded. When you water it, try to direct your sprinklers upward so that it rains down on the seed instead of pointing them horizontally, which can push the seeds out of the ground.This will help keep the seed in its area. If you are seeding a hill, you may want to consider watering your lawn by hand.
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