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Tips and Tricks for New Lawns

Lawn Maintenance (Sod, Seed, and Renovation)

Watering: Initially, water the new sod or seed as follows

  • First 10 days -- 3 times a day, once at 7:00 A.M., once 12:00 P.M. and once 4:00 P.M.
  • Next 10 days -- 2 times a day, once at 7:00 A.M. and once at 2:00 P.M.
  • Next 2 weeks – once daily at 7:00 A.M.

After the initial four weeks, water the lawn 3 to 5 times per week during the warmer months. If you are using sprayer sprinkler heads, water 3 to 5 minutes each time. If you are using rotor heads or impact sprinklers, water 6 to 8 minutes each time. Do not water on days when rain is predicted.

Lawn Mowing: The ground below your new lawn will not be well compacted for the first few weeks. Therefore, before mowing your new lawn for the first time, let the lawn dry for 24 to 48 hours in order to avoid making trails on the ground with the mower. Mow your new lawn as soon as the grass blades reach 3 to 4 inches high. Make sure your mower’s blades are sharp, and never cut more than 1/3 off the top of the grass blades.

Fertilizing: It is very important to fertilize your lawn 30 days after installation and every 4 to 6 weeks thereafter during the growing season (February to November). Use the recommended Scott’s fertilizer for the different seasons of the year, and apply the fertilizer in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Liming: Spread limestone on your lawn once each year to help restore the pH balance of your soil. Application is recommended in the fall, however, limestone can be applied at any time of the year. Apply the limestone in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Fall Care: Remove leaves from your lawn every week. Leaves will kill your lawn if they are left uncollected for too long.

Moss Treatment: In late winter or early spring, spray a moss control product on any mossy area of your lawn. Moss growth typically starts with the fall rains and reaches its peak in early spring.

Red Thread Lawn Disease: This lawn disease appears as small, pinkish-red spots or patches during cool wet weather on slow growing grass. Red Thread thrives in low nitrogen environments in cool temperatures. It will also sometimes appear in summer in lawns that are under mid-drought stress and/or suffering from low nitrogen levels.

European Crane Fly: Crane fly larvae feed from the roots of grasses. Usually, very little damage is done as plants have a remarkable ability to compensate for minor root damage. However, when populations are high (estimated to be about 25 to 30 larvae per square foot), damage can be extensive. Crane fly season usually is from October to April.

Poa-annua Grass: This is commonly known as annual bluegrass, and it is a cool season grass and a common weed in residential lawns. To elimination Poa-annua grass, spot spray with a post emergent herbicide and then overseed as needed. (Use Round UP in accordance with package instructions).