CARING FOR YOUR NEWLY SEEDED OR RENOVATED LAWN
WATERING-- Keep evenly moist, not soggy. Do not allow to dry out.
- Water gently: by hand is best; sprinklers o.k.
- Water for a few minutes 1 - 4 times per day: once if cool and cloudy;
two to three times if warm and sunny; three to four times if hot or windy.
- Continue until fully germinated--about three weeks.
- Taper off gradually to one inch 2 - 3 times a week.
- Stop watering if raining.
GERMINATION--...your lawn is a mixture of grass types.
- Rye/bluegrass/red fescue blends germinate in 1 - 2 weeks; different types sprout unevenly at first.
- Blends of tall or dwarf fescues may take up to 3 weeks.
- Germination is slower in cold weather.
TRAFFIC-- NO traffic during germination.
- In an emergency step on boards laid on the grass.
- Normal light traffic after 3 - 4 mowings.
MOWING-- Sharpen your mower before you cut tender new grass.
- Mow first after 4 - 6 weeks, when 3 - 4 inches tall.
- Cut to two inches.
WEEDS-- Weed seeds are everywhere. Some will sprout.
- Many annual weeds will be killed by mowing.
- Some weeds may need chemical treatment.
- We are happy to ID samples and recommend the right spray materials.
FERTILIZER-- Starter fertilizer was probably applied at the time of planting.
- Fertilize again in 2 - 3 months.
- Feed regularly March, May, Sept., Nov., and Jan.
- Ask us before applying fertilizers with pre-emergents to kill weed seeds or weed-killers to kill existing weeds.
- Wind: check watering 3 - 4 times/day when windy.
- Fungus can kill newly sprouted grass
- Damage from kids and pets usually can be repaired if done quickly.
- Insects can eat new sprouts rapidly
© 2008 Don Shor, Redwood Barn Nursery, Inc., 1607 Fifth Street, Davis, Ca 95616
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