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Care for a new lawn is of the utmost importance if the homeowner wants to keep the lawn healthy and lush. A new lawn can start out as seed, plugs or sod. Once the new lawn is planted, it must have constant care.

Seeded Lawns

Spread the seed, making sure it is covered with compost or peat moss, so that it germinates properly. Seed must be kept moist in order to germinate, so a newly-seeded lawn must be watered twice per day—once in the early morning and once in the late afternoon. Water only enough to keep the top 2 inches of soil moist. If the soil is soaked, the seeds may not germinate, or the homeowner could breed a fungus or other disease in the soil if it is saturated.

Once the seeds germinate, reduce watering to once per day. Water enough to keep the top two inches of soil moist, but make sure not to saturate the soil. After the first mowing, watering can be reduced to 1 inch per week (one day per week). The first mowing should not take place until the grass reaches 2 to 3 inches in height. The type of grass seed used determines the height for the first mowing. Follow the instructions on the package of grass seed for mowing heights. Improperly mowed lawns encourage disease, pests and fungi.

Plugged Lawns


It can take up to eight weeks for plugs to become completely established, depending on the type of grass used and the planting method. Water newly plugged lawns once per day in the morning. After eight weeks, reduce watering to 1 inch per week (one day per week). Follow the instructions from the nursery for mowing—some grasses prefer to be mowed at a 3-inch height, while some prefer to be mowed at a 1 ½-inch height. If no instructions were given to the homeowner regarding mowing, a local nursery should be able to tell you the recommended mowing heights for the type of plugs in the new lawn.

Sodded Lawns

New lawn care for sodded lawns is simply watering twice a day until it becomes established. Depending on the sod (grass type) and location, establishment could take from four to eight weeks. Once established, water once a week with an inch of water. Mow once the grass reaches 3 inches in height, or pursuant to the recommendation of the sod company.

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