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Watering Your Newly Aerated Lawn

Your new lawn has carefully been seeded and needs proper ongoing maintenance. Particularly in the next several weeks to ensure the success of seed germination and establishment.

Canopy Lawn Care
September 4, 2015

Please follow the watering and care instructions below for the next several weeks.


Keep foot traffic to a minimum during the initial establishment period (Month 1).

It is best to water in the morning. Watering at night or late in the evenings can promote an environment for fungus and disease, which are encouraged by prolonged periods of being wet new seedlings.

Week 1:

The main goal is to keep the ground/seed moist while the seed begins to germinate. Watering each day for at least 10 to 15 minutes across all areas of the lawn (water the soil to a depth of about 1/4”). Be sure not to over-water to the point that the seed washes away before germination.

Week 3-4:

At this point, the grass seed will begin to germinate and grow. Continue watering to keep the soil moist without letting it dry out. Gradually increase the duration of the watering but do not allow the lawn to puddle.
The lawn will need to be cut once it reaches about 4” in height. Discontinue watering for one day before mowing to let the lawn dry out.

Week 4 and beyond:

You may begin to cut the lawn as needed, with gentle care. Continue watering the lawn approximately twice a week, making sure to apply 1” of water each week.

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