Tips for Watering After Aeration and Seeding

A beautiful Tall Fescue lawn has several important maintenance requirements. At the top of the list is aerating and seeding. This consists of double-core aeration of the lawn to allow nutrients, water, and oxygen to penetrate deep into the soil. Then seeding the lawn twice with a premium, turf type Tall Fescue blend. Yet the work does not end there.

The Success of Aeration and Seeding Depends on the Commitment to Water!

Watering consistently following aeration and seeding is the difference between success and failure. Here are some tips for proper watering:

  • Start watering immediately
  • Daily observation is important. If it appears the new seed is drying out during the day or night, add another watering midway between the two. If only one area is drying out, only add more water to that area. THE SEED MUST STAY MOIST (not submerged) at all times.
  • Be patient and do not stop watering. Seed requires 21 or more days to germinate. Continue light, frequent watering for 28 days. If watering is stopped or inconsistent, the seed will not germinate or the new grass will die.
  • Use a timer. Irrigation systems are very helpful but not necessary. A timer can turn the sprinkler on and off while you are away. This is a cheap insurance policy to ensure your newly seeded lawn is getting the right water requirements.
  • Watering can be reduced once the seed has completely germinated, after approximately 28 days. Resume normal watering schedule, applying 1-1.5 inches per week in the course of 2-3 watering sessions.

Proper Watering Saves Money and Insures Success

Water is an expensive and precious resource. Using too much water must be avoided as not only is it wasteful but too much can kill grass and seed.

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Your lawn deserves some extra TLC every fall—aeration and seeding is the best strategy to do this. Make sure you follow these simple watering tips to give the lawn the best possible outcome. A great spring lawn starts in the fall!