Tips For Watering A Newly Seeded Or Sod Lawn

Installing a new lawn is a great project if you want to beautify your home and improve its curb appeal. The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to produce a lawn from seed or sod. You then need to consider how you plan to keep the lawn watered. You can easily waste your landscaping budget by using the wrong type of watering system. Automated sprinkler systems have many advantages over using a hose and sprinkler head that must be moved around the yard. Consider the needs of producing a lawn from seed and sod.

Watering a Seeded Yard

Too much water will wash seed away, lead to fungal growth, or cause the ground to become uneven. Too little water will cause the seed to dry up, blow away, or become redistributed unevenly in the yard. You can't water new seed once a day and expect to produce a very nice yard. 

You need to water several times each day. Sandy soil drains water away from the seed faster than clay soil. It is essential to keep the surface of the ground moist at all times, regardless of the composition of your dirt. 

You will know the seed has been watered too heavily if it becomes soggy. It has been watered too scantily if the surface dirt shows signs of cracking or looks dried out. Read the bag of seed carefully to determine the optimal time frame for seeing new sprouts of grass. 

Watering Sod

When sod is harvested at a sod farm, the root system is cut away. It is essential to lay the sod and activate the sprinkler system as quickly as possible after the new grass arrives at your house. You should plan to water several times each day for the first few weeks, and gradually decrease the frequency during the next several weeks.

If the new grass begins to turn yellow, you aren't watering enough. Too much water on a sod lawn can lead to a poor root system, diseases, and problems with insects. If you pull a portion of the sod away from the ground after it has been watered and push a stick or knife into the ground, you should see evidence of moisture on just the first three or four inches of the stick if you haven't watered too much. You are watering too little if you don't see this amount of moisture on the stick.

Because the grass in a sod lawn is already established, you won't be able to see the effects of too much or too little water in the appearance of the soil. After watering, walk carefully on the lawn to determine whether the ground is soggy. The ground shouldn't be muddy, but you also shouldn't find evidence of dry dirt on your shoes. 

An automated sprinkler system provides the easiest method of evenly watering the entire expanse of newly seeded or sodded yard. You won't need to walk around the yard with a hose and sprinkler head several times each day and risk damaging the tender seeds or newly developing root systems.