Depending on which variety of seed you are using, the average time to germination can be anywhere between 5 to as long as 30 days.
And this is just the germination period. To grow into a full “mowable” lawn usually takes months, although a lot depends again on seed variety, the temperature and the amount of moisture in the soil.
How Often Do You Water Grass Seed?
For the germination period, you need to keep the top one inch of soil mosit as much as possible. The roots of you’re newly germinated seeds are very fragile. If they dry out they will die.
This can make it very difficult to grow a new lawn in places that are a lot hotter or dryer regions. You’re best bet is to have a sprinkler system in place when you’re going to start a new lawn. Even a few hoses with sprinklers attached is fine. As long as the top one inch stays moist.
TIP: Try not to walk on the lawn at all when grass is first growing. Not only does it damage the plants, but it can also cause impressions in the lawn which can be seen later. Trust me, it’s no fun trying to fill in a bunch of lawn depressions.
Not only that, but by walking on your new lawn before it’s ready can cause compaction. This is when you compact the soil making it hard which in turn makes it harder for the new seed roots to grab into the dirt. So stay off the lawn as much as you can.
When to Stop Watering New Grass Seed?
This again depends on the variety and weather. When your grass is strong enough to get it’s first “mowing” it’s usually a good time to stop watering your lawn and let nature take over, where and when possible.
If you’r in Arizona like EV Landscapers, this may never be possible. But if it’s fall in New York, you shouldn’t need to water your lawn again until the summer months when and if it starts to turn brown.
Types of Grass
Bahia is usually gown in the souther United States or anywhere where the weather is very hot and humid. This is a turfgrass species and is durable and tough and perfect for a lawn where you have a lot of people using it such as kids, pets, etc. It’s texture is thicker and heavier than other “finer” grasses which is why it does so well with heavy foot traffic.
Bermuda is another variety of grass that can handle a lot of foot traffic as well. It’s tough and even drought resistant. The main problem with this variety though is that it tends to grow everywhere! Meaning if you have a garden or flower beds, keeping this grass out of them can become a hassle. So be warned.
Bluegrass is a beautiful grass that does best in norther climates. This is the sort of grass people show when they have those amazing looking lawns you see in pictures. Although a little harder to keep than the previous varieties (you may need to fertilize and water) the finished product is well worth the effort.
Centipede is great if you’re living in the lower south and your soil is more acidic. This is another very tough, low maintenance variety that grows low as well, so less mowing. But because it is so tough, it’s also a rougher textured grass that is great for keeping weeds and other problem plants out of your lawn.
St. Augustine is a great choice for places like Florida or the Carolinas. It does best where the soil is sandy and the weather is warm. Humidity isn’t a large factor with this grass and has a nice blueish green color.
Identifying Grass Types
Creeping grasses are named “creeping” grasses because that’s kind of what they do. They creep throughout your lawn using runners that can be either above or below the ground. It’s how they spread which of course can be a problem when it comes to flower beds or gardens. The most common types of creepers are Bluegrass and Bermuda.
Bunch grasses should always be mowed with a high mower due to the fact that these grasses spread from the crown of the plant (on top) so damaging the crown by cutting them too short stunts their growth and they won’t spread as well. The two most common varieties are Fescue and Ryegrass.