Grass is tough once it gets going, coming back year after year, despite hard freezes, extreme drought, and monsoons of rain, but when it is young, tender and just taking root, it is vulnerable. After the time and money you’ve spent seeding it, spreading hay to protect it from birds, and watering it to help it take root, the last thing you want to do is to see all your time and money die before your eyes. It’s probably worth investigating what type of grass grows best in your area and when it is best to plant it (usually spring or early fall). However, after that, besides a little water if nature doesn’t help out, a hands off approach is best. The overzealous amongst us may get a little too impatient, decide to try to “help” our grass along, and inadvertently end up killing a lot of it. Here is how to avoid it.
Three Ways To Avoid Killing Your New Lawn
- Don’t overwater it
- Don’t Fertilize It
- Don’t Mow It Until The Next Season
Too much water is bad for anything, even humans, but especially for itty baby grasslings. Without a deep root system, grass will die. If you have an unusually wet season, there may not be much you can do about it, and your grass may be able to rebound after the rain stops, but it may also be a loss. It’s a fine balance. You want to keep the ground moist for new grass to sprout and take root, but you don’t want water standing or areas to be mushy. If you’re watering areas and you notice this, stop watering and let the area dry out a little immediately.
Fertilization is great once grass takes root, but until then, fertilization can be very acidic and actually can kill your grass. Until your grass takes strong root, be patient on the thickness of the grass. It will come. Fertilizing too soon will kill it before it ever has a chance to do its own thing.
Like hair on a baby’s head, grass can come in very uneven and drive you a bit crazy. You will have areas where parts are very high and thick, and areas where they are shorter, and you will be very tempted to give it a mow to even it up a little. Don’t do this, because mowing too soon can rip the young roots right out of the ground. Instead, wait a couple months until you’re sure it has taken root, and then go for it.
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