Post-Seeding Suggestions

Proper watering is critical to the successful germination and establishment of turf grass. Once moistened, the seed should be kept moist until the grass plants become established. Unless there is consistent rainfall, this will require daily watering of the seeded area. In order for best results, please follow this watering program. A blade of grass is made up of a great deal of water.

  • Water the seeded area thoroughly after seeding for no less than one half hour per area. This will both establish good soil moisture and wash the seed into the soil
  • For the first week water three times a day, at morning to mid morning, noon and mid afternoon for 15 to 20 minutes per area
  • For the second week, water two times per day, at morning to mid morning and mid afternoon for 15 to 20 minutes per area
  • For the third week, water once a day between noon and mid afternoon for 15 to 20 minutes per area
  • For the fourth week, water once every 2 days for 45 to 60 minutes per area
  • After the new area is established, it can be watered once or twice a week for an hour in each area

Germination should occur in 14 to 21 days depending on soil temperature and adherence to watering recommendations. Seedlings will emerge from the aeration holes. The majority of seeding failures are the result of failure to keep the seed moist. Remember, you will see weeds in thin areas as the seed grows in, the best way to control weeds is through healthy turf that is thick and dense.

Post-Sod Installation Suggestions

First 2 Weeks:

The key to establishing new sod is to keep it properly watered for the first month. Immediately after installing sod, water thoroughly making it spongy to the step. The new sod should be kept thoroughly wet to a depth of 4″ to 6″ and watered 3 to 5 times a day during the first 7 to 14 days depending on the season. Lift a corner of the sod to determine the depth of moisture. In the first week, it is very important to keep the new sod damp. During this time stay off the sod so it can take root and you do not sink in and leave depressions from your foot steps. During hot weather, sprinklers should run several times a day so the new sod never dries out. If allowed to dry out, the sod will shrink, brown, and can die. The roots of your new sod will penetrate the soil faster and root down sooner if properly watered. At the end of week 2, dry up the yard enough so you can Mow.

Weeks 3 & 4:

The following 2 weeks are used to transition from frequent daily watering to fewer cycles per day and increase the number of days between waterings. During week 3, reduce waterings to 1-3 times per day and skip a day between watering if the new sod is not drying out. By week 4, water 1 to 2 times every other day. After week 4, your new yard should be ready to go 2 to 3 days between watering. Water your lawn in the evening or early morning when less evaporation occurs. To reduce run-off on hills and promote deep root growth, reduce watering times in half. One hour later, run the irrigation cycle again and apply the rest of the water. This allows the water to soak into heavy soils.

Remainder of Season:

Your new lawn will need more water the first growing season and especially the first 6 months. As it roots deeper over the course of a year, it will need less water. If your lawn looks dry, it probably needs watering. The key to new sod care during this time is deep watering less frequently. This will help the roots grow down and develop a deep root system that uses less water. It is ok after the first two months to stress your lawn a little. This means let your yard dry out a bit and when you see signs of stress starting to appear, make sure to water. This will also allow you to fine tune the sprinkler system and adjust heads for proper coverage and change nozzles for more or less water in certain spots.

Post Tree/Shrub Installation Suggestions

Watering new plantings is extremely important.  Although, overwatering can be a huge problem for plant growth.  It’s our goal to help our clients understand some basic watering guidelines.  Each property is different, but these are generally accepted watering practices:

Spring and/or Fall

  • Shrubs: 2-3 times weekly
  • Trees: 1-2 times weekly


  • Shrubs: Every other day (depending on actual temps)
  • Trees: Once every 2 or 3 days

Natural rainfall counts as one application.  If you have an irrigation system, please be careful and avoid overwatering.  We see overwatering with irrigations systems every single day.  Shrub zones should not run longer than 5-7 minutes each application, 30 mins for drip zones.

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A Cut Above Team