How often and how much should I water my newly seeded lawn?
New lawns need to be kept moist. However, be aware that over-watering can cause the seed to float to the surface. Water daily (more frequently if weather is hot and dry) until the seed has germinated; this will take 2-3 weeks. We tell customers to set their sprinklers on a timer and water for 3-5 minutes. Once grass has sprouted, continue watering every 2-3 days until the new lawn is well established.
When should I cut my new lawn?
Cut your new grass when it reaches a consistent height of 3-4 inches. Make sure that the blade on your lawn mower is sharp. Set the height of the lawn mower deck at 3 inches; you may adjust the height later to suit your needs.
When should I fertilize and apply weed control products to my new lawn?
Your new lawn should recieve a starter fertilizer when the seed is planted, but be careful; the product should not contain an herbicide (this can damage the new grass).
After your new lawn has been cut 3 or 4 times, you may apply a weed and feed product. We do not recommned fertilization during the hot summer months as it can burn the grass. The best times for a weed and feed application are early spring, late spring, and fall.
How often and how much should I water my new trees and shrubs?
Proper watering will help ensure the health and survival of your new plants. Where clay soil is prevalent, (as in southern Wisconsin), you must be careful not to over-water your plants. Here are some general suggestions.
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