Grass seed that was planted in late August or early September may need mowing by early October. Seed that was not planted until late September, may not need mowing until the following March or early April. The later in the fall a lawn is seeded, the more care it will need over the winter. Care of your newly planted seed is critical for success. These winter grass seedling care tips will assure a thicker lawn next season.
Winter grass seedling care tips:
- Not all seed germinates at the same time.
- Keep the soil moist but not saturated after all of the seed has all germinated.
- Be sure the lawn gets two applications of quick-release fertilizer this fall.
- Keep tree leaves, foot traffic and heavy equipment off the seeded areas. Even a few days of wet, matted leaves on grass seedlings can cause permanent damage.
- Avoid foot traffic and other activities that compacts or scuffs the soil.
- Avoid herbicides until the new grass has developed enough to need mowing at least twice.
- Delay turning off the sprinkler system as late as possible.
- Water the lawn very heavily before turning the sprinklers off for the winter.
- If the weather is dry over the winter, provide a good soaking at least once per month.
In short, baby your new lawn over the winter. Given that care, your investment will be protected and growth will resume spring.
Bare areas and parts of the lawn that have yet to be seeded, should be dormant seeded in late November or December. This will trigger early seed germination in late March. If you plan to dormant seed, please call us at 913-789-9333 so we can adjust your application timing and materials this fall and next spring.
If you are interested in an estimate for dormant seeding or have any questions, please contact us at 913-789-9333 or ONLINE.