A lush green, healthy lawn is the owner’s pride and joy. A lot of care is required to ensure that the green area actually develops lush green, healthy, and hard-wearing as desired.
Especially in the germination phase after the lawn seed has been sown, problems can arise if the seeds do not receive enough moisture. Regular watering is immensely important.
Lawn seed needs a lot of moisture
To ensure that the lawn is sufficiently watered and germinates evenly, you should prepare the soil thoroughly, supply it with a fertilizer containing phosphorus and, above all, thoroughly moisten it. The seeds are then applied and carefully distributed with a garden rake.
The moisture should be about four to five centimeters deep, which you can easily check with a finger test. The soil should remain evenly moist (but not wet!) until the first cut, so that it has to be watered several times a day during dry periods.
If, on the other hand, the soil falls too dry, the seeds die and are then no longer germinable – the area would then have to be sown again.
How to properly water lawn seed after sowing
Even if the seeds have successfully germinated and the stalks are already sticking out of the ground, still water the lawn every day – unless it rains appropriately. that rhythm only switch to once or twice a week when the stalks have grown about ten centimeters high and have been mowed for the first time.
The reason for this is the formation of roots: at the beginning of the lawn development, the young plants are still dependent on an immediate water supply, as the roots do not yet reach deep enough. From the first mowing, however, you must start to “educate” your lawn.
To do this, gradually transition to a less frequent but pervasive watering interval. This forces the roots to go deeper into the soil and not just below the surface.
If possible, lawns should always be laid out in autumn, when the ground is still warm and the autumnal precipitation provides the necessary moisture. In the spring, on the other hand, it is either too cold or too dry, so you have to make greater efforts to grow your lawn successfully.