The Q&A Archives: Lawn needs help

Question: We moved into our new home back in Nov. and were told that the new lawn was seeded. Well come this spring the lawn looked awful. We had the builder come and re-seed and have been watering everyday but still doesn't look good. We haven't fertilized. Any tips?

Answer: Grass seeds usually take 10-14 days to germinate and keeping the area moist is really important so water several times a day if necessary to keep the seeds from drying out. It can take several months for a newly seeded lawn to thicken up so be patient. When the new grass is about 3 inches high you can mow it. After you've mowed 3 times you can fertilize it. I'd use a time release fertilizer that your broadcast with a spreader or a liquid fertilizer that you can apply with a hose attachment. Once your lawn is established you can feed in April, June, September and November to help it grow lush and thick. Enjoy!

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