It’s been very dry in Oklahoma for the past six weeks, making watering your lawn much more important. And if we’ve seeded fescue grass, proper watering is even more important.
We’ve prepared the soil with good aeration. We’ve applied a good starter fertilizer, organic soil amendment, and this year, an insecticide to help prevent armyworms. Now all you have to do is wait for the seed to come up and your lawn will look perfect, right?
WRONG! Without proper watering on a consistent basis, seed will not germinate properly and the new seedlings will not grow. Water is the key, for without it plants will die.
After seeding is complete, refer to the detailed watering instructions we left at your property, which explains how to properly water a newly seeded lawn. Basically, keep the seedbed moist for at least 10 days – watering several times daily if possible.
After the seed germinates, you can cut back on the watering frequency, but the soil must not be allowed to dry out. The seedlings are fragile, with a weak root system, so it will take months for that to effectively develop. Gradually, you can increase the duration of watering, while cutting back on the frequency.
Another key factor is using the best fescue seed possible. If you are doing your own seeding, don’t use what’s available from the big box stores. CLICK HERE for more information on that. At LawnAmerica, we use a blend of three top quality fescue varieties, plus a small amount of perennial ryegrass, with zero weed seed and almost zero crop seed.
We currently find ourselves in one of those warm and dry periods we often get during the fall in Oklahoma. Mother Nature is not helping us much at this point. So please help us out and do your part in watering your lawn and seeded fescue. And remember, it will take several months before seeded fescue will mature and thicken up to be a dense grass, so be patient.