Continue watering at 1 inch per week in total and be aware of rainfall. Take a good long bath early in the morning and start mowing your lawn regularly. Cut at the upper end of the recommended height for your type of grass to stimulate root growth and prevent your scalp from being cut. Eliminate existing grass and weeds.
The grass is best established on bare ground. Before installing new grass, it's a good idea to eradicate existing weeds and grass with a non-selective herbicide, such as glyphosate (Round-up), and then till them with a garden tiller or similar tool. It is essential that you follow the labeled restrictions related to lawn herbicides to avoid damaging newly created grass. Be sure to avoid applying pre-emergency herbicides that may inhibit grass establishment.
Most products for homeowners are free of soil waste for more than 2 or 3 months, but the products available on the market can last much longer. Talk to a lawn care professional or extension agent if you are planning to renovate an area and need help determining the best strategy. Watering is the most important step in successfully establishing your new lawn. During warm weather, you should start watering the sections of the installed turf while laying the grass.
To check if the grass needs water, lift a corner of the grass. For the first 2-3 weeks, the bottom of the lawn should never be dry. Lawn plugs are a great tool for repairing damaged areas of the lawn or for establishing a lawn when there is no grass or seed available or it is not practical. Starting a lawn with grass allows you to immediately enjoy the way it looks, and you can start taking advantage of a newly installed, healthy area of grass long before you can use a grass from seeds, twigs or sprouts.
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