Overseeding watering requirements
From Sorensen Outdoor Services
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All seeds require moisture and a certain temperature range before they begin to germinate.
If the seed or sprout dries out — it dies out. Your mission then, is to provide adequate moisture at all times. The phase before you see any sprouts poking out is most critical.
Your commitment to watering new grass seed must stay strong. The germination time for grass seed ranges from 5 to 30 days depending on the variety. It can be even longer than this in cooler temperatures.
This is how long it will take to see the grass growing. Until this point, the seed, or the soil and mulch in contact with the seed, must stay moist. It doesn’t need to be soggy or swimming, but moist. This can typically be achieved by watering every day, once or twice per day for 5-10 minutes. Watering once early in the morning and once mid day is best. If you can only water once, water in the morning.
Once the new grass is visible, the roots are also growing down into the soil. This happens quite quickly. As soil moisture below ground is more accessible to the roots, the plant is not so vulnerable now. However, a regular watering schedule should be maintained.
Seeds will not sprout all at the same time. Seeds will be buried at different depths, absorb water differently, or be of different quality or maturity. The seed mixture is a blend of multiple varieties that will have different characteristics affecting their development.
It is important to keep the surface area constantly moist until all seeds have germinated.
Until the planted area is densely showing green growth, don’t allow it to dry out.
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