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Grass seed germination is simply what takes place inside the seed to make it sprout when the seed absorbs enough moisture to start growing. All seeds require a delicate balance of moisture, seed-to-soil contact and a temperature range of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit for the best germination results. The success of your lawn is not entirely under your control, but there is much you can do to improve the final result. The pre-sprout phase is most critical so you must maintain a strong commitment to watering new grass seed.
When you have visible grass, after the seed germinates, continue watering daily for 7-10 days. The tiny grass plants have small root systems at this time and may die if the top layer of soil is allowed to dry out. Water makes up 70 to 80% of the weight of our lawn grasses and the clippings alone are nearly 90% water. Seeds will not sprout all at the same time. Seeds will be buried at different depths, absorb water differently and this dictates how much sunlight they will get. Many seed mixtures will have different characteristics affecting their development. It is crucial to keep the surface level of soil constantly moist until all seeds have germinated.
Once your seeds have germinated and become established, they will have a deep enough root system to be ready for mowing. Only mow your lawn after 21 days at heights of 3-4". It is important to NOT spray weed control or chemicals for the first few months. Don't forget to mark your calendar 6 weeks later for a fertilizer reminder!
Good luck with the success of your lawn!
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