Lawn Care Maintenance for New Lawns

Your new lawn is like a newborn baby—it needs food and water in order to grow and thrive.  The following list will help you establish your newly seeded lawn into a healthy, plush plot of turf.

Between 30 and 45 days after a lawn is seeded, it is a good time to apply another application of starter fertilizer.  An application of a starter fertilizer such as 18-12-6 or 12-22-10 will help feed your grass.

Water Lawn

Keeping your lawn moist is the most important element in establishing a newly seeded lawn.

  • Do not over water because this will cause erosion and puddling
  • Do not let 1/8”- 1/4” of the soil get dried out for any length of time.  The bare soil will dry out quicker than mulched soil.
  • Cracks in the lawn are a sign of not enough water
  • Once grass is ½” to ¾” in height, soak longer so the roots will go down into the soil

Maintenance of a New Lawn


  • Once grass has reached a height of 2“- 3” to allow light to reach the slower germinating grasses
  • Mower blades should be freshly sharpened every spring to prevent tearing and ripping new seedlings out of the ground by dull mower blades
  • Only remove ¼” of top growth (mow high, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in a single mowing)
  • Mowing short causes stress and dries out the lawn
  • Do not leave clumps of grass clippings on lawn


  • Touch up thin or missed spots with new seed

Fertilize ***Please see our 4-Step Fertilization Program***

  • Once mowed, this is a good time to apply another application of starter fertilizer
  • DO NOT use a Weed-N-Feed

Never apply crabgrass or broadleaf weed control products to newly seeded or reseeded areas until it has been mowed at least 3 times.


  • Follow above guidelines


  • A good, healthy lawn takes a year of maintenance