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Planting Your New Water Saver Lawn
- Start with taking a soil sample to see what the condition
of the soil is. You can send the sample to the local cooperative
extension agent. They can also give you advice about improving
the soil. Use a starter fertilizer to give the small plants
a good start.
- Clear all trash and debris from planting area. Till
your soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches, adding a balanced
lawn fertilizer at the recommended rate. Level the ground.
- Grade to drain water away from buildings. Roll lightly.
- Rake lightly to form small furrows.
- Mix seed thoroughly at 5-10 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Sow
by hand or with a seeder. Rake lightly at right angles
to your furrow to thinly cover seed.
- Cover your prepared seed bed with a thin cover (no
more than 1/4") of peat moss or weed-free humus.
- Water three to four times daily to keep soil moist
at all times. Use a fine spray and don’t let water
puddle. After your new Water Saver lawn is established,
follow normal watering procedures.
- Mow when new plants are approximately 3" tall.
Set mower on high setting, until new lawn is established.
Overseeding an existing
- Start with taking a soil sample to see what
the condition of the soil is. You can send the sample to the
local cooperative extension agent. They can also give you advice
about improving the soil.
- If you have problems with other weeds (dandelions,
broadleaf plantain, curly dock, etc.) pull them out or use a
- Mow your lawn very short (1/2 - 3/4 inch). Collect
the clippings and detach the lawn or open the soil with a rake.
- For large lawns, use a fertilizer spreader to
spread the seed, smaller lawns can be done by hand. If your
lawn is thinner than it originally was, you can overseed the
entire lawn to get a stronger, thicker lawn.
- If necessary, use a starter fertilizer to speed
up the establishment.
- After planting the seed, try to get the best
contact between the soil and the seed by raking the seed thoroughly
into the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer (1/4”)
of topsoil. If there is no chance to cover the seeds with topsoil
you will have to water the new seedlings more often.
- Water is a very important factor for the germination
of the seeds. Keep the first 1/4-1/2” of the soil wet
to achieve good germination.
- Within 7-12 days you will see the first small
leaves of the new plants, if planting procedures have been followed
and completed to instruction.
- When there is a need for mowing, mow the lawn
at normal mowing height. By collecting the clippings in the
first month it will give the new plants more space to grow.