When Can you Walk on New Grass

Growing new grass is one of the best ways of giving your lawn a fresh look and proper maintenance will ensure it successfully grows. Depending on the type of grass you want to plant, the best times to seed would be in spring, summer, or fall.

It can be very tempting to walk on your new grass straight away, but you should allow your new grass to get well established and grow stronger.

On average you can walk on your new grass after 3 weeks, but this will depend on how well you prepared the ground, the time of year, and the weather. Even then, you shouldn’t play on it, let it stabilize and after two or three gentle mows it will be ready for you to comfortably walk and play on it.

Keep traffic on your new grass very light for the first 3-4 months, you can walk on it occasionally, but it’s not yet ready for a football match.

Factors that determine the germination period

The soil to seed and the air temperature are some of the factors that will determine your grass seeds germination rate. Other factors include age and quality of seeds, contact, presence, and consistency of moisture.

Different types of grass seeds have different germination rates and you must take this into account when planting. If you sow your seeds when it’s too late in the season, they might germinate but they won’t survive the winter as seedlings and you’ll have to start from scratch.

Germination rates for different grass seeds

Grass seed

Germination rate in days

Kentucky bluegrass

14-30

Bermuda grass

10-30

Perennial ryegrass

5-10

Bahiagrass

14-28

Centipede grass

14-21

Tall fescue

7-12

Creeping bentgrass

10-14

Buffalo grass

14-30

Zoysia grass

14-21

Hard fescue

7-14

When to water new grass seeds

Newly seeded grass needs constant moisture to take root and watering the seeds triggers the germination process which will allow the grass seeds to get established and grow healthy. Newly seeded grass needs to be irrigated every day during germination and also the first few weeks of growth.

You should water your new grass seeds 1-2 times a week with about 1 inch of water each week depending on your location and time of year.

It’s more beneficial to water your grass seeds 1-2 times per week than watering it lightly several times a day because light watering encourages shallow roots which will make your new lawn less drought-resistant.

After 2-3 weeks of growth, you can start watering every other day then every 3 days afterward. Always keep the top 2 inches of your topsoil moist, but don’t let it get soaked and always check the ground’s moisture.

When to mow

You can mow your grass when it’s about 1/3 taller than your normal grass height, and after two growing seasons, your grass is fully matured and can withstand traffic.

When your existing grass is about 4 inches, you can mow it down to your desired height and this will stimulate your grass to spread out across your lawn instead of growing up.

Conclusion

A seeded lawn takes more time to get established than a turf. It’s advisable to wait until your grass has a strong root system to walk on it.

FAQ

How long do grass seeds take to fully establish?

The germination time for grass seeds is between 5-30 days after planting depending on the weather and type of grass.

Should I soak grass seed before planting?

Soak your seeds in water for 3-5 days and place them in a dark place.

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