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How Long Does it Take New Grass to Grow?

Updated on July 31, 2010

I have watched grass grow (closely) 5 times in the last 2 years and having personally laid grass seed and watched it grow in our garden recently, I just wanted to share my observations -- they may surprise you. They certainly surprised me! Let's begin with the lawn at my previous flat.

Lawn #1

This was my landlord's yard. It was pretty big. The professional gardeners came and dug everything everything up, killed all the old grass, flattened everything out, did whatever else you're supposed to do in that situation and then sprinkled grass seed around. This was before the sweltering heat of summer, by the way. They laid the seed down in May. There wasn't a lot of rain at the time and my landlord watered the lawn every day with a hose/sprinkler adapter.

The grass started to sprout after about a week. It was very, very sparse and took weeks and weeks before things started to look green. It took months before patches were closing in and a even a year later the grass still looked like it was struggling. The lawn never looked particularly healthy and never filled in entirely.

Lawn #2

This was the lawn directly next door and easily visible through the fence. The same exact company did the same exact thing to the lawn. Only this time they installed an underground sprinkler system and every night at midnight they'd come on and water the grass.

The lawn grew incredibly fast and looked very impressive after a month and a half. And then the workers came and did some new type of work and killed a lot of their new grass. They put some new seed down when they were done and the grass regrew in record time. And still my old landlord's garden was barely chugging along.

Lawn #3 seeding 1

Our new lawn. Small, 30 square meters. It was very sparse and weak with lots of old grass that looked a bit like crab grass. I bought a cheap box of Tesco grass seed and laid it down when some friends of mine went on a 10 day holiday. I did not water it apart from the first day, and this at the start of June. it was warm, but not too hot. Some of the grass grew very well on its own after about a week, some of it never sprouted.

Lawn #3 seeding 2

I went out and got some expensive grass seed and laid it down and watered it twice a day during a heatwave. Some of it really started to grow well after about 7 days and some grew in nicely. But then I overwatered it unknowingly because I didn't realize there was a runofff and I mistook the signs of overwatering for underwatering. So after a week or two I had lots of dead young grass and had to take it up.

Lawn #3 seeding 3

I went back to the cheap Tesco grass seed. My mates were going on another 10 day holiday and I laid the seed down a day or two before they left. This time I watered the same as I'd done at the start of seeding 2, but was careful of the uneven ground layout. I felt the ground before watering to make sure it wasn't already very wet. And I did one extra thing this time that I hadn't done before, and something I'm sure wasn't done to the other 2 lawns:

I gave the lawn and seeds lots of love. I am not kidding. Not only did I mentally intend for it to grow quickly and heartily, I also gave it energy via toning and love from via the heart chakra. I also talked to it and played piano music for it (not personally, but over the radio). Before you laugh, can I just tell you that once the grass started to sprout the following day, it grew about 4. 5 inches the first night and loads of it grew at once. The patches were nearly completely filled in within 5 days. I kid you not. For more on that, read my article on how to talk to grass and how to play music for it. The energy transference I won't get into because most of you will think it's took kooky, but I promise you that was a huge part of it as well.

My 30 sqm garden is nearly completely grown in now, even in places I didn't put seed down in, and I started the whole process less than 2 months ago, so you could easily do the same to your own garden in less time, because, as you'll recall, I had to start over twice!

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