Typical utility work to maintain underground electric and natural gas systems can unfortunately make a mess of your lawn.
MGE and contract crews we employ will cover the trench and reseed with a grass seed mix.
- Some seeds germinate in a few days.
- Others take three to four weeks.
- All need moisture to germinate.
Help your new lawn grow
- Keep the seeds moist. Water daily when conditions are hot and dry. Just wet the upper 1/2" to 1" of soil.
- After four weeks, reduce the frequency of watering but increase its duration to moisten several inches into the soil. This encourages deeper roots for a more drought-tolerant lawn.
- Maintain at 2½" to 3" height. Taller lawns are more heat and drought resistant.
- Don't fertilize or use herbicides until after you have mowed five or six times.
- Use only slow-release fertilizer to avoid burning the new, tender grass.
- Avoid heavy traffic on newly seeded areas for the first growing season.
Please be patient
Newly seeded areas will have more weeds than your existing turf. Dormant weed seeds will sprout naturally in the soil. In time, the new grass will thicken and compete favorably with the weeds. Once the new grass is established, use herbicides or other more-natural methods to control weeds. It will take two full growing seasons for your new lawn to fill in and blend with your existing turf.
If you have questions about your lawn restoration, call MGE at 252-7154. While we can't avoid causing disturbances to your lawn, we do want to help restore it to your satisfaction. We appreciate your patience and cooperation with our crews during the utility work.
Seed vs. sod
Sod requires significantly more water and higher maintenance than seeding. Seed-started lawns tend to be more insect and disease resistant, more heat and drought tolerant, and will blend in better with existing turf.