Newly seeded yard - clouds and rain in forecast

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Old 06-05-17, 07:56 AM
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Newly seeded yard - clouds and rain in forecast

Last week our landscaper finished prepping our yard for grass (added tons of loam, seeded and fertilized)...it was raining the whole time he spread the loam, continued to rain right through to the day he finished and has been raining and cloudy just about every day since. The loam was pretty muddy looking when he seeded it and it hasn't really gotten much sun but somehow we've already got some new grass sprouting on parts of the yard. With more clouds and rain coming this week should I be concerned? If the grass is already growing I assume not but how much clouds and rain can a new lawn take? I live in the northeastern part of the US (Massachusetts).
 
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Old 06-05-17, 08:19 AM
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At this point three is little you are going to be able to do but it seems like you have the perfect situation for new seed.

Only issue is if you get too much rain and start to get run off but that is not a really big issue just have to go back to the effected areas.
 
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Just like how you can get a sunburn on a cloudy day enough sun makes it through the clouds to keep plants alive. If the area is not shaded by a building, trees or shrubs then light is never a concern on planet Earth.
 
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As a contractor I was always under the impression that a cover, straw or something was required. I didn't hear that mentioned. Its purpose if the limit the impact of the rain drops from disturbing the soil and resulting runoff. Not sure if it was an EPA (?) regulation or just a best practice but it would also help to prevent the seeds from washing away.

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It was always my impression that the straw's main purpose was to shade the new sprouts.
Unless the rain is hard enough of pools a lot I doubt it will harm the seeds or new sprouts.
 
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What my understanding was, it prevented the run off from carrying soil away, muddy water. When the drops hit the straw it would break up the drops and disperse them. I think it was a requirement that went along with the silt barrier.

In any case, if the results end up being very spotty I would think the people seeding in the rain would come back and take care of it.

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I agree!! if I paint your house and a rain storm comes up and mars the paint job - that's my baby not yours.
 
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