Grass question??

i recently planted from seed a tiny city(New York), backyard lawn. It came up well and i just cut it for the 1st time(i was advised to trim it back when it reached about 4 inches). The question i have is whether i should leave the freshly cut trimmings on the lawn? or should i rake them up? also, should i water less frequently now that the lawn is up? thanks in advance for suggestions!
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If you have a mulching mower, then leaving the clipping on the lawn is beneficial. It return nutrients to the soil and cuts down on the amount of watering that is necessary. You shouldn't leave unmulched clipping on the lawn, especially if they are long enough to form clods. An established lawn needs about one inch of water a week to thrive. You can tell if the lawn is wilting from its appearance. Since you lawn is recently planted, it may need a bit more water this summer than an established lawn. Don't over water as that will bring on fungal problems.
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If the clippings lay on top of the grass one day after mowing, then rake them up. You can use a rain gauge to ensure there is 1" of water per week on your lawn. Some grass types are resistant to draught, others are not, but new grass of any type will need regular water. Mow frequently, such that no more then 1/3 of the grass blade is removed.
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