Hydroseeding is the simple procedure of applying grass seed, fertilizer, hydromulch and water in one liquefied application. Various soil amendments and soil stabilizers may also be used in the mixture depending on the needs of the environment.
Hydroseeding prices will vary greatly across the United States. Conditions such as grass type, soil additives and extreme climates are some of the factors that will affect cost. Hydroseeding jobs are commonly priced by the square footage of the area to be seeded and can range from 6 cents/sq. ft to 15 cents/sq. ft nationwide.
Most any type of grass seed can be used in hydroseeding. Climate conditions will be the determining factor. A horticultural center or county agricultural agent can tell you what turf seeds flourish best in your climate.
The green dye that was present during the initial application will fade eventually. The colorant has no bearing on the quality of the hydroseed or the impression that the hydroseeded lawn has washed away.
Initially water is essential to the development of a strong root system in your hydroseeded lawn. Newly hydroseeded lawns should be watered as much as 2-3 times a day. Special care should be taken to ensure that the lawn is NOT saturated during watering and puddles DO NOT form on the lawn. An irrigation system… Continue Reading →
This will often vary depending on the type of grass seed used, soil conditions and recommended fertilizer types for your climate. A common practice is to apply a nitrogen rich fertilizer soon after the first mowing. Weeks 4-6 are common fertilizing times. When in doubt, an expert should be consulted. Improper fertilization could cause severe… Continue Reading →
Only as much as is absolutely necessary. Heavy traffic on a newly seeded lawn can permanently damage the new grass. Walking on a freshly hydroseeded lawn can leave depressions in the lawn and in some cases cause bare spots to form.
Hydroseeded lawns will begin to germinate is as little as 5-7 days. Most grass types will take 3-4 weeks to fill in depending on how often the lawn is watered and the type of grass seed used. It may take as much as 8 weeks to see strong growth.
The first mowing is recommended after the lawn reaches 3-4 inches in height. Never remove more than 1/3rd of the grass blade with a single mowing.
No. The most important item you can have when mowing your new lawn is a very sharp mower blade. Avoid sharp turns when mowing a fresh lawn to avoid tearing the grass out with your tires.
A reputable hydroseeding contractor will stand by his work. Incidents such as torrential rains, hurricanes or acts of nature are beyond the hydroseeder’s control and may not be covered. A common problem in the development of a new lawn is not watering the property sufficiently. This will cause the yard to appear spotty and incomplete.
Hydroseeding may take a few weeks to see your lawn fully develop. Hydroseeding is also 60%-75% less expensive than the costly application of sod. Aftercare and attention to your investment will ultimately determine what your results are with either choice.
Some states require licensure to apply some of the additives in the hydroseeding mixture. It is best to check with your state agricultural board to determine the specifics are in your area.
Pesticides or weed-killers should be avoided until your lawn is well established. It is best to wait at least 3 months before any pesticides are used on your new lawn. Chemicals may hinder your lawn growth to its full potential.
A soil test is an important tool in evaluating your soil requirements. Your hydroseeding contractor should complete his own soil test to determine exactly what nutrients are lacking in your soil.
Hydroseeding Experts is a very valuable tool in identifying contractors in your area. The Better Business Bureau is also a valuable tool to determine the contractor’s reputation.
Hydroseeders will often spray wildflower mixtures, horse pasture mixes, sports field mixes and many more.
A moderate climate is best. Generally, the Spring and Fall months are the most conducive to growing any type of vegetation.