WHAT IS HYDROSEEDING?
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.
HOW MUCH DOES HYDROSEED COST?
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.
WHAT TYPE OF GRASS SEED IS USED IN HYDROSEEDING?
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.
WHY IS THE GREEN COLOR GONE FROM MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
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.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I WATER MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
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 or handheld garden hose is often the best method of watering your lawn. The goal is to have a consistently moist area for the best germination results.
WHEN SHOULD I FERTILIZE MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
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 damage to your lawn.
CAN I WALK ON THE HYDROSEED ONCE IT IS APPLIED?
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.
HOW SOON WILL I HAVE GRASS?
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.
WHEN SHOULD I FIRST MOW MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
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.
DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO MOW MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
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.
IS HYDROSEEDING GUARANTEED?
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.
IS HYDROSEEDING BETTER THAN SOD?
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.
IS A LICENSE REQUIRED TO HYDROSEED?
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.
CAN I APPLY WEED-KILL TO MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
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.
DO I NEED TO HAVE A SOIL TEST DONE BEFORE HYDROSEEDING?
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.
WHERE DO I FIND A REPUTABLE HYDROSEEDING CONTRACTOR?
CAN A HYDROSEEDER SPRAY SOMETHING OTHER THAN GRASS SEED?
Hydroseeders will often spray wildflower mixtures, horse pasture mixes, sports field mixes and many more.
WHATS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HAVE MY LAWN HYDROSEEDED?
A moderate climate is best. Generally, the Spring and Fall months are the most conducive to growing any type of vegetation.