What do I need to do to prep my my lawn for hydroseeding?
New Lawn Prep:
Preparing your lawn for hydro-seeding is the same prep as for other types of seeding. Properly preparing your soil is essential to a lush healthy lawn.
Remove any existing weeds and grass. If there are a lot of weeds and grass, a non selective herbicide, like Round Up, can be applied to kill the undesired vegetation.
Grass seed needs a minimum of three inches of good soil to germinate properly and establish a strong root zone. If you need top soil bring in enough so you have at least 3 inches when it is leveled and raked. Be sure the surface is free of debris, rocks larger than a quarter, sticks and leaves. At the minimum we need a smooth, slightly loose soil that is at the desired final contour and grade. Making sure that the top 3 inches are loose allows the grass seed to germinate properly and its new roots to bind with the soil particles. If the soil is compacted the seed will not be able to penetrate the soil to root properly. Rake the soil just before seeding to break up any crust that has formed.
Then we can hydro seed your new lawn.
Existing Soil Prep:
If you do not need to add top soil, your existing soil should be loosened to a depth of at least three inches so the new grass can establish a deep root zone.
Existing weeds and grasses need to be killed with a herbicide such as “Roundup” prior to hydro seeding. Usually the herbicide will become inactive 7 days after application and the treated soil can then be hydro seeded. Follow herbicide label directions to make sure your new grass seed will not be affected.
What are the advantage does hydro seeding have over conventional grass seeding?
Hydro seeding works very well in mitigating soil erosion from wind and water, because the paper or wood mulch bonds right to the soil, using a tackifier agent, which secures the hydroseed in place. When you hydroseed your lawn, you are ensuring almost 100% seed germination.
Each seed is encased in a protective ‘mini-greenhouse’ created by the mulch mat, retains up to ten times its weight in water and holds the fertilizer in close proximity to the grass seeds, there by promoting a very high germination rate. This optimal growing environment produces a quality lawn without the bare spots that normally require spot seeding to keep the weeds out.
So when is the best time to do my hydroseeding?
Anytime is a good time to plant your lawn as long as the soil temperature is above 60 degrees. This usually occurs after April 15th but that date can be different each year. Each season offers different advantages. The summer heat will make the grass germinate and grow much faster due to higher soil temperatures. Spring is cooler so the watering requirements aren’t as demanding.
Will the hyroseed stain my driveways, sidewalks, siding on my house or curbing?
No. The mulch will not stain any of the those areas or anything else. If the mulch gets on anything it can be washed off with water.
Can the hyroseed harm our pets?
No. All ingredients of the hydro seeding process are safe and will not harm pets.
How do I take care of my new lawn?
To become established your new lawn will need an adequate amount of water. Your new lawn will need to be watered two – three times a day for the first two – three weeks, with the watering cycles averaging 2 – 8 minutes each.
The lawn should just be kept moist and water should not PUDDLE or RUN on the lawn. Keep an eye on the weather, and adjust the watering to keep the mulch moist, NOT soaking wet or muddy. After you mow the first time you can adjust your watering to once a day and a for longer period.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.