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Hydroseeding is an effective technique to spread a “slurry” of grass seed and mulch over your ground to grow a beautiful, entire lawn. The slurry is made of grass seeds, mulch, water, fertilizer, biostimulants, and sometimes a green dye.
Hydroseeding offers numerous benefits over traditional dry seeding methods. Each part of the mixture works together for a high-quality result. The fertilizer boosts growth while the mulch bonds the seed to the soil protects them from the elements, and adds extra nutrients when it decomposes. With dry seeding, the seed is spread, and then hay is laid over the top of it with the idea that it will prevent the seed from blowing and will stop birds from eating them. However, the wind can easily blow the straw away, and birds can pick around it to find and eat the grass seeds.
Another problem with dry seeding is in its very name. Moisture is essential for the growth of any new seed, and the grass is no exception. Hydroseeding achieves proper moisture levels by including water in the slurry and providing protection against evaporation.
Hydroseeding offers less likelihood of weeds as compared with traditional broadcasting. In addition, the breakdown of the straw can result in nitrogen-rich soil; however, the wood fiber mulch in hydroseed adds to the humus content for healthier soil. Finally, hydro-mulch offers protection against soil erosion by adding a tackifier, an organic substance that binds the mulch to the underlying soil.
In addition to the effectiveness of hydroseed, you’ll find other benefits, such as the speed of growth and the evenness of the distribution. You may be interested in learning more about hydroseeding, including when to start and how to treat your lawn successfully. Read on to learn more about the best practices to hydroseed successfully.
When Is The Best Time To Hydroseed?
You can create a lush, beautiful lawn with minimal effort using the hydroseeding process. It is recommended to start hydroseeding in the summer, spring, or fall. The method requires steady sunlight and water consistently multiple times a day so that the grass seeds develop solid and sustainable roots.
You can start hydroseeding in the fall or spring, as long as the temperatures are between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit and there is plenty of sunlight in the forecast for at least the first couple weeks of growth. After that, the grass should grow at a reasonable rate and require less water than in the summer months because it’s not hot and sometimes heavy rains. Choosing to begin hydroseeding in the summer means that your grass will grow at a faster rate, thanks to the increased heat and sunlight. However, in the summer, you can also expect to have to water your lawn more often.
Hydroseeding An Existing Lawn
We do not recommend hydroseeding an existing lawn; however, you can either start from scratch or try a process known as overseeding.
Overseeding is when you loosen the soil with a power rake, which can be rented from a hardware store. Broadcast the seed slurry onto the area and then press the seed into the loose soil using a leaf rake. Once complete, add starter fertilizer and water the entire area.
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7 More Tips On Hydroseeding Your Lawn
Here are seven more tips for preparing for the hydroseeding process and taking care of your hydro seeded lawn:
1. Prepare your soil
Before you lay down the hydroseed slurry, you must prepare your lawn to be receptive to the mixture. Begin by grading the ground so that the area is level. This will allow for even distribution and a solid base for your new lawn to take root. Next, be sure to remove all weeds and clear the area of sticks, rocks, and other debris that could interfere with the hydroseeding process.
2. Water the area
In the beginning, you can expect to water your hydroseeded lawn consistently. Seedlings will require water about three to four times daily. Once the grass begins to grow and take root, you can decrease that amount.
3. Mowing your new lawn
Mowing your property ensures new growth, and the turf remains healthy. However, you don’t want to trim your hydroseeded lawn immediately. Instead, please wait until the development is at least three inches tall before cutting it to prevent any damage to the grass.
4. Fertilize your grass
It’s important to fertilize new growth every 90 to 120 days with a high nitrogen fertilizer to maintain healthy growth.
5. Avoid pesticides
To prevent damage to your newly hydroseeded lawn, avoid any type of pesticide or herbicide for at least three months. For the first few months, carefully pull out any weeds you see, trying not to disturb nearby grass seedlings.
6. Avoid foot traffic
When your hydroseeded lawn is new, you’ll want to avoid as much physical contact as possible. Walking on the area could result in thinning or bald patches. Also, grass seedlings are susceptible during the first three weeks, so it’s crucial to stay off the lawn, even when watering it.
7. Keep pets off
Keeping with tip #6, it’s essential to keep your pets off of the new growth. In addition to stepping on the tender grass stalks, animal urine is also damaging to your new lawn. The ammonia in urine can stop germination and prevent grass growth, resulting in bald spots in your lawn.
Now that you are prepared to successfully hydroseed your lawn, you can take on the project with your yard. Contact us today to learn more about hydroseeding or find out about hydroseeding services.