Advantages of Hydroseeding
- A ordable and versatile application
- Protects seeds from heat and birds
- Maintains soil temperature
- Prevents seeds from washing away
- Organic components enrich the soil
- Retain moisture, which means less watering
- Allows better root formation
- Even application of seeds is more possible than with broadcast seeding
- No need to remove straw as you do with broadcast seeding
- Less than half the cost of using sod
- Great for slopes and hard to reach areas
- Ideal way to minimize erosion
- Great for seeding wild owers on lake banks and hard to reach areas
When To Use Hydroseed
- Establish a new lawn
- Control erosion
- Vegetating land after fire or flood
What’s In The Mix?
- Acts as a carrier and jump starts the growth process of the seed
- Seeded with a tested, high quality/premium turf mix
- Erosion control (such as Crown Vetch)
- Grass is usually visibile within 5-7 days
- When extra fast germination is desired, it is also possible to pre-germinate the seeds
- A “starter” fertilizer that will stimulate root growth is most commonly used
- Hydroseeding mulch gives it the green color
- Protects the seed and seals in moisture
- Made from a paper or wood product mix
- Will not stain walkways, driveways, or house
- Helps hold the mix on hillsides in rainy conditions
- Seals moisture into the soil and lubricates the machine
Hydroseed Vs. Dry Seeding
- Hydroseeded lawns come up faster. We often hear of grass up in as few as 3-5 days.
- Hydroseed has attractive green appearance that looks far better than lawns dry seeded and covered with straw mulch.
- Hydroseed mulch has no weed seed. Straw is loaded with weed seed.
- Hydroseeding allows for custom tailoring of the proper seed for your job.
- It is not uncommon to use two or three different varieties of seeds. Custom spraying the right seed for different areas of the lawn or job is sometimes necessary. When needed, we will use one seed for shady areas, one for high trafic areas, and one to make the front lawn a showpiece.
- Hyrdoseeding mulch adds to the humus content of a lawn as it decomposes. The bacterial action of straw will leach nitrogen from the soil as it decomposes.
Hydroseed Vs. Sod
- Hydroseeding will produce turf as nice looking as sod within a very short time at significant savings. Sod is a good solution for the need for a new lawn, but it is very expensive. Sod generally costs 3 to 5 times more than hydroseeding.
- Sod can have a problem with the soil it was grown on not having sufficient compatibility with the soil it is planted on, which is called “not taking.” With hydroseeding, the new seedlings are grown on your own soil, so there is no risk of it not taking.
- With sod the roots are chopped off, resulting in a less healthy plant.
- Hydroseeding requires about 1/3 the amount of watering as sod.
- Sod will shrink over the first month and if it is not installed properly gaps will open up between the sod rows.
Preparation For Hydroseeding
We suggest using a soil conditioner or soil pulverizer to grade, level, rake, remove debris, pulverize and prepare seedbed, remove old lawns and weeds, all with one tool or till it up with garden tiller.
As the square footage to be hydroseeded goes up, the price comes down. Get the lowest possible price by going in with a few of your neighbors who need hydroseeding and we will add all areas to be hydroseeded together to lower the price.
Care Of Your Lawn
Care is very important, particularly in the first month. To keep your lawn looking its best you should:
- Water regularly. (We suggest a minimum of two times a day in warm weather); this promotes seed germination.
- Try not to disturb the mulch mat and to only walk on areas that are dry.
- Mowing can begin once the new lawn is three inches tall in most areas. Mowing stimulates growth and increases thickness.
- Try to cut no more than one third of the grass blade at a time. The water is stored in the blades of the grass so when you mow higher you allow more water to stay with the plant and minimize the stress to the lawn.
- Fertilize your new lawn about one month after seeding using a high nitrogen fertilizer.