Hydro-seeding is seen as an easy way to create a beautiful lawn with little effort. It is recommended to start hydroseeding in the summer, spring, or fall due to the need of steady sun and regular watering multiple times a day needed to develop and create sustainable roots for years to come.
Each season offers different advantages for hydroseeding, so it will all depend on your preferences. The idea temperature for hydro-seeding to take place is 75-85 degrees during the first couple weeks of growth. Beginning hydro-seeding in the fall and spring will allow the grass to grow at a good rate and require less water than in the heat of summer. Due to the heat if you begin to hydroseed in the summer the grass will grow much faster than in other seasons.
Once you choose the best season to begin hydroseeding you may need a little advice and we’re here for you! Here are 10 hydroseeding tips.
You’re probably wondering how much it would cost you to hydroseed your entire lawn. If you’re looking to hydroseed over a smaller area the average about $0.18 per square foot. Contractors will often offer discounts when covering larger areas of land, bringing your total down significantly. Hydroseeding may be more expensive than planting grass seed but it has a much higher chance of germinating. This means you should not have to replant areas and prevents patchy spots on your lawn. Another cost you should be aware of is the cost of watering your lawn. Hydroseeding requires quite a bit of water while it’s growing, possibly up to two months of intensive watering.
How to take care of and prepare for hydroseeding:
- Prepare your soil
You have to make sure that your soil is ready to properly absorb the hydroseeding mixture. To do this grade the ground and make sure that it is level, this will allow the mixture to spread evenly and provide a solid base for the grass to take root. Weeding your soil and making sure that it is clean of debris that could interfere with the grass taking root or properly growing is extremely important.
- Water Water Water
At the beginning the seedlings will require watering about three to four times a day, which you can reduce once the grass has begun to grow. In order to grow and take root properly the seeds will need to be watered consistently. You could install a sprinkler system, which could be programmed to water the soil enough while it is growing and less when it is full grown and just being maintained.
Mowing your grass can help keep your grass healthy as well as ensure there is new growth. However, do not cut your new growth until it is at least three inches tall. This will prevent any possible damage.
Fertilizing is extremely important for the growth of new grass so it is best to fertilize every 90-120 days with a high nitrogen fertilizer.
To prevent damage to your new lawn you should wait at least three months before applying any type of pesticides or herbicides to the grass. You do not want to take any chances of killing off the new growth so it is best to wait to spray and just pull weeds as you see them for the first couple of months.
- Don’t walk on it
Avoid as much physical contact with the area as possible because contact can cause thinning or bald spots in areas where pressure is applied. The seedlings are in an extremely vulnerable state during the first two or three weeks so, until then you should avoid physical contact as much as possible. Installing sprinklers can be a big help in this area because you can make sure that everything is watered without coming into contact with the area.
- Keep pets away
There’s no way to completely control wild animals, but you can make sure that your pets do not come in contact with the new growth. The ammonia in animal urine can halt grass germination, preventing the growth of your new lawn.