FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 SOON WILL I HAVE GRASS?
Often times hydroseeded lawns will begin to germinate is as little as 5-7 days. Most grass types will take between 3-4 weeks to fill in and depending on how often the lawn is watered, and the type of grass seed used, it can take up to as much as 8 weeks to see strong growth.
WHEN SHOULD I FIRST MOW MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
As a general rule of thumb the first mowing is recommended once the lawn reaches 3-4 inches in height. The 1/3rd rule is a good guideline, You should never remove more than 1/3rd of the grass blade at one time.
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. Try to avoid sharp turns when mowing a fresh lawn so as to avoid tearing the grass out with your tires.
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.
WHY IS THE GREEN COLOR GONE FROM MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
The green dye that was present during the initial application will fade and disappear in as few as 2 days in some cases and in other instances it may last weeks. The colorant has no bearing on the quality of the hydroseed or the impression that the hydroseeded lawn has washed away.
WHAT TYPE OF GRASS SEED IS USED IN HYDROSEEDING?
Most any type of grass seed can be used in Hydroseeding, factors such as climate conditions will be the determining factor as to which grass type is recommended. A Horticultural center or Agricultural agent can tell you what turf seeds flourish best in your climate.
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.
CAN I APPLY WEED-KILL TO MY HYDROSEEDED LAWN?
Strong chemicals such as pesticides or weed-killers should be avoided until your lawn is well established. A common practice is to wait at least 3 months before any pesticides are used on your new lawn as some chemicals may hinder your lawn from growing to its full potential.
I SEE GREEN STAINS ON MY FOUNDATION AND MY WALKWAY AFTER MY YARD WAS HYDROSEEDED, WILL IT GO AWAY?
Absolutely, the green dye that may have splashed onto your foundation or walkways will usually fade away within a few days and can be hosed off with a garden hose.
ARE THE MATERIALS USED IN HYDROSEEDING DANGEROUS TO MY CHILDREN OR MY PETS?
No. Hydroseed is simply a mixture of grass seed, starter fertilizer, water and hydro mulch made from wood fibers that is dyed green with a dye similar to food coloring.
DO ALL HYDROSEEDING CONTRACTORS USE THE SAME MATERIALS?
No. We use 100% wood fiber mulch along with growth stimulants, weed control, lime, and other additives to give you the best lawn possible. Other contractors may use a news paper blend mulch with no other growth enhancing additives.
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