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Tips for Hydroseeding Your Lawn and the Best Time to Start
Want a beautiful, green, luscious lawn that enhances the appearance of your home? We thought so! However, getting it can be a challenge.
Hydroseeding is an easy, effective, and affordable method to achieve the lawn of your dreams. It involves applying a mixture of seed, water, fertilizer, and mulch to the intended surface. But simply spraying the solution over the ground isn't all you have to do to guarantee success - you need to know the best time and steps to take.
What is the best time for hydroseeding?
The ideal temperature for the first few weeks of hydroseeding is 75-85 degrees. For the best result, fall and spring are the ideal times to hydroseed your lawn. In spring, the temperature is moderate, and there's plenty of sunshine - the perfect conditions for seed growth.
The fall season is also great for hydroseeding, thanks to the cool temperature and warm soil. Your grass also won't require as much water as a lawn started in the dry summer months.
Tips for hydroseeding your lawn
Conduct a soil test
Never skip a soil test. You don't want to do everything right and wonder where the problem is only to discover the pH is not ideal for the seed. A soil test will also reveal the levels of nutrients in your soil and help you determine the right fertilizer to use.
Prepare the soil
It's important to get your soil ready for hydroseeding by removing any weeds, rocks, and debris that can prevent the growth of strong, healthy roots. Also, level the ground to ensure the hydroseeding slurry spreads evenly. You also have to loosen the soil and make sure it is well-drained.
Select the right seed
Choosing the right kind of seed is crucial for success. The ideal seed for your project depends on the soil, climate, sun exposure, and the level of maintenance you're willing to do. Knowing the result and look you want to achieve will help you choose the right seed.
Spray the hydroseed evenly
After getting your machine ready by putting it in good working condition, add the seed, mulch, additives (if needed), and fertilizer into the right amount of water. Ensure the materials are well mixed before applying. Lastly, spray the solution evenly over the entire area to ensure even growth.
Water your seedlings regularly in the first weeks - about 3 to 4 times daily. This will keep the soil moist and encourage the grass to take root and grow optimally. While you should water regularly, be careful not to over-water to prevent drowning seeds.
Care for and maintain the lawn
For a healthy and beautiful lawn, care and maintenance are crucial. Aside from regular watering, mowing when the grass is at least 3-4 inches tall will encourage new growth and help the grass establish strong roots.
Also, fertilize the grass regularly (every 90-120 days) to provide it with the nutrients it needs to grow and thrive. If you have to weed in the first months, it's best to hand pull, as applying pesticides or herbicides before three months can harm the young seedlings.
By following the tips for hydroseeding your lawn and starting at the right time, you'll be well on your way to achieving a lush, green lawn that turns heads in the neighborhood. Reach out to us for more landscaping tips today.