Do I need to water my newly Hydroseeded lawn?
Watering: The successful establishment of your new lawn requires water. A new lawn should be watered 2-3 times each day for the first 2 – 2 ˝ weeks, a duration of 10 to 15 minutes each watering should be sufficient.
The lawn should be kept lightly damp and water should NOT RUN or PUDDLE on the lawn. Watch the weather, and adjust your watering to keep the mulch lightly damp, NOT soaking wet and muddy. After the first mowing then water a bit more heavily just once a day.
Can I walk on a freshly Hydroseeded area?
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.
How soon will I have grass?
Often times hydroseeded lawns will begin to germinate is as little as 5-7 days. Obvious growth is usually very evident between after the first week since it was sprayed, and before the end of the second week. 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.
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 a few days to a week, it can vary but into the second week the colour of real grass starts to take over. The colorant has no bearing on the quality of the hydroseed or the impression that the hydroseeded lawn has washed away.
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 not stain and usually fade away within a few days and can be hosed off with a garden hose and a broom.
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.
Is Hydroseeding guaranteed?
While EasyLawn Hydroseeding stands by its work, often times incidents such as torrential rains, hurricanes or acts of nature are beyond the hydroseeders control and cannot be guaranteed. Another very common problem beyond our control in the development of a new lawn is neglect, not watering the property sufficiently will cause the yard to appear spotty and incomplete. Any problems can only be dealt with on an individual basis. Having said that…I apply a generous amount of seed, along with advice that will result in a satisfactory result if followed. With the exception of areas washed away by concentrated heavy waterflow, such as downspouts, problems are not common at all.
Is Hydroseeding better than sod?
Having your lawn sodded will give you a picture perfect lawn in as little as one day but at a much greater expense and a lot more work. Newly laid sod requires a much larger volume of water applied when watering due to the sod grass being mature and drinking more trying to re-establish itself and root into the subsoil. Hydroseeding may take a few weeks to see your lawn fully develop. Hydroseeding is also much less expensive than the costly application of sod. As to which lawn looks better, aftercare and attention to your investment will ultimately determine what your results are with either choice.
DO I NEED TO FERTILIZE MY NEW GRASS AFTER IT IS GROWING?
Yes, a starter fertilizer should be applied after about 4 weeks which is when the fertilizer that was contained within the hydroseed mixture when it was first applied wears off. It’s very important to use only a starter fertilizer which isn’t as harsh. Scotts makes a very good product for this, but there are others that are suitable. Just check with your supplier before you buy and apply.
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. Check with local suppliers.
Do I need to have a soil test done before Hydroseeding?
A soil test is an important tool in evaluating your soils requirements. Often times a hydroseeding contractor will do his own soil test to determine exactly what nutrients are lacking in your soil.
Can a Hydroseeder spray something other than grass seed?
Absolutely, Hydroseeders can often spray wildflower mixtures, Horse pasture mixes and many many more.
Whats the best time of year to have my lawn Hydroseeded?
This will depend greatly on your climate, traditionally the Spring and Fall months are the most conducive to growing any type of vegetation, but considering the fact that the fibremulch used in the application of the seed hold up to ten times its weight in water resulting in greater effect of any watering, light rain and even fog, so it can be grown successfully even in the summertime when handseeding often fails.
Will I have weeds growing on my new lawn?
Yes, weeds will appear on your new lawn… but we didn’t plant any for you! The seed I use from Halifax Seed is guaranteed NOT to contain any weed seeds. The fact is, all soils contain a certain amount of naturally occurring weed seeds which will sprout, but a healthy lawn will prevail, but put up with them at first. (see below)
Weed Control: This is important ------ DO NOT use weed control products on your new young grass. The grass at this stage may react severely to the chemicals and die. All soil contains weed seeds which have lain dormant in your soil or have been carried in by birds or the wind which will germinate after the lawn has been planted. Weed seed germinate quicker than grass seed therefore do not be concerned when weeds appear. Newly seeded lawns that are properly watered, mowed and fertilized provide too much competition for weed plants to gain a good stronghold. Most weeds cannot survive the grass root system and will be choked out. The few that might remain can be controlled and eliminated as part of your normal fertilizing process. Ask your nearest garden center to recommend the appropriate weed & feed product. *Do not use any fertilizer that contains a Weed Killer on your new lawn until the lawn has established and matured until AFTER at least 12 weeks or more.*
When Should I Cut My New Lawn?
Cutting too soon could do more harm then good. Your first cutting should take place when the majority of the grass has grown approximately 3 inches tall. A good rule of thumb is to cut it when you notice its tips blowing over a bit in the wind. By this point the roots should be well established. When cutting your new lawn, keep your mower blade sharp, this will prevent the grass from tearing and being pulled out by the roots. Never cut more than the top 1/3 of the grass blade at a time and do not collect the grass clippings, use your mulching option on your mower. This will allow the clipping to fall into your new lawn and be used as mulching compost.