Lawns / Turf / Sports Fields:
Grassroots Erosion Control Inc. uses hydroseeding as the main application for lawns and sports fields. Hydroseeding is a fast, cost-effective way to have a new lawn. The cost to have your lawn hyrdoseeded can be less than ¼ of the cost of using sod, depending on the size of the area that needs to be hydroseeded. In a few weeks, you will have a beautiful lawn, with no need to worry if the sod will take. Hydroseeding also eliminates the backbreaking dirty job of laying sod by hand.
What is Hydroseeding?
Hydroseeding is the simple procedure of applying grass seed, fertilizer, mulch 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 area to be seeded. Hydroseeding works great for lawns, roadsides, erosion control projects and more. Hydroseeding is a fast and easy alternative to sodding. You can have a beautiful, healthy, durable lawn at a fraction of the cost of sodding.
Hydroseeding works so well because the seed is suspended in a nutrient rich slurry. The contact of the seed with the water in the machine triggers the germination cycle. The mulch layer seals in the moisture, holds the soil in place and acts like a mini-greenhouse. The seed is set at an ideal depth for optimum results. All these factor contribute to the conditions being just right to produce a lush green lawn quickly.
Some frequently asked questions
Type of grasses?
The bottom line is that any type of grass seed can be used in a hydroseeding project. Of course, in various climates and soil conditions throughout the world, different types of grasses will in fact do better than others. We can also provide different types of pasture grasses and seed blends for forage.
The types of grasses chosen for your project will largely depend on your terrain and project layout. For example, you might use one type of seed for a showpiece front lawn, and another type entirely for shady areas. If you have areas that would be difficult or even impossible to cut, you might opt to have an assortment of wildflowers applied instead of (or in addition to) the grass seed. Combining different types of seed can make for the perfect application for your lawn, golf course, or commercial project.
Is Hydroseeding better than sod?
Having your lawn sodded will give you a picture perfect lawn in as little as one day. Hydroseeding may take a few weeks to see your lawn fully develop. Hydroseeding is also 60%-75% 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When should I fertilize my hydroseeded lawn?
This will often vary depending on the type of grass seed used, condition of the soil and recommended fertilizer types for your climate. A common practice is to apply a nitrogen rich fertilizer soon after the first mowing has been done. Weeks 4-6 are common fertilizing times. When in doubt, an Expert should be consulted as improper fertilization could cause severe damage to your lawn.
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.
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.
Please contact us to discuss your project.