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Caring for Your Hydroseed

A lush green lawn enhances the appearance and the value of any home.  A healthy lawn reduces neighborhood noise levels, retains moisture and reduces airborne dusts.  A properly maintained lawn will give you years of healthy green grass.  Once hydroseeding has been applied, follow these simple guidelines to get the most out of your investment. 

  

Watering: 

The first 3 weeks are the most important.  Once the hydroseed has set for 24 hours, it is time to start watering.  Watering with a lawn sprinkler is the best way to ensure that you are applying a consistent amount of water.  Keep the top two inches of soil moist, not muddy.  Do not over water.  It is best to water each area of your lawn twice a day, morning and late afternoon, for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.  In extremely hot weather you will have to water more often.   

Mowing: 

Don’t be in a hurry to cut your lawn the first time.  Give the roots time to take hold.  As soon as the new lawn is 3 inches high it is time to mow.  Delaying mowing will inhibit the germination of slowing germinating grasses such as bluegrasses.   

Fertilizer: 

We apply a high-quality fertilizer with high levels of phosphorus and potassium during the initial hydroseeding process to help your new lawn start establishing a strong root base.   Your new lawn should be fertilized with a high nitrogen fertilizer again in about 4 weeks.  Fertilizing too earlier will burn the grass and possibly kill the lawn.  You should have mowed the lawn a few times before adding fertilizer.  If you have questions about what fertilizer to apply, please feel free to contact us.  

 

Weed Control: 

Do not use weed control products on a new young lawn.  The grass at this stage may react severely to the chemicals and die.  All soil contains weed seeds, which will come up after the lawn has been planted.  Weeds germinate quicker than grass seed, therefore do not be concerned when weeds appear.  As the grass becomes established, many weeds cannot survive the grass root system and will be choked out.  The weeds that do remain can be controlled and eliminated as part of your normal fertilizing process.   Weed control can also have severe adverse effects on the natural balance of your soil, pollinators and wildlife, an unneeded risk when you're dealing with a healthy lawn.

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