Hydroseeding is the process of spraying seed, fertilizer, tackifier, water and other agents in a single application. When applied the mulch forms a moist protective coating on the ground allowing them to germinate faster. The mulch protects the seed from hot sunlight, wind, birds and soil erosion. The mulch creates a bond to the soil and provides critical nutrients to the soil as it decomposes.
Hydroseeding is an excellent alternative to sodding if you are looking to save money and still want a yard that will make your neighbors envious.
How much does hydroseeding cost?
Hydroseeding costs vary from job to job and are dependent upon site conditions, grass type and soil additives. In general, hydroseeding will run 50% – 75% cheaper than sod. Free estimates can be arranged by calling us to schedule an appointment.
What type of seed can I use in my yard?
Most types of seed can be applied by hydroseeding. What you choose for your yard will depend upon the amount of light, traffic, soil conditions. Typically, Bermuda or Fescue is used in the Tennessee Valley area.
How much should I water?
For the best germination the goal is to keep the lawn consistently moist for the first couple of weeks. Watering 2-3 times per day initially and then backing this down to 1-2 times per day after the first 2 weeks. The idea is to keep the seed and ground moist but not saturated during the germination period.
When should I fertilize my new lawn?
Typically, the fertilizer used in the hydroseed application will be a starter fertilizer which will be high in phosphorous and helps to stimulate root growth. This will typically last 30-45 days. Thus, fertilizing between weeks 4 and 6 is common.
Should I have a soil test done before hydroseeding?
Absolutely! A soil test is an extremely important tool to when evaluating your soil requirements. Alta Turf can have the soil test done for you or you can drop a sample of your soil off at C.T. Garvins Feed & Seed or your local farmer’s Cooperative.
When can I apply post or preemergents ?
Be patient. A good rule of thumb is to wait for three months. Any sooner and the chemicals may hinder strong growth.
Will my hydroseeded lawn look as good as sod?
Sod gives you a beautiful and instant lawn. Hydroseeding will take several weeks to fully develop. However, with the proper care you will end up with a lawn just as beautiful as a seeded lawn for a lot less money.
How soon do I begin mowing my lawn?
Typically, four weeks or when the grass reaches 3-4 inches. You should never remove more than 1/3 of the blade at a time.