Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe for my pets?
Yes, hydroseed materials are safe, non-toxic to us, our pets, and the environment. It is a combination of recycled paper products (called cellulose), grass seed mixes, starter fertilizers, tackifiers, and co-polymer gels that absorb water.
How do I take care of new hydroseed?
Successful seed germination depends on several factors to be successful. Good soil, regular watering, and fertilizer. To assure proper germination water newly hydroseeded areas daily especially during warmer weather. Keeping the yard moist, not soaked, will maximize seed germination. By watering regularly for a minimum of 14 days, it will keep new seedlings from drying out insuring the beginnings of a lawn that will make your neighbors green with envy.
When can I mow the grass?
Mowing can begin once the new lawn is 4″ tall in most areas. This also depends on the seed mix. Unlike sod, hydroseed will take hold faster and you will be enjoying your lawn sooner. Mowing to 3 1/2″ to start will also stimulate root growth and development which will also increase thickness. Set the mower high for the first few cuttings, then gradually lower.
When can I fertilize new hydroseed?
About one month after seeding, fertilize your new lawn using a starter fertilizer. Repeat for the 2nd and third month. We always add starter fertilizer in the hydroseed mix which stimulates good root growth. It is important to get good root growth before you stimulate a vigorous top growth with nitrogen.
How does hydroseed compare to sod?
Hydroseed can produce full results in about a month. It also costs significantly less than sod and much more effective than hand seeding or DIY. The good news is when applied correctly, you will see germination in less than two weeks, depending on the seed mix.
Since all of the ingredients in hydroseed – the mulch, fertilizer, and grass seed are mixed together, there is a protective layer that absorbs water like a sponge creating the ideal environment for seed to grow. This is much better than transplanted sod that is recovering from the shock of being cut, transported, dried at times, installed and then typically soaked which can shock the sod with cold 55 degree water.
How can we prepare for hydroseed?
Preparing for hydroseed is really the most important part of having a successful lawn. the seed bed needs to be raked and smooth, not compressed. You may also be adding a professional irrigation system. Next, have a minimum of 2″ of screened topsoil material added. This will provide the new grass an environment to germinate and establish a root system in the first month. Most new construction homes have backfill dirt, loose sand and gravel, and crushed concrete mixed into the rough grade. Many times, this will need to be removed with a harley rake or a rock hound before topsoil can be successfully added. Hydroseed can grow in almost any environment for a short time, but for long term success, having a clean, well prepared topsoil is really important.
Can I use Round Up, weed killers, or other weed and feed products on my lawn?
The bottom line is no – adding poisons and pesticides to your existing soil, yard or lawn will only slow or kill off the baby grass seeds from successfully germinating and growing. We typically will not install hydroseed for 6-8 weeks if your yard has been treated or DIY weed kill has been applied. There is no way for us to tell or test if your lawn has been treated other than your honesty. We cannot guaranty any application of new seed to previously treated areas.
We just has several trees and stumps removed can we hydroseed?
Yes – but with explanation. The grindings and wood chips must first be removed and not just buried under a small amount of added topsoil. The stump grindings begin to heat up, like a compost pile and will burn off any new growth of seed no matter how much you water it. Actually water just heats up the compost process. The best solution, although not the easiest, is to remove all of the grindings and wood chips then fill the area with fill dirt and a minimum of 2″ of screened topsoil to the top. Level and rake the area. Then, we can install hydroseed with confidence.
How much of each material is installed with hydroseed?
For most residential applications, we apply 100% premium paper mulch at a rate of 1,500/lbs per acre, we apply a 3-3-3 grass sunny/shade mix at a rate of 6/lbs per 1,000/sf, and we apply a premium starter fertilizer 15-30-15 at a rate of 5/lbs per 1,000/sf. The application rates vary based on conditions and other materials used, but never less than the above amounts.
What is hydroseeding?
Hydroseeding (or hydraulic mulch seeding, hydromulching) is a planting process that used a slurry mix of seed, mulch, fertilizer, and various combinations of bio-stimulants, moisture retention co-polymers, tackifiers, and other additives, which are then combined with water to form a slurry that is sprayed onto the ground to establish turfgrass (vegetation) and control erosion. These ingredients are mixed in a mounted tank that contains either a jet agitation system or a mechanical system which creates a homogenous slurry that is then sprayed over prepared ground in a uniform manner.
What is the difference between you and other landscape companies?
First, we are a family owned and run local, debt-free business. A dad, three kids and an amazing wife. We love working together. We take pride in our work and our reputation. We focus on one thing, being the best at hydroseeding. We research and find the best products available from around the country and we invest into providing those unique products to our customers. Our “secret family recipe” is similar to what most other people use, but always with a few extra well kept family ingredients that are unique to our process. While other landscaping companies may offer multiple services, we strive to be the best at the one thing we love to do. Hydroseeding.
What type of seed mix should we use?
There are literally hundreds of seed mix combinations that can be used for hydroseeding in every scenario for residential to commercial DOT erosion control. For residential projects, I like to break it down into a few simple categories. Sunny mix, sunny/shade mix, and shady mix. The best performer by far has been the sunny/shade mix. It has three types of seed that germinate at different times creating a continuous turfgrass during the first few months. It contains 34% creeping red fescue, which is a fine fescue with 400k-700k seeds per lb., 33% Turf Type Perennial Ryegrass which has 250k-300k seeds per lb., and 33% Elite Kentucky Bluegrass which has 1.25K – 1.5k seeds per lb. A Kentucky bluegrass can only be designated as “Elite” if it possesses these five characteristics: 1. Top quality turf scores 2. Very dark green color 3. Fine leaf texture 4. Excellent density 5. Excellent resistance to the major turf diseases.