Hydroseeding is the process by which seed, water, fertilizer, fiber mulch, and tackifier are blended together in a tank and applied onto a prepared lawn area through a spraying hose. The mulch is a wood fiber product which becomes a visual guide to spraying.
Once sprayed, the wet fiber mulch will help create a bond to the soil and provide the seeds with a water retaining, blanketing coat while protecting it from sunlight, wind, and erosion. As the grass seeds begin to germinate, the fiber mulch will slowly decompose adding nutrients to the soil.
Grass Mix Options (all native grasses)
- Low grow high altitude mix (crested wheatgrass, canada bluegrass, chewings fescue, sheep fescue, perennial rye)
- Tall grass mix (crested wheatgrass, Canada bluegrass, chewings fescue, sheep fescue, perennial rye, smooth brome)
- Kentucky bluegrass (deep root blend of 4 drought-resistant and high-traffic cultivars)
- Drought-resistant mix (creeping red fescue, Canada bluegrass, hard fescue, sheep fescue)
- Add wildflower to any mix
Caring for your lawn in the first month following hydroseeding is important for establishing thick, healthy turf. Watering is essential and should begin 24 hours after hydroseeding, when the new lawn has set.
The best times for watering are morning and early evening, keeping the seeded area wet, without creating puddles. It should not be allowed to completely dry out for more than 24 hours. Lack of watering may cause the seed to dry up, however too much water may also cause seed damage.
The lawn should have its first mowing when it has reached the height of 3 to 3-1/2 inches. Mower blades should be sharp, so as not to stress or possibly cause disease in the new plant. Only the top 1/3 of the plant should be cut and the clippings should be allowed to biodegrade within the new turf.
The fertilizer applied during hydroseeding will be used by the grass for 5 to 6 weeks. After that, it will be necessary to once again fertilize.
If you chose a grass mix with wildflowers, they will appear sparsely in the first year and thicker in the second and third. Mow down in the fall to ensure seed dispersal.