How often and how much should I water my hydroseed?

To allow the hydroseed to germinate, the soil should always be moist. After the hydroseed application, most lawns will need watering 3-4 times per day for several minutes. The weather, soil type and slope of your yard may affect how much water your hydroseed will need. Keep an eye on it during the first week and adjust your watering schedule so the soil is constantly moist, but not saturated.

How do I know if I’m watering too much?

You’ll notice if you’re watering too much if you start to see puddles and washouts. While the ground may be soft before the seed begins rooting, it should not be muddy. You should adjust your watering schedule after rains and cool, damp weather. Too much water prevents roots from digging down deep into the soil to find water and leads to a weak root system.

What happens if rain washes away hydroseed?

It’s not uncommon for rain to wash away areas of hydroseed. The best thing to do is watch the forecast before applying hydroseed. We’ll work with you to find the best day to do this and try to minimize the chance of heavy rain affecting the hydroseed. If a surprise storm does come through, rest assured we use a strong-bonding agent in our hydroseed that helps it best stick to your yard. The rain may make it look like it washed some away, but wait for the seed to germinate and you’ll be surprised to see the coverage you’ll get. If you still have areas that need touching up, give us a call.

Will I need to water more often in excessive heat?

Yes. Periods of heat and drought can be hard on hydroseed and will require additional watering. You may want to bump up your watering schedule to five times a day, with longer cycles of watering.

How long does it take for grass to grow?

Under the best conditions, you’ll start to see grass sprouting within 5 – 10 days. The picture below shows the first sign of grass seven days after application, with new growth each following day. If you hydroseed in cooler months, including the spring or fall, germination may take 14 – 21 days. Wait to mow the grass until it is at least 3 inches tall, and be careful not more than one-third its height.

When is the best time of the year to hydroseed?

The heat of the summer will encourage hydroseed to germinate faster, but you’ll conserve water and save money on your water bill by choosing a cooler time of the year. Fall or late summer is ideal, when temperatures hang around 75 to 85 degrees.

When should I first mow my hydroseed?

Wait until the grass is at least 3 inches tall, although it may be taller than you typically like your grass. Place your mower on its highest setting, and you can gradually lower it for future mowings. Be sure to use the one-third rule every time you mow: cut no more than one-third the grass’s height.

Why are there weeds in my new lawn?

Weeds are common in new lawns. We always prep the area by spraying for weeds before hydroseeding, killing whatever is already growing there. New weeds will probably show up again as your grass grows. Most often, their seeds were blown in from neighboring lawns or fields. We use the highest quality hydroseed mix, which is 99% weed-free, and may contribute to a small amount of weeds.

Don’t let weeds scare you!

You do not have to worry about the weeds overtaking the grass. With proper watering, mowing and fertilizing, your grass will eventually choke out the weeds.

How do I get rid of weeds in hydroseed?

Keep up proper watering and mowing to promote new grass growth. Your grass will take care of the majority of your weed problem. We also recommend treating weeds with some type of weed control after the fourth mowing cycle.

When can I start walking on my new lawn?

Keep pets and foot traffic off your lawn until you’re ready to mow for the first time. Hydroseed can tolerate some light food traffic while watering. After about 4 – 6 weeks, you can walk on your grass as normal.

Do I need to fertilize hydroseed?

Yes, fertilization is recommended 3 – 4 weeks after the hydroseed application. If you see areas of yellow grass or grass that is slower to grow, that’s a sure sign you need to fertilize. Find a slow-release fertilizer and make sure to water sufficiently after the application to avoid burning your grass.