Hydroseeding is a modern gardening process that is getting a lot of attention from people who want to try something different when trying to get a great lawn because their garden is too big and it’s hard to seed. It is an effective alternative to more conventional broadcast or dry seeding and involves a seed slurry consisting of seeds, water, tackifiers, mulch, and even fertilizers that are sprayed directly onto an area of your garden where you want something to grow.
Seeds grow much faster this way and are much easier to distribute evenly.
To make sure you get the very best out of hydroseeding though, keep the following tips in mind.
Prepare the Soil
When hydroseeding fails, it’s not really the actual content of the soil, but rather the condition of the soil. If any construction has taken place on your garden in the past, this can make it more difficult for seeds to take root. To increase the chances of germination being successful, you should add compost, aerate, till, and just give the soil a good work-through before hydroseeding.
While it’s true areas that have been hydro seeded do not need as much water as areas where broadcast seeding has been done, it is still important to ensure germinating seeds get enough water, so they grow properly and take root. When it first starts, it is best to try and avoid seedlings drying out. Watering twice a day, particularly when the sun is shining. When the grass starts growing, you can reduce the amount of watering.
Although fertilizer is normally mixed in with the seed slurry, you still need to mix in additional fertilizer after a month of planting. Make sure the fertilizer has high levels of nitrogen and once the initial hydroseeding has been done, you need to fertilize every 90 to 120 days, as each season starts.
Maintain Your Lawn
Just because your lawn has been seeded, it doesn’t mean you can just leave it and reap the benefits. You still need to put some work in. It is essential to mow your lawn regularly to keep your grass healthy and make sure new growth comes through. It’s best, though, to wait until you have three inches worth of grass before you cut it for the first time.
Hire the Professionals
You may wonder if you are particularly handy at DIY and enjoy gardening, why you can’t just get out and hydroseed by yourself. There’s nothing to stop you from doing that, in theory. However, would you think the same about rewiring your kitchen or home or installing highly technical HVAC central heating systems or other forms of specialist tasks? Not necessarily. You probably realize your abilities and that you couldn’t do that kind of job well enough. That is the approach you should take when it comes to hydroseeding.
The best way to ensure you get the best experience and have the best results in your garden and can really benefit from this alternative is to hire a professional who can offer their experience and expertise with providing hydroseeding services.