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How to Do Hydroseeding

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Overview

Hydroseeding is becoming a popular way to plant a grass lawn. Hydroseed can grow on almost any surface and you can apply it quickly. Expect to see growth in just one week after application. You will need to begin yard maintenance in around four weeks. Hydroseeding is cheaper than laying sod. However, it is more costly than spreading seed and you will need to hire a contractor to apply the mixture. The mixture consists of grass seed, water, fertilizer, wood fibers and binding agents. It takes on a green hue prior to germination.

Step 1

Rake, smooth and grade your soil in preparation for hydroseeding. Remove any large rocks. Slope your yard slightly away from your house so water runs off towards the street.

Step 2

Call local landscapers in your area to find out if they hydroseed and receive an estimate. You may want to ask them what types of grass seed they use in their hydroseed mixture.

Step 3

Follow any soil preparations your contractor gives you. This usually includes rolling over the soil with a lawn roller filled halfway with water. Your contractor will perform the actual application of the mixture.

Step 4

Water the hydroseed according to the contractor's instructions. It is normally recommended to water lightly at least twice per day. Grass seed is unable to grow if it is allowed to dry out.

Step 5

Call your contractor if there are bare areas. Some areas will need a re-application.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Landscaper
  • Lawn roller
  • Garden hose
  • Sprinklers

References

  • All About Lawns: Planting by Hydroseeding
  • This Old House: Gone to (Hydro) Seed
Keywords: hydroseeding, landscaper, grass seed, preparing seed bed

About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.