There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when it’s time to think about the grass in their yard. Many people gravitate toward sod or grass seed because it’s what they’re familiar with, but there is an option outside of both of those. Hydroseeding is another way to freshen up your yard.
What is Hydroseeding?
Hydroseeding involves a mixture of grass seed, water, fertilizer, mulch, and nutrients. This mixture is called a slurry, and it’s kept in a special tank that keeps it mixed together until it comes time to spray the slurry on the soil. Oftentimes, a greenish-blue dye is mixed in with the slurry so it’s clear where the hydroseed is sprayed. That way, it’s easier for people to avoid walking on it.
What’s it Good for?
Hydroseeding is a good choice for large areas. The larger the space, the more cost effective this method is over sod. Think large plots of land, athletic fields, and parks. This is also an easy, effective solution for patchy yards. Where grass seed may not take to the soil, and sod will be an awkward patch in the grass, hydroseed is an effective solution that not only will grow in the patchy areas, but it will match your grass better than regular seed or sod.
One of the many benefits of hydroseeding is that the grass seed mixed into the slurry can actually be a combination of different types of grass. This provides protection against disease and creates a fuller, more luscious yard.
What About Sod and Seed?
Sod is still a viable option for many yards, but hydroseeding holds a few benefits over sod.
- Doesn’t leave your yard looking patched together.
- Is faster to install.
- Is more cost effective in larger yards.
- Is more likely to not be diseased.
And opposed to regular grass seed, hydroseed germinates much faster. Within the first 3 weeks after installation, the seed will germinate and sprout.
What’s the Aftercare?
As with any form of new grass, keeping on top of watering is crucial. For the first 3 weeks after installation, the seed and sprouts need to stay moist. And keep everyone off of the area. No foot traffic is ideal to let the grass grow properly.
Hydroseeding Could be the Right Choice for You
Dealing with your yard brings many decisions to make. Fortunately, you don’t have to make them alone. If you’re unsure which grass solution is right for you, give us a call to speak with one of our landscape experts to go over your questions and concerns about your yard.