Techniques that support the growth of healthy, lush lawns continue to evolve every single day. Hydrograss technologies are efficient, high-quality, and cost-effective methods of seeding a lawn and they are quickly replacing sodding and broadcasting methods.
There are many advantages of hydroseeding. From the higher germination rates and quick turnaround time to effective soil erosion control, commercial hydroseed applications continue to transform the landscaping industry. However, you can only achieve success with your project if all parts of the process are followed correctly. Here are some common hydro mulching mistakes you need to avoid.
1. Poor Soil Preparation
One of the major mistakes people make is not preparing their seedbed correctly. You need to loosen your soil completely if it is to support the development of deeper roots. Loosened loam soils also have better aeration and water drainage. You need to ensure the ground has all nutrients necessary to support germination. You may even need to perform a thorough soil test before planting.
2. Poor Choice of Seeds
Selecting the wrong grass seed for your hydro-mulch may cause the project to backfire. Always consult hydro grass seed companies on the best type of grass for your lawn. Native grass seeds are preferable as they have higher germination rates and better acclimatize to the soil than their exotic counterparts.
3. Ignoring Watering Schedules
Another reason why you may not enjoy the advantages of hydroseeding is over or under watering your lawn. Typically, you should not water on the first day to enable the hydro-mulch to dry and stick. Once dried out, you need to water your lawn two to four times a day for the next two months. The frequency depends on the seasons and weather patterns.
4. Improper Seeding
Hydro grass planting goes beyond purchasing a hydro-mulcher, feeding it with seed, mulch, tackifiers, and fertilizers and spraying the mixture on the ground. You need to have the mix in the right proportions to prevent creating little bare islands on your lawn. Expert hydroseeding companies can help apply the slurry at a uniform rate.
5. Improper Fertilization
The initial hydroseed mix contains a starter fertilizer rich in phosphorus that stimulates root growth. After a month, you may need to add a nitrogen-based fertilizer to support the budding shoots. You may have to repeat the process every two months, preferably with a slow-release fertilizer. If unsure, always consult a hydroseeding contractor.
6. Mowing Too Early
Proper timing of the first grass cutting is essential to ensure a healthy lawn. Mowing your grass too early may result in a rutted look and a risk of the turf developing shallow roots. Plan to mow after the grass is approximately four inches tall and only remove the top inch of the blades. Above three inches, the grass can support a healthy lawn.
7. Not Using Professional Hydroseeding Companies
To reap the full advantages of hydroseeding, you need to hire expert landscapers who specialize in hydro grass technologies. Do your research and find out the experience of the hydroseeding contractor. What do past clients say about them? Do they have an extensive portfolio of previous works done?
Hydroseeding can quickly increase vegetative cover on your office lawn and prevent soil erosion. Avoiding these seven mistakes can ensure that your project is successful. For more information on the advantages of hydroseeding and pitfalls to look out for, please contact Hydrograss Technologies.