Now that you’ve put in that new lawn you want to make sure it keeps looking great for as long as you own it. After hydroseeding you’re going to need to give it some tender loving care, particularly in the first week or two after installation to ensure maximum successful seed germination. Once your lawn grows in fuller you can adopt simple routine maintenance practices to preserve the health and aesthetic of your landscaping. We’ll walk you through some of the important steps you can take to keep your lawn looking great after your hydroseeding service has finished laying it down.
The First Couple of Weeks
This is the most crucial time for caring for your lawn after hydroseeding. Your new seeds need to germinate properly, so you must water the lawn twice a day, especially if the weather is warm. Maintaining high levels of moisture is the most effective way to ensure that the lawn comes in lush and green. Watering it regularly will also keep the seeds from drying out and ruining your new grass. Repeat this process for the first month after installation. Don’t worry, you can walk on it, but try not to dismantle the mulch mat as you step. Erosion control and stormwater management are important here as you want the lawn moist but not so wet that it washes away the seeds.
Fertilizing the New Lawn
Once a month has passed, you can begin fertilizing the lawn. Most hydroseeding services use high phosphorous to get good root growth started on your lawn. These services usually suggest a nitrogen-based fertilizer to continue proper care of the grass. Your contractor probably gave you some suggestions, but you can discuss your fertilizing options with any dust palliative services or hydroseeding services near you. Be sure to look into weed killers and insect repellent to care for your lawn as well.
Mowing Your Lawn
Hydroseeding services suggest you don’t start to mow the lawn until the blades reach 3″ tall. Once you begin the mowing process, the lawn will continue to grow and become thicker throughout. When you take out the mower, set the blades high at first and then lower them the more you mow. Be careful, however, not to trim any lower than one-third of the height of the top growth. As the lawn grows, you want to keep in mind that the shorter you cut it, the more you’ll need to keep cutting it in order to keep it robust and lively.