Sewing dry grass seed is cheap but yields spotty results. Sod is expensive and sometimes shows unsightly seams, and both methods are labor intensive. Hydroseeding is the only lawn installation method that is efficient and effective, both in cost and function.
It is important to understand what you’re getting yourself into before you decide on how you’re going to plant your lawn. Whether you decide to DIY or hire professional hydroseeding services, here is everything you need to know about hydroseeding as a lawn installation option.
What is hydroseeding and why is it better than the alternatives?
Hydroseeding is a method of seed distribution and germination that involves spraying a wet mulch containing the grass seed across the bare-dirt area where you want your lawn to be.
The benefits of hydroseeding, as opposed to dry seeding or sod-laying, are that
- You have the freedom to custom-select your seed blend to suit your location
- Hydroseeding makes lawn installation easy since machinery does the heavy lifting
- And your lawn will look lusher and more even than with any other method.
What is the hydroseeding process and which supplies will I need?
- Hydroseed blend
- Hand tools (rake and shovel)
You can purchase a hydroseed blend from your local landscaping supply store. If you plan to contract a professional installation, the hydroseeding company you choose will provide the blend. Research the best kinds of grass seed for your climate and location to guide your decision.
Since hydroseeding equipment is expensive to purchase, hydroseeders are available to rent for DIY projects. Topsoil, compost, and hand tools can easily be sourced at any garden or landscaping supply store.
- Choose the right seed mix for your lawn.
- Test your soil to ensure that the native PH balance matches the growth needs of the grass seeds you’ve selected.
- Remove debris from the area to be planted with hand tools.
- Grade the ground. Use hand tools or rent a tractor for soil grading.
- Distribute topsoil by hand or with a tractor.
- Grade the soil again. Starting with a smooth surface makes for better end results.
- Load the hydroseeder. Add your seed blend and turn on the machine.
- Spray the area thoroughly, and as evenly as possible.
- Keep your new lawn green! Water two to three times a day for the first month and avoid allowing foot traffic on the lawn for the first several months after installation.
Should you hydroseed your lawn?
Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire professionals, installing your lawn with hydroseeding is a great option for you if your lawn is large or contains sloped areas.