Congratulations, you've just had your lawn hydro-seeded! Now it's time for you to grow your new turf by following the steps below:
Proper watering of your Hydro-seeded lawn is essential for germination and starting your lawn off correctly. It is critical to follow these watering instructions.
• Water frequently enough to keep moisture in the soil. Depending on weather, temperature and soil type, your lawn may need to be watered several times per day. Cool, damp days may only need one watering per day whereas hot summer days may need watering 3-4 times per day. It may be helpful to use an electronic water timer if no one is home during the day.
• Too little water slows the establishment of the grass. If the seed starts to germinate and is allowed to dry out, the seedlings can die.
• Too much water can cause puddling and washouts. Once germinated, too much water can cause the grass seedlings to have a weak root system (due to not enough oxygen being supplied to the roots). This slows establishment and can result in a sparse lawn.
• After the first or second mowing, reduce the frequency of watering to 1-3 times per week, depending on weather conditions. Watering less frequently and for a longer period of time promotes deeper rooting.
• The seed should germinate in 5-10 days under optimum conditions. Under adverse conditions it may take 14-21 days to germinate.
• Your new lawn should be mowed when the grass blades are 2” to 3” high. This is usually about 4-6 weeks after seeding. Mow to a height of 1 ½” to 2”.
• A good rule of thumb is to never mow off more than one third of the height of the grass in any one mowing. Should the grass get too tall before it is mowed, raise the mower cutting height and work back down to the proper height over the next couple mowings.
• Mow frequently. Mowing encourages the formation of tillers (branching out at the base of the plant). Increased tillering means your lawn fills in more quickly.
• Be careful when mowing a newly seeded lawn. Keep your mower blades sharp for a clean cut. Set the mower at a slower speed to reduce the chance of pulling or “sucking up” seedlings.
• Your new lawn has been Hydro-seeded with a starter fertilizer.
• Once your lawn is established, follow a fertilizer maintenance program. Fertilize 4-6 times per year.
Keep people and pet traffic to a minimum until the lawn is established enough to be mowed a few times.