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New Lawn Care Guide

In order to ensure your lawn is properly taken care of, our team has put together a Hydroseed Care Sheet with step-by-step guidance on how to properly maintain your new lawn.

Lawn Care Guide

Step 1: Watering

  • After the lawn is first Hydroseeded, allow the mulch to dry before watering. (Usually dry within 6-8 hours or by the next day.) This allows the mulch mat to cure.
     

  • Hydroseeded areas should be watered twice daily, optimum is three times per day, in the morning and mid-afternoon and kept moist for 14 to 21 days to ensure optimum germination. Example times (6am, 10am & 2pm) ***As the lawn matures the goal will be to reduce frequency of watering and increase length of watering cycle. **Speak with your lawn care expert for watering details.
     

  •  **In early Spring, late fall or in cooler weather please note if the hydroseed is extremely soggy in certain areas between watering sessions. This may require shortening the watering periods of those areas. DO NOT OVERWATER.
     

  • **During humid weather, extra care must be taken to not allow the seed to remain wet for extended periods as this can promote fungus. This may require cutting watering back to 1-2 times per day (possibly 10am & 2pm) and allowing areas to completely dry out between watering. Dry before sunset is important.
     

  • Skip days with substantial rain.
     

  • Watering in the evening should be avoided to prevent lawn fungus if possible.
     

  • When watering, do not over-water to the point that puddles are formed or run-off occurs.
     

  • Mow grass when height reaches 3 inches with sharp blades.
     

  • Set mower to cut at 2-2.5 inches so as not to burn the new grass by cutting too close to the ground, especially in hot weather. Leave grass longer for the first season to allow for root system to become established. Never mow more than 1/3 of the blade of grass.

Step 2: Fertilizer and Weed Control

  • When your hydroseed is applied, it contains started fertilizer to maintain the new lawn for 3 to 4 weeks.

  • When your hydroseed is applied, it contains starter fertilizer to maintain the new lawn for approximately 3-4 weeks. Contact your lawn care professional and let them know when the lawn was sprayed or:
     

  •  At the 3rd or 4th week, apply a starter fertilizer according to directions on bag for application rates. An example of a fertilizer would be 18-24-12 starter with 25% slow release. Or a balanced 19-19-19 would also work. Fertilizer should be applied before the end of week 4 so the lawn will not struggle for lack of nutrients.
     

  • After another 3 to 4 weeks, basic lawn food should be applied.
     

  • Apply lime in the fall. No weed control in fertilizer is recommended for the first year. Spot weed with a product such as “Weed be Gone”.
     

  • After lawn is established follow a multi-step yearly fertilizer/weed control program or use a professional lawn care company. 
     

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