How To Care for Your New Hydroseed Lawn
The success of your newly hydroseeded lawn will depend greatly on your commitment to follow these steps:
Download the PDF guide or see the key steps below to help you prepare:
Step 1: Watering
After your new seed has set for 24 hours, it is time to water your lawn. We recommend watering your lawn in the early morning and late afternoon or early evening hours in order to avoid the high heat of mid-day. You will want to ensure that the bed mulch is kept moist, without overwatering. If you see puddling, stop watering. During the first 2-3 weeks, your lawn needs to stay as moist as possible, so maintain this watering schedule until your grass begins to germinate.
Step 2: Fertilizing
Willowlee Sod includes fertilizer in the spray when hydroseeding. The plant will use this initial fertilizer for the first 4 to 5 weeks. After that time, you will need to fertilize again using a high nitrogen fertilizer.
Tip: When buying fertilizer, the first of the 3 numbers on the bag indicate nitrogen.
Continue to fertilize every 6-8 weeks. Click here to order your fertilizer.
Step 3: Weeding
Weed growth is expected in your newly hydroseeded lawn. Weeds like hot and dry weather and will grow faster than the grass seed. Keep weeds trimmed with your mower by setting your mower at its highest setting. It is important that you do this before the weeds go to seed, because as the grass thickens, it will choke out the weeds.
Step 4: Mowing
Once your grass is approximately 3 inches, it is time for its first mowing. Make sure your mower blades are sharp. Dull blades can tear the new blade of grass and cause stress or disease, and can kill the new plant. When mowing, make sure you never take more than ¼ of an inch off the new blade of grass, and don’t collect the clippings. Let the clippings biodegrade within the new turf to help feed the soil and accelerate plant development. Set the mower blade high at the first and then gradually lower the blade height as the lawn fills in and thickens.