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DIY Hydroseeding | Complete Guide

Have you ever tried DIY hydroseeding? This is one of the most popular techniques lately when it comes to grass plantation. It has gained so much popularity and recognition that is slowly replacing the traditional methods of sod application and hand seeding.

If you are looking for a cost-efficient, high-quality and fast method, hydroseeding may be just the right one for you. 


DIY Hydroseeding Complete Guide

What is Hydroseeding?

Result of a hydroseeded lawn

It’s usually used to plant grass on large areas such as sports grounds, commercial areas, residential lawns, parks, hilly regions, slopes and even yards no matter how big or small they are.

A seed mixture and water are inserted in a hydroseeding tank and the mixture is applied under pressure. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for the grass to start sprouting and in the best scenarios you can spot it even in a week. 

If you are wondering whether to give it a try, you should definitely consider all of the pros and cons of hydroseeding.

Inform yourselves about the cost, benefits, techniques and of course mistakes that you would like to avoid. If you read more, you will find out some tips that may be pretty useful to you. 

Different Types of Hydroseeding

Hydroseeding is great since you can have a choice on the type of slurry and seeds you are applying. Think about the place that you are seeding and whether it has mostly shady or sunny areas, whether it’s hard to mow or you want to create a “wow” effect in your front yard.

The climate in your area is another important thing that you should take in consideration before making the decision. There are different types of seed that don’t succeed everywhere. 

The Right Time to Hydroseed

If you have decided to try this method, you should be careful that you do it at the beginning of springs or falls. During these periods of the year the climate is moderate and it’s the perfect time for seeds to grow.

Your grass will be well established and will have grown stronger right in time for the harsh winter or scorching summer temperatures. 

DIY Hydroseeding

DIY Hydroseeding by a man on his lawn

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While this method certainly requires some equipment and expertise, you can still do it on your own. Go to the nearby local hardware store and look for a DIY hydroseeding kit

It should include an easy-spray canister and a seed mixture but remember that you can always do it yourselves if you want to use another custom mixture.

The key to a successful hydroseeding is the right information. Ask someone who knows or do a research to find out which are the ingredients that you should use for your mixture.

Do a soil test

It doesn’t really matter whether it is diy hydroseeding or a professional is doing it, both needs to do a soil test. If this step is skipped, hydroseeding can go wrong in so many directions. It’s really important that you know the pH and toxicity levels of the ground.

Some spots aren’t ideal for this type of seeding, so if your test says that you can do it, go for it and get it done. 

Preparing Your Lawn

Make sure that there isn’t any debris and you have pulled all the weed when you start hydroseeding. 

Things to Do After DIY Hydroseeding Lawn

Hydro mousse liquid lawn system used in DIY hydroseeding

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Yes, the job is not done immediately, and it requires some extra attention and work. After you have distributed the mixture you will have to keep the soil constantly wet for at least 2 weeks.

This means that you should water it even a few times a day. The best way to do it is to install sprinklers that will keep the ground moist and will help you avoid overwatering.

You should also keep in mind that you water it early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Pay close attention to the weather forecast in order to know how to adjust the watering.

If this looks complicated to you, opt to do the hydroseeding in spring when showers are likely to occur more often.

Get yourselves ready for the first mow

This will usually happen in two weeks after you have done the hydroseeding. The grass should be 4-5 inches before you reach for the mower. Sharpen the blade and use a mower with a bag to collect the grass. 

Wrapping Up DIY Hydroseeding | Complete Guide

These are the few basic things that you should know about hydroseeding before you actually give it a try. Creating a green and beautiful lawn is not hard when you know the right tips and tricks and when you have informed yourselves about possible mistakes that can happen during the procedure. 

That is everything you need to know about DIY hydroseeding. If you are not feeling comfortable or confident about this don’t hesitate and hire a professional who will do the job for you.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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