8 Common Hydroseeding Questions Answered.

Here we take a look at 8 of the most asked hydroseeding questions.

1. When was Hydroseeding invented?

Originating back to the USA in the 1940s, Maurice Mandell from the Connecticut Highway Department discovered that by mixing seed and water together, the resulting mulch could be spread and sprayed over the steep and otherwise inaccessible slopes of the Connecticut expressways.

2. Is Hydroseeding more cost-effective than sod?


Sod is mature lawn grass that’s harvested on a farm and planted in a new location and offers immediate results with a finished lush look. However this ready made product is very expensive.

When hydroseeding is applied it can take over a month for the lawn to come in (depending on the elements and weather).

However, if you have the patience and you are willing to nurse a hydroseeded lawn, this is far more cost effective!

3. Can Hydroseeding be used in the cold?

Summer heat will help grass germinate and grow faster, but you’ll likely have to water more often. It’s not recommended to hydroseed in winter because the grass usually is dormant and will not germinate until the weather warms.

4. Is Hydroseeding best suited to smaller intricate areas?

Hydroseeding is used for large areas, slopes, and erosion control as it is easy to apply and saves time and money. Most hydroseeding machinery can cover up to 3,500 square feet or more.

5. Does it takes a lot of water to maintain a hydroseed lawn?

In the early stages, the seedbed of a hydroseeded lawn must be kept moist and requires some TLC labour. However, by week five, the grass will need the usual amount of water.

6. How do I know where the seeds have been planted when using Hydroseeding?

The mulch used for hydroseeding contains a distinctive dye, meaning that the spreader knows immediately which areas are covered by the slurry mixture, and which aren’t – ensuring 100% coverage.

7. Who sells hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding is best left to professionals who have access to the correct equipment. There are many Hydroseeding contractors in the UK including the award winning Oliver Brown Ltd.

8. How long does hydroseeding take?

Depending on the climate, watering, and seed mixture, hydroseed lawns typically begin to sprout within 5-7 days. If you continue with proper maintenance (starter fertilizer applied 3 times every 3-4 weeks) and don’t experience any extreme weather conditions, your lawn will reach 3 inches long within a month.


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