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A New Dawn for Your Lawn: After-Hydroseeding Care Guide

Updated: May 15

Congratulations! Your lawn has been hydroseeded, a critical step towards achieving the lush, green space you've dreamed of. But the journey doesn't end here. To help you navigate this crucial period, we're here to ensure your newly seeded lawn transforms into a backyard paradise.

Newly hydroseeded lawn

1. The Waiting Game: Watering Your New Lawn The first 24 hours after hydroseeding are critical; refrain from watering to allow the glue in the seed mixture to set properly. Post this brief wait, your lawn's watering needs become paramount. Unlike established lawns, your new turf requires frequent, short watering sessions. Aim for three times a day during warmer seasons, adjusting for weather and soil moisture levels. However, avoid over-watering; standing water can be detrimental. If you notice your lawn turning brown, don't panic! It's likely due to sun bleaching and an indicator that your lawn is thirsty for more frequent watering.

Irrigation for lawn

2. Fertilizer: The Nutrient Boost Your hydroseeded lawn has been treated with slow-release fertilizer, but it will need another round four weeks post-application. Opt for a lawn starter fertilizer, preferably applied with a broadcast spreader for even distribution. Avoid using a drop spreader to prevent uneven nutrient distribution.

3. Traffic Control: Keeping Off the Grass Resist the urge to tread on your new lawn for at least five weeks. This includes children and pets. The young grass is vulnerable and can be easily uprooted or damaged. When moving sprinklers or walking across the lawn, be mindful not to step in the same spot repeatedly.

4. The First Cut: Mowing Your Lawn Patience is key before the first mow. Wait until your grass reaches 3 to 3.5 inches tall. Remember, the roots are still delicate, so ensure your mower blades are sharp to avoid yanking the grass out. Never remove more than one-third of the grass height in a single mow to avoid shocking the lawn.

Mowing new lawn

5. Weed Management: Timing is Everything It's tempting to tackle weeds early, but wait until you've mowed your lawn six times before addressing unwanted guests. Premature weed removal can harm your young lawn. Patience will lead to a healthier, weed-resistant turf in the long run.

6. Dealing with pH Imbalances: Lime Treatment A yellowing, limp lawn might indicate acidic soil conditions, which also affect fertilizer effectiveness. If your lawn continues to look unhealthy despite regular fertilization, consider testing the soil pH. Applying lime can correct acidic soil conditions, ensuring your lawn utilizes nutrients efficiently. Apply lime in a criss-cross pattern to ensure thorough coverage.

Established hydroseeded lawn

Embrace the Journey Cultivating a lush lawn from hydroseed requires diligence, patience, and adherence to proper aftercare. By following these guidelines, you'll set the stage for a healthy, vibrant lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood. Remember, every lawn has its unique growth rate and characteristics; embracing this journey with care and attention will lead to rewarding results.

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