HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEWLY HYDRO-SEEDED AREA
*Note: We HIGHLY recommend the use of a sprinkler system for the watering of your new lawn. Hand watering is an ineffective method of watering your lawn, as it is nearly impossible to evenly cover the areas that have been hydro-seeded. The lack of an "even cover" of water on your lawn can lead to delayed and uneven germination. *
Week 1: Keep your new lawn moist at all times.
Schedule: 3-4 times per day, every day.
Key Point: Frequent, light watering. Avoid puddling and run off.
Week 2: Reduce Frequency, increase duration.
Schedule: 1-2 times per day, every day.
Week 3: Develop root mass and depth by watering heavily
Schedule: 1 time a day, 3 times per week. Example: Water heavily on a Monday, then again on Thursday.
Key Point: You are nearing your first mowing. Heavy watering forces the root system to "chase" the water down into the soil structure, developing root length.
Special Point: Even with heavy watering, AVOID PUDDLING AND RUNOFF.
Week 4: Water 1 time a day, 1-2 times per week
Key Point: During summer "drought" periods, your lawn needs between .75" and 1" of water per week.
Remember to consider the weather when watering! Cooler, over cast days will require less water than hot, windy days. Make sure to turn off irrigation when it rains and help to conserve our water resources! Consistent rainfall will eliminate the need for watering your lawn yourself.
Fertilizing your new lawn
You will need to fertilize 5 - 6 weeks from the date of application. Use a good "turf
builder" type fertilizer with iron and trace elements. Then, make sure to fertilize your lawn on a seasonal schedule.
A helpful note in remembering when to fertilize: "Spring Green- Up", "Summer Green", and "Fall and Winter Evergreen".
As a basic rule, fertilize 3 - 4 times per year. Straight perennial ryegrass seed blends could require six to eight feedings per year.
DO NOT USE WEED AND FEED FERTIILIZER FOR SIX MONTHS FROM DATE OF APPLICATION.
Mow your new lawn when it reaches a height of 3 inches, then cut your grass to a height of 2 inches. Make sure that mower blade is sharp!
It is always best to not cut more than one third of the leaf at each mowing- it reduces "plant stress" and promotes healthy leaves. If weeds appear in your established lawn as a result of weed seed in your soil, weekly mowing for a month to height of 1.5 inches should kill many of them. For stubborn weeds, use a hand tool or a selective herbicide. Always follow instructions for rates of application and product safetey requirements.