In most areas, hydroseeding can be done in the spring, fall and summer.
After a lawn has been hydroseeded, water it lightly for three to four weeks,
keeping the surface moist. In addition to preserving moisture, the mulch in
the hydroseed mix will help prevent erosion and runoff. However, heavy rain
or sloped areas can cause the seed, chemicals and silt to wash onto sidewalks
and into sewer systems. In most cases the grass will be ready to mow in three
to four weeks. Keep traffic low for two to four months after the lawn is
established, and avoid normal to high use until the lawn has had a year to
New Sod Care
After your sod has been installed and rolled to insure
proper contact with the soil, it must be watered. Correct
watering is the key to having a good lawn from sod. For
at least 7-10 days after installation the new sod must
be watered frequently to keep it moist at all times. Be
sure that the water penetrates the soil to a depth of
at least 6 inches. Under hot, dry and windy conditions
it may be necessary to sprinkle the new sod several times
a day to avoid wilt and damage. For best results, stay
off the lawn for the first 10 days. Your first mowing
will occur after 2 weeks. Fertilize approximately one
month after installation. (See sections on mowing and
Your new sod should be watered at least twice a day (15
min. per zone with sprinkler system) for first two weeks.
We recommend installing a sprinkler system if you are
planning on sodding your entire yard. It is pretty much
impossible to keep up with the watering requirements moving
a garden hose around. Remember to water thoroughly each
time and allow the lawn to moderately dry out between
watering intervals. For best results, always water during
the morning hours. If areas of your lawn appears to wilt
or dry out water immediately and more frequently.
Wait two weeks before mowing your new sod. Then, mow your
sod on a weekly basis at a height of 2"-3". For best results
use a rotary mower with a sharp blade. Never scalp or
remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade top growth in
one mowing. Always collect and remove grass clippings.
A regular fertilizing program will help insure that your lawn remains strong, vigorous and attractive. lawn should be fertilized every 4-6 weeks with a quality lawn fertilizer. Check with your local nursery or garden center for the proper fertilizer to meet your needs.
If it becomes necessary to use chemical weed controls, use extreme caution to avoid damaging your lawn. Consult with your local nurseryman before using any herbicides and always follow labeled directions carefully.
Most insects that damage lawns can be controlled with routine applications of insecticides at the manufacturer's recommended rate. Be sure to consult your nurseryman regarding the proper use of an insecticide.
When new sod is properly maintained it is less likely to be affected by common disease problems. If a disease problem is suspected, contact your local nursery or garden center for the proper disease control products.