As of April 15th temperatures still struggle to climb for optimal germination. We have started hydro seeding with a reminder to our customers to be patient with slow germination due to the cool soil temps.
At this time we have not started any lawn renovations or new lawn construction due to inclement weather and the availability of dry topsoil. We are hoping the second half of April conditions will improve so we can get some work done. For the first half of April we have been spraying new lawns for customers that have had new septic systems installed and projects where suitable soil was prepared for us.
Always Green is a Hydro Seeding Specialist which means we only install new lawns. 90% of our work is applying hydro seed to your bare soil that was prepared by you or another contractor. 10% of our work is full lawn renovations or new lawn construction.
At this time we are only offering hydro seeding for your prepared soil. We are fully booked up this spring for the small percentage of renovation and new lawn construction work we offer.
Always Green is owner operated and our priority is to be available within a 1-3 day notice to deliver and apply hydro seed to your prepared site. You would prepare your site the same way as if you were rolling out sod with special attention to the top 1-2″ of soil being soft and loose. You should be able to poke your index finger in the soil and cover your first knuckle with ease. This will assure good seed too soil contact and an even application.
Another common question we need to clarify is (our hydro seed) needs to be applied to bare soil. It is not good practice to apply hydroseed on top of an existing lawn unless it is very sparse and there will still be good seed to soil contact.
Please call if you have any questions. I return most calls by the same evening except on holidays weekends.
With the warmer weather this February we may have an early start this spring. Hydro seeding may begin as early as the middle of March.
We ask our customers to be patient with germination in the spring while the soil temperature come back up into the 50’s. Grass seed needs soil temperature to be at least 50° for germination to start. Here is a soil temperature map for our region.
Get a free estimate now for a spring hydro seed application.
You can always get a quote for next spring.
You are standing in front of the grass seed shelf and looking confused. There is a big difference in price. If there ever was truth to the statement “you get what you pay for” it is certainly true when buying grass seed. Cheap seed often is contaminated with seeds from the tough to control grassy weeds because they are growing in the field alongside the good grass plants when the farmer harvests the grass seed. The grass seed farmer has to decide whether to go to the extra expense of getting rid of these weeds or to sell his seed for less because of the weed seed contamination.
Always Green pays our supplier top dollar to get weed-free seed. The better grass seed varieties also cost more because those in the know, like professional turf managers, are willing to pay more to get better varieties because they will have fewer problems. Cheap seed is going to cost you more in the long run: difficult to control weeds and grass varieties that struggle to produce a top rate lawn.
We use only the top performers on the NTEP trials. Aside from just grass seed we only use 100% wood fiber hydraulic mulch which is far superior than paper. Our fertilizer has a polyon coating making it last longer and perform better, used by prestigious golf courses. Moisture retainers will help keep your seedbed wet longer, herbicides will keep weeds away while your new lawn is growing in. These are just a few examples of why you just do not choose any company to hydroseed your dream lawn.
Always Green has been specializing in Hydroseeding for the past 13 years. We have built our reputation on research & development and customer satisfaction.
When we Hydro Seed your lawn we leave you with a care guide and verbal instructions on how to successfully grow in your new lawn. Occasionally we do get call backs with potential problems that need to be corrected. In most of these cases the care guide was either lost or not followed.
For the past 13 years we have never had to re-seed a lawn due to product failure or workmanship which our guarantee covers. In every instance it was a step that was not done at all or done correctly. Once we have been notified of a potential problem the issue is usually resolved by reminding the customer of what the care guide instructed.
Here are the 3 most common missed steps that will result in a call back.
#1: Keep your seeds moist. If your seed dries out you are adding days even weeks on to the germination cycle. Some areas will dry out quicker than others depending on sun exposure. If you can still see seed and mulch these areas need to be watered more frequently. This may require you to water them by hand with a nozzle on the hose more often. It will take a full 3-4 weeks until all the seeds in the mix germinate.
#2: Your lawn will require a turf building fertilizer or a high nitrogen fertilizer within 4 weeks after we hydroseeded. We use a high phosphorus fertilizer in our mix which mostly goes to root development. Once you have roots, now you want top growth and color. If this step is missed your lawn will look thin and spotty, little growth and poor color. If you are not sure what to use or how to apply it we highly recommend hiring a licensed lawn care professional to take care of your new lawn.
#3: Mowing your lawn with a sharp blade as soon as the first blades of new grass reach 3 inches. Even though all of the grass has not reached 3″ it is still important to start mowing to promote new growth and lateral spread to fill in any “spotty” and thin areas. Your lawn will need to be mowed at least 3 times before it will look lush and full.
See illustrations below of a lawn that was not fertilized vs a lawn that was fertilized within 4 weeks of hydroseed application.
THIS LAWN WAS NEVER FERTILIZED.
THIS LAWN WAS FERTILIZED.
What if I told you that I could plant a lawn just about anywhere and with minimal care it would look better than sod within a year? It’s true! Sod costs more than hydroseed and may not be as adaptable as our growing process. It all starts with choosing the right seeds. Our grass seed will produce turf that will do very well in most locations. You can expect deeper roots, a darker green appearance, more drought tolerance, shade tolerant, withstand heavy foot traffic, more disease resistant and best of all uses less water and fertilizer.
When we hydroseed we have the ability to use soil enhancers to provide an ideal growing environment for your new lawn. We have the ability to control weeds, improve soil pH, prevent lawn damaging insects, provide bio stimulants for a stronger root mass, disease resistance and many other benefits. Moisture retainers can be used to keep your seeds moist longer for faster germination.
You will have a healthier lawn that has grown in its own environment and not have to worry about if the sod will “take”.
Once we have hydro seeded your lawn we can assure you our application is even and consistent. All of our hydro seed applications include a tackifier which will bond the seed and mulch to the soil. A minimum of 2″ of the top layer of soil needs to be loose for the bond to be successful. A good way to see if your soil is ready for this application is to stick your index finger into the soil that we will be spraying, you should be able to go up to your second knuckle with ease. If this is not the case it is much more difficult to make an even application. We have to take a different approach and have the hydro seed rain down and fall as evenly as possible. This is not the best way to do it because the seed is only sitting on top and this makes it vulnerable to move around with heavy rains resulting in spotty results. It also makes it very difficult for the roots to penetrate and establish in the compacted soil. If it rains on your soil before we can hydro seed it you will need to rough rake the area again to put texture back in the soil.
A care guide is provided when we install your lawn. This is your Bible, don’t loose it. If you need another one you can find them in the care section on our website. We can not stress enough to divert all gutter downspouts away from seeded areas until all of the seed has germinated and roots are established. Enough tacking agent is used to bond the hydroseed to the soil to withstand moderate rainfall vertically. If substantial amounts of water are coming from other areas horizontally such from gutters, sloped driveways and streets this is called sheet flow. This will most likely erode the hydroseed and soil. It is strongly advised to recognize this potential and take necessary steps to minimize this from happening.
The most common reason why we get call backs is due to the simple fact that the lawn
Lawn that is starving for fertilizer.
did not get fertilized within the first month. This will cause the lawn to loose its color from a dark green to a pale yellow. This will also cause your lawn to stop growing and look very thin. When your lawn is planted we use enough starter fertilizer to get your roots developed and some top growth. It is necessary to use a high nitrogen fertilizer within 4 weeks to continue the growth and make your lawn dark green and lush. Any thin areas will continue to fill in once there is enough fertilizer to produce daughter plants and rhizomes. Be Patient, it takes 14 months to harvest turf grown on a sod farm before it can be sold. Your lawn is no different. Your lawn will look much better the following season. We always recommend hiring a licensed lawn care company to help you establish your new lawn. Ask us for details.
Finally we want you to know that we want your lawn to be a success as much as you do. The end result reflects on us so we hope you follow our care guide and do your part to establish a beautiful lawn. If you ever have any questions we encourage a phone call so any issues can be remedied as quickly as possible.