Better than Turf

DSC_6076What 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”.

Most common mistakes you can make

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

Pale yellow 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.

We are getting ready!

With temperatures reaching 70 degrees this past week, it is a sure sign spring is coming. We have been busy this winter with educational seminars to keep us in compliance with DEM licensing requirements. Another area we focus on in the winter is Research and Development. We would not be “Always Green” if we did not keep up with the latest products available to give our customers the best lawn possible.

To learn more about the products we use visit: http://www.alwaysgreenri.com/always-green-difference/products.html

Another season nearing an end

As the nights get colder the soil temperatures are beginning to drop. Soil temperatures are still in the 50’s which means germination will continue for a few more weeks.

We will continue to hydroseed lawns with no guarantee of a full lawn going into the winter. A portion of the seed will germinate but the remainder will lay dormant for the winter and resume in the spring.

As soon as we run out of materials or the threat of our pump freezing on our machine we will call it quits until next April.

Spring Growing Season Ending June 15th.

Only a couple more weeks left to get your grass planted before the summer stress on lawns sets in. Always Green guarantees our hydroseed planted between April 1st – June 15th for the spring growing season and again from August 15th – October 15th for the fall growing season. In years past we would continue to hydroseed for those customers who choose to do so at their own risk. There are several reasons we discourage trying to establish a lawn during the summer months. One of the biggest reasons is that we plant lawns that are adapted to grow in temperatures ranging between around 60-80 degrees. Any temperature below 60° you will have little or no germination. Temperatures above 80° our native cool season lawns begin to show signs of stress. Weed, disease pressure and drought stress increases making it a challenge to establish a new lawn. You would need a lawn care professional to keep a close eye on your lawn and look for signs of stress. Too much water during times of high humidity can lead to serious fungus problems that can wipe out almost an entire new lawn overnight. This can also become very costly  to treat or prevent fungus. It can also be risky to try and control weeds if is too hot without burning the lawn.

Starting this year we have decided that we will not be hydroseeding between the middle of June to the middle of August going forward. We understand there are situations where seeding will be necessary but we have elected not to include ourselves to continue to provide a service that we believe may lead to failure. We have built our reputation on higher standards, better products and outstanding results. For this reason we will not put our name on a lawn that may lead to failure.

You may find other company’s that will still offer you this service but just be aware that they may not offer any guarantee and use grass seed and other products that may now give you the best lawn. A more costly and labor intensive option is rolling out sod. This requires a lot of water and may not always take to your soil.

Our recommendation is to wait it out if you can to get through the hot stressful summer on our lawns, especially a new lawn that will not be able to recover like an established lawn would. A re-seeding will more than likely be required which will cost you more money and labor to prepare the seedbed once again.

Feel free to Request A Quote on our website for the fall growing season. We will be returning phone calls and emails throughout the summer on a limited basis.