Did those torrential rains wash all your seeds away? Probably not. The good news is when we Hydroseed your lawn we are using 100% pure wood fiber mulch and a Tackifier (glue) that bonds the Hydro seed to the soil. Sometimes with heavy rains you will see a ripple effect in the green mulch layer kinda like what wind driven sand looks like on a beach. What has happened is the heavy rain has pushed your seed further into the soil and also has floated some seed and mulch from other areas to lower areas. So it may look like a complete loss but in reality if you wait and see what happens you will be amazed.
When we Hydro Seed a lawn we do everything we possibly can to make the seed adhere to the soil. It is very important that your soil is loose at the time of Hydro Seeding so we can aim our nozzle straight down and penetrate the seed into the soil. This will ensure there is a bond so nothing washes away. If the soil is compacted there is a good chance the seed will not stay and possibly wash away. After we drive the seed into the soil hydraulically we then stand back and let the hydro seed rain down onto the entire area to give it some top color. This seed and mulch kinda sits on top of everything but really isn’t hanging on. So if we get a torrential rain before it has a chance to germinate it will most likely pile up and look all rippled. We do not encourage adding more seed until all the seed has germinated. Too much seed can cause more problems. If no seed has germinated and you can see seed that has piled up, take the underside of a leaf rake and try to lightly disperse the seed evenly.
Nine out of ten times it looks worse than it actually is. Below I have posted some pictures of my own lawn when I seeded it. I was always told by other hydroseeding professionals to wait and see. Well unfortunately I had that opportunity on my own lawn. Just 8 days after hydro seeding we got about 2″ of rain in less than 3 hours. I thought I was going to have to re seed the entire lawn. I waited like they said and I couldn’t believe the results. So I always encourage my customers not to worry and be patient. There is nothing you or I can do to control Mother Nature, we can always add more seed later. In the rare instance that we have to come back to re-spray any washout areas we will only charge half of the square foot price or minimum cost originally charged. So if you paid $ .16 cents a Sq. Ft. we will only charge you $.08 cents a Sq. Ft. This will be calculated by how many gallons of hydroseed is used to make repairs. We just need to cover the cost of materials and fuel expenses.. our labor is free.
Other photos below show ruts in the dirt, these areas will need to be filled back in with loam before we can make repairs. Usually if loam is eroded away the seed went with it and repairs will be necessary.