Insight To Help You Install And Maintain A Lush And Healthy Lawn

A green, lush lawn in your yard helps create a cool outdoor area during the heat of summer and, along with other vegetation, can help keep your home cool. When you are installing your yard's landscaping and want to install a lawn, there are several ways you can accomplish this. A successful method to install a lawn when you are working with a limited budget is with hydroseeding. Here is some insight to help you successfully take care of your newly-growing hydroseed lawn and help it become established and mature for you to enjoy for many years. 

Installation of Your Lawn

Hydroseeding is a more optimal method to plant new lawn in your yard, as you are not simply sprinkling loose grass seeds over the soil's surface of your yard. Wind and rain can cause grass seed to blow and rinse away, causing bare spots to appear in your newly-growing lawn. Hydroseeding is also a less-expensive option as compared to sod installation, so it is a good idea when you have limited funds. 

Your soil will need to be smoothed level, and you will need to remove any weed or other type of vegetation growth. Be sure any roof drainage is diverted well clear of your lawn's site so the hydroseed mixture is not washed from the soil during a rainstorm. The hydroseeding professionals you hire will spray a slurry of lawn seeds combined with water, fertilizer, wood mulch or cellulose fiber, and soil treatment agents over the soil to help the seedlings successfully grow. The slurry is usually tinted a green color so they can make sure it is sprayed in an even coating. 

Nurture Your Newly-Growing Sprouts

After the hydroseed application is completed, it is necessary for you to keep the seeds moist continually for the first two weeks to make sure the seeds germinate and begin sprouting. Any time you allow them to dry out, it can kill the seedlings, and they will need to be replaced with new lawn seeds. Water your hydroseeding lightly two to three times each day for the first two weeks. On the third and fourth weeks, you can reduce the waterings to one or two sessions each day. Don't over-water during these times, which can cause water to puddle over the hydroseeding site. 

It is also important to not walk over your newly-growing lawn, as it can damage its growth and cause bare spots to appear. Don't allow any children or pets to play on the area at least for the first two to three weeks. You may want to keep all foot traffic off your lawn entirely until it has sprouted and growth thickly enough to withstand it. You can begin mowing your lawn once it grows to three inches in length, but be sure to remove no more than one-third of its length during the first several mowings.

Maintenance of a Healthy and Mature Lawn

Once your lawn has become established, you should water your lawn to help it establish a healthy and deep root system. The way to accomplish this is to water your lawn less frequently for a longer duration each watering. Most lawns need approximately one inch of water each week to remain healthy, unless you are experiencing extreme heat and you will need to increase the waterings slightly. 

To make sure you are providing one inch of water to your lawn each week, place an empty tuna can in the lawn while the sprinklers are running. Measure the water in the can periodically to see how much water accumulates. If the can accumulates one-half an inch in 30 minutes, for example, you know you will need to water your lawn a total of one hour each week. 

It is best to mow your lawn during the evening to prevent excessive stress on your lawn. Then, your lawn will have time overnight to recover from the mowing. Mowing in the morning when your lawn can be slightly wet with dew can cause the mower blades to tear your lawn up from the soil. Mowing during the heat of the afternoon can put excessive stress on your lawn during the heat of the day and expose its roots to the sun's heat. 

Use these tips to help you grow, establish, and maintain a healthy lawn. For more information, contact local professionals like Bark Blowers & Hydroseeding Inc.