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Hydroseeding, Broadcast Seeding, or Sod?

Most homeowners who tend regularly to their lawn and garden want a healthy and aesthetically pleasing landscape. Our customers often seek out our help in regard to making their lawn full, green, and healthy. They often ask what method will best create the look they are hoping for: hydroseeding, sod, or broadcast seeding? Since each method has advantages and disadvantages, here is a quick breakdown to help you decide which method is right for you.

 

  • Budget – Deciding on which method to use to create a healthy lawn may come down to what the homeowner can afford. Sod tends to be the most expensive option, followed by hydroseeding, and then broadcast/hand seeding. What level of cost are you willing to meet to get the lawn you desire?
  • Germination Time – Sod is the quickest way to receive an instant lawn. Roll it out, water it, and voila! The hydroseeding procedure involves using a mixture or slurry of grass seed, wood-fiber mulch, fertilizer, and binding agents. These items help to speed up seed germination, which can take place sometimes within a week. Hand or broadcast seeding may take many weeks to even months to fully germinate and grow in. It may also need overseeding to get bare patches. How patient are you? Are you willing to wait for the perfect lawn or do you want it immediately?
  • Time of Year – When a homeowner wants the perfect the lawn, timing is a key component on which option to pick. For example, sod can be installed at anytime in the spring, summer, or fall. It just needs watering and some care so the seams do not shrink and become visible. Hydroseeding is best done from late spring to early fall. The best time to broadcast seed is in the fall, followed by summer, and then spring, respectively.
  • Other Thoughts – If your yard is large or has areas where erosion is common hydroseeding may be a good choice as it can stop the erosion while not costing an arm and leg, like sod would.

 

Do you need help getting your lawn to look fantastic? Having trouble deciding which option is best for your property? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

Hydroseeding 101

It’s that time of year when “green thumbs” and lawn novices alike are looking forward to the pleasing look of freshly mowed grass. But what if pests, weeds, and the harshness of the winter weather in New England has made your lawn look less-than-beautiful? There are several options to consider when thinking about repairing or replacing your lawn: sod, overseeding, and hydroseeding. At Pro-Tech Lawn Care we offer homeowners a fast, economical option of hydroseeding to jump start that lush look you are aiming for this spring. Here are some Hydroseeding 101 basics to help get you started.

 

What is Hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding is a process where a mixture or “slurry” of seeds, fertilizer, and mulch is sprayed on the ground to establish a lawn quickly and effectively. The slurry is transported in a truck and the application is fairly simple once the area has been prepared.

 

What are the Benefits of Hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding is an alternative to the time consuming, more traditional method of scattering or sowing dry seed into the ground. It is also a more cost effective choice than laying sod.

 

Hydroseeding:

  • Allows for better coverage in less time.
  • Liquid seeds are evenly spread across a broad area with a lot less effort.
  • Works great at erosion control.
  • Grass begins growing quickly – in as little as 5-7 days.
  • Provides better quality grass. Sod has had its roots cut off and handheld seeding can be unevenly distributed.

 

Find out more about hydroseeding for your lawn this spring. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

 

Grass Types and the New England Climate

If someone asks you what type of grass you have growing in your lawn and your answer is “green,” then you may want to do a little research to find out what type of grass you have and how to care for each type. Different types of grass grow best according to certain factors such as: climate, shade, soil moisture level and environment in your specific yard. Let’s take a look at grass types and how to care for each.

New England is known for its picturesque landscape and changing climates. Due to factors such as rocky soil, freezing cold winters, sweltering hot summers, and everything in between, choosing a grass seed that is appropriate and will grow well can be a challenge. Here are three types that may do well in your yard. Check out the characteristics and qualities to see if it may be right for your yard.

Perennial Ryegrass Characteristics

  • Has a medium-coarse texture
  • Fast growing usually within 5-7 days
  • Tends to not survive more than a few years without careful care and pest control techniques
  • Grows well in a wide variety of climates and is a popular choice for overseeding warm season grasses
  • Leaf undersides are shiny and smooth
  • Often blended with other grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass

Fescue Grass Characteristics

  • Comes in two types – tall and fine
  • Fine fescue is well suited for conditions of shade, low soil moisture, low fertility, and soils with unfavorable pH levels
  • With proper care, fine fescue can last for years without getting bare in spots
  • Often blended with other cool-season turf grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass and sometime ryegrass
  • Germinates in roughly 14-18 days, and will fill in “bald spots” in the lawn as it grows

Kentucky Bluegrass Characteristics

  • Quick-growing, hearty seed that germinates within 18-21 days
  • Great for filling in bare patches during the cool months
  • Fairly resistant to disease and wear
  • Areas that are damaged or high traffic areas can fill in on its own
  • Grows best in full sunlight, but mixing it with a fine fescue helps increase shade tolerance

Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care if you need help deciding what type of grass seed your property would do best with. Call us at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

 

Hydroseeding Benefits

Want your neighbors to be green with envy about your lush green lawn? Hydroseeding is a fast, cost effective way to create the lawn you have always desired. Pro-Tech Lawn Care has added this to our list of services in order to help your home or business stand out from the rest. Many of our customers report that they chose this method over sod or hand seeding because of the numerous advantages of hydroseeding. Compared to the cost of sod and the labor intensive method of hand seeding, hydroseeding has excellent benefits to make your lawn beautiful. Let’s take a closer look at hydroseeding benefits.

 

  • Cost – On average, hydroseeding cost about ¼ the price of sod, which may or may not take on your lawn. Sod in general is more expensive to buy and install, while hydroseeding is more budget friendly.
  • Quality – The slurry of seed mixture used in this method of seeding is high quality and can be seen by the green dye as it is applied. So there are no questions about where the seeds will take as is a common problem with rotary seeding or hand seeding.
  • Erosion Control – If your yard has any incline you may be concerned about the seeds washing away with rain or watering. With hydroseed, the mixture sticks to whatever surface it lands on. This guarantees your seeds will plant where you lay them, and offers immediate erosion control.
  • Speed of Germination – Traditional seeding methods take a long time and a significant amount of manpower.  Germination time will depend on the weather, the time of year, the amount of water, the area you live in and other factors.  Usually grass will be visible in 5-7 days, a few days slower in cold weather or the hottest part of summer. Compare this to hand or rotary seeding that could take up to three months to see a full thick lawn.
  • Healthier Grass – Rolling sod on your lawn may seem easy, however, the health of the grass may be in question. With sod, the roots of the grass are chopped off. This, too, is a contributing factor in how well the grass will “take”. Or not. Hydroseeded areas, on the other hand, work with the time-tested method of germination, where the blade grows up while the roots grow down.

 

If you are interested in hydroseeding, call Pro-Tech Lawn Care for an estimate and get started making your neighbors jealous!

Hydroseeding

Are you jealous of your neighbor’s lush, green lawn? Do you have bare spots, diseased areas or burnt patches? It is pretty common to feel like the “grass is always greener” when you are struggling with pests, irrigation or seeding issues of your own. Pro-Tech Lawn Care offers hydroseeding to get you started on the right path this spring and maybe reverse that feeling of grass envy!

Hydroseeding is a planting process that uses a slurry of seed and mulch. It is also called hydraulic mulch seeding, hydroseeding, or hydromulching. This method is becoming a popular option for planting lawns for both homeowners and those in charge of landscaping because it is effective and easy to apply.

The process of hydroseeding is fairly straightforward when done by professionals like our technicians at Pro-Tech Lawn Care. We prep the lawn, checking for disease and pests and then spray a special mixture onto an area of land that you want to plant on. When sprayed onto the ground, the mulch in the mixture forms a moist protective coating for the seeds, allowing them to germinate. This process is great for uneven areas, patchy growth, sloped lawns, and nutrient deprived soil. The growth is fast due to the nutrient boost given by the degrading mulch. Many homeowners see the first shoots in a week and can mow their lawn for the first time in less than a month. If you are interested in hydroseeding call Pro-Tech Lawn Care today at 603-382-9644.

Hydroseeding

Introducing one of our newest services – hydroseeding. Hydroseeding is a popular and effective method for starting a new lawn. This process includes combining seed, mulch, fertilizer, and healthy soil amendments with water to mix into form thick slurry. This slurry is applied with pressure to the surface for seed germination and turf development. Hydroseeding is a fast, cost effective, safe and healthy way to have a new lawn that will turn your neighbors green with envy. Let’s explore the advantages of hydroseeding for your lawn.

 

  • Cost Effective – Hydroseeding is the most economical choice for establishing the lawn desired without the expense, time consumption, material costs or installation demands of sodding or traditional hand seeding methods. Spreading your own seed may seem like it cost less but to get the same results of a thick, lush lawn would take you bags and bags or seed, hours of maintenance and extra costs like fertilizer, peat moss or straw.
  • Uniform Coverage – While homeowners may believe that they are spreading seed evenly over an area it is impossible to know if the coverage is uniform. Hydroseeding gives 100% coverage and uniformity. Hydroseeding creates an evenly covered area that forms a barrier to keep seed stabilized and retain moisture, fertilizer and other healthy growth-enhancing nutrients. Other beneficial coverage advantages of hydroseeding include its ability to cover large, difficult and inaccessible areas, such as slopes, that are too steep for sod applications.
  • Fast Acting – Hydroseeded lawns typically come in faster. It is not unusual to see early growth in as little as five or six days. And of course, the faster a lawn comes in, the less worries there are for nurturing it through its critical stages of germination and early growth.
  • Aesthetics and Health – Hydroseeded lawns have an attractive, lush, thick, green appearance. Since the root system is more firmly established through hydroseeding the lawn tends to be healthier, holds moisture better and allows for fewer weeds to take root.
  • Erosion Control – Protecting against erosion from wind, rain, sun and pests is one of the prevalent reasons for hydroseeding. The mixture used in the slurry allows for binding with the surface.