Hydroseeding


Hydroseeding is the fastest and easiest way to seed a lawn. The seed, fertilizer, hydromulch, tackifier and water are all applied in one fast, easy step. The use of messy straw is eliminated, and trimming is quick and easy. Even difficult-to-seed areas such as hill sides or narrow areas are a breeze to seed with hydroseeding.

Hydroseeding offers many advantages over the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed. It promotes quick germination and inhibits soil erosion. It is also a very cost effective alternative to sod.

Garpiel Group has been installing lawns using hydroseeding for years. We can help determine the best lawn installation or renovation method for you.

Hydroseeding FAQ

Garpiel has many services, including hydroseeding. According to Dictionary.com, hydroseeding is “to sow (a field, lawn, etc.) with seed by distribution in a stream of water propelled through a hose.”


Absolutely. The green dye that may have splashed onto your foundation or walkways will usually fade away within a few days and can be hosed off with a garden hose.
A soil sample will tell exactly what the health of your soil is and how conducive the area will be to grow grass. Additional soil is sometimes required if the existing soil is sterile or is nutritionally deficient beyond reasonable control.
This will depend greatly on your climate. Traditionally, spring and fall months are the most conducive to growing any type of vegetation.
Having your lawn sodded will give you a picture-perfect lawn in as little as one day. Hydroseeding may take a few weeks to fully develop. Hydroseeding is also 60% to 75% less expensive than the costly application of sod. As to which lawn looks better, aftercare and attention to your investment will ultimately determine your results.
A reputable hydroseeding contractor will stand by his work. Often times, incidents such as torrential rains, strong winds or acts of nature are beyond the hydroseeder’s control and are often not covered. A common problem in the development of a new lawn is neglect. Not watering the property sufficiently will cause the yard to appear spotty and incomplete.
No. The most important item you can have when mowing your new lawn is a very sharp mower blade. Try to avoid sharp turns when mowing a fresh lawn so as to avoid tearing out the grass with your tires.
As a general rule of thumb, the first mowing is recommended once the lawn reaches 3-4 inches in height. When cutting, the one-third rule is a good guideline: You should never remove more than one-third of the grass blade at one time.
Often times, hydroseeded lawns will begin to germinate is as little as five to seven days. Most grass types will take three to four weeks to fill in, and depending on how often the lawn is watered and the type of grass seed used, it can take up to as much as eight weeks to see strong growth.
Only as much as is absolutely necessary. Heavy traffic on a newly seeded lawn can permanently damage the new grass. Walking on a freshly hydroseeded lawn can leave depressions in the lawn and in some cases cause bare spots to form.
This will often vary depending on the type of grass seed used, condition of the soil and recommended fertilizer types for your climate. A common practice is to apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer soon after the first mowing. Weeks 4-6 are common fertilizing times. When in doubt, an expert should be consulted, as improper fertilization could cause severe damage to your lawn.
Initially, water is essential to the development of a strong root system in your hydroseeded lawn. Newly hydroseeded lawns should be watered as much as two to three times a day. Special care should be taken to ensure that the lawn is NOT saturated during watering and puddles DO NOT form on the lawn. An irrigation system or handheld garden hose is often the best method of watering your lawn. The goal is to have a consistently moist area for the best germination results.
The green dye that was present during the initial application will fade and disappear in as few as two days in some cases, and in other instances it may last weeks. The colorant has no bearing on the quality of the hydroseed or the impression that the hydroseeded lawn has washed away.
Most any type of grass seed can be used in hydroseeding. Factors such as climate conditions will be the determining factor as to which grass type is recommended. A horticultural center or county agricultural agent can tell you what turf seeds flourish best in your climate.
Hydroseeding prices vary greatly across the United States. Conditions such as grass type, soil additives and extreme climates are some of the factors that affect cost. Hydroseeding jobs are commonly priced by the square footage of area to be seeded and can range from 6 to 15 cents per square foot nationwide.