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Caring For Your Newly Hydroseeded Lawn

If your lawn has been recently hydroseeded, you need to learn how to take care of it properly. Getting it to thrive within the first few weeks of being planted is how you’ll keep it looking its best for months to come!

Proper Watering

After your lawn is first hydroseeded, allow the mulch to dry over the next day before watering it. During the first two weeks of having the hydroseed, water all areas of the lawn every day, keeping everything slightly moist to speed up the germination. Water for 10 to 20 minutes per section, twice a day, if you possibly can. Be sure to limit the watering time if you are causing run-off damage. Try not to water if heavy rain is predicted within the next 12 hours because you don’t want to over-water. When the daytime temperature is 85 degrees or higher with high humidity, do not water day or night until the temperature drops below 85 degrees. Allow the area to remain dry. During extreme heat conditions, you can end up “cooking” the grass and promote fungus growth by watering. In more shady areas, allow the mulch to dry out between watering after you have mowed the lawn once and water less often while increasing the amount of watering time. This tactic will promote deeper root growth. A hydroseeded lawn should receive 1″ to 2″ of water each week.

Mowing

Mow the grass as soon as needed and allow the area to dry out before mowing. Cut your grass on a high setting to keep the grass cooler and weed seeds from germinating and try not to cut off more than 1/3 of the grass when mowing. It will most likely be necessary to mow twice a week in the beginning because growth will come in fast. Constant mowing promotes root growth and kills many of the weeds. You don’t have to pick up the clippings unless the grass cuttings are smothering the new grass.

Fertilizing

With Dudley’s, we will do all the follow-up fertilizing and washout repairs if you have a sprinkler system, water every other day in the early morning. This promotes deeper root growth. If you water with a hose, water 2 hours each section (2 times per week preferred.) There are 2-hour timers available at local hardware stores allowing you to start the watering without worrying about turning it off. Mowing 2 times per week promotes better root growth and deters weed from sprouting. 

Contact Us for Hydroseeding in MA and NH

Dudley’s Tree and Landscape provide towns in Massachusetts and lower New Hampshire with hydroseeding services to make your lawn look its best! Contact us if you are interested in hydroseeding your lawn. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 978-373-1510.


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5 Decorative Mowing Patterns to Try

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Your lawn is a very important piece of how others perceive your home. It is no surprise that many homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and/or money to make their lawns look nice. Lawn patterns are one way to make your lawn stand out. They can also be used to hide irregularities or damaged areas of grass. With the right tools and some creativity, you can have the best lawn on the block.

Stripes

This is the most commonly used mowing pattern for homeowners. It makes lawns look nice and neat. It is also the simplest pattern to create. To create the striped pattern, use a mower with a roller attached. Then mow back and forth between the ends of the lawn.

Checkerboard

A checkerboard is a more intricate pattern than simple stripes, but it is also fairly easy to create. It is a bit more time-consuming, and you will want to make sure you keep the blades of the lawnmower at a high enough height so that the grass can be mowed twice. To create the checkerboard, mow a stripe pattern either horizontally or vertically across your landscape. Then create a second set of stripes on top of the first, running perpendicular.

Diamond

A diamond pattern is very similar to a checkerboard pattern. The difference is that instead of making the second set of lines perpendicular, you will just make them diagonal compared to the first set of lines. This creates an elegant twist to the diamond pattern.

Bullseye

A bullseye is almost impossible to do with a push mower on a large lawn. However, a small lawn can become a bullseye with a push mower easily. Begin at the center of your yard and mow in a large circle. Then mow adjacent circles, working outwards towards the edge of the lawn, while alternating directions for each circle. The bullseye will take some practice but is impressive when done correctly.

Complex Patterns

In large lawns, it might be desirable to use a bullseye in one section and a diamond pattern in another, based on other landscaping items. Once you have mastered the simpler designs, you can build custom, complex patterns on your own.

For some, making patterns while mowing the grass may seem excessive. However, making these types of patterns can take a monotonous chore and make this type of maintenance a bit more enjoyable and fun.


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