If properly irrigated, you will usually see seedlings within 4-6 days and around 3 inches of grass growth in 3-4 weeks when it will be ready to mow.
Our smallest machine, the Finn T30, holds just over 1000 litres of water and takes around 10 minutes to discharge.
This will cover up to 200 square metres of soil depending on the type of ground and mulch selected.
We use a variety of products to handle all sorts of gradients. Steeper slopes will require a special thicker mixture.
We can hydroseed over wire mesh used to stabalise any slopes prior to our visit.
If you’re concerned that you may have highly acidic or alkaline soil, we will take a soil sample and carry out analysis before starting the project.
We can then treat the soil or recommend a course of action to a landscaper or gardener.
Seed should always be lightly irrigated to keep damp.
In very hot weather conditions, seed won’t germinate without some irrigation.
Seeding works best when the ground temperature is greater than 5 degrees centigrade. This is usually the case from March until October.
We can also seed during the colder months but the seed won’t germinate until the ground warms up. Seeding in winter may result in up to 20% loss of seed due to ground frost.
We recommend a hardy seed mix at lower temperatures.
We prefer to work on areas larger than 150 square metres.
We’re able to seed up to 2000 square metres+ per day.
We concentrate on seeding rather than ground preparation but can usually recommend a local landscaper to prepare the ground for you.
- Remove all rocks, sticks or other debris from the surface area.
- For a high grade finish, remove all weeds from the soil and till the soil lightly if the ground is compacted. This isn’t required for all applications but can improve the result.
- If you wish, you can also add topsoil for a high grade finish.
- We can offer products that work well on harder soil.
We need to be able to get our equipment within 15 metres of the area to be seeded. The seeder is usually pulled by pick up truck on a trailer.
Depending on the location and water facilities available on site, we will either:
- Use a stand pipe to fill the seeder from a hydrant located close to the site.
- Fill the tank from an outside tap (depending on pressure).
- Supply IBC water containers in the days leading up to the project for you to fill in advance.
- Use a pump with any local standing water to fill the tank (ponds, lakes, rivers)
The seed should be kept damp at least until the grass establishes. You can use a sprinkler to do this.
Letting the seed completely dry out will delay its germination.
Hydroseeding requires less irrigation than turf to establish.
You can walk on the mulch occasionally in order to move a sprinkler but keep it to a minimum to leave the seed to germinate and allow the grass to establish.
Please also keep your pets off the mulch until the grass has properly established.
You can usually begin mowing around 3 weeks after the hydroseed application.
Stop watering a few days before the first mow.