Is the grass greener?
Hydro seeding is the most cost effective but also the most high maintenance of the three options. It is a blend of wood-fibre mulch, fertiliser, seed and water mixed to a slurry in a purpose built tank and sprayed onto your prepared site. The mulch protects the seed, retains water and ensures even germination. The fibre is dyed green which also gives a grass-like effect immediately. This mulch mixture bonds the seed to the soil, preventing erosion from the windblown soil and light rain. The fertiliser and mulch mixture provides an ideal nurturing environment for seed germination to establish a healthy lawn.
Germination time will depend on the weather and the consistency of watering after application. In optimum growing conditions, including sufficient watering and warm ground temperatures, germination can be achieved in just 5 days. You new lawn could be requiring a mow in approximately 3 weeks. Generally lawn germination will take approximately 10 -14 days depending upon watering and ground temperatures. Irrigation in the first 2-3 weeks is most important for getting your new lawn to germinate evenly and quickly. The mulch must be kept damp at all times so the emerging seedlings do not dry out. Under or over watering can both produce unfavorable results. Depending on the site preparation, if there are any areas where water pools it can cause the grass to die which can produce bald patches.
The hydroseeding product is weed-free but weed seed is always present in the soil whether supplied to you or existing. When you start watering your new lawn, weeds will also start to appear. These can be controlled with a selective weed-spray when your lawn is established.
With ready lawn, there’s no uncertainty. You know you’ll have a lush, springy, deep green lawn within hours – not months.
There is a large range of specialist artificial landscaping grasses that suit different situations and personal tastes. Variations in blade thickness, length and texture ensures you get the look that suits your property or application. The turf options can now imitate the curled structure of natural grass and can vary in color. It is popular for areas where growing natural grass has proven to be problematic or difficult to access and maintain. Do you have an area in your garden where the sun doesn't reach but you would like to have grass there? Artificial turf could be the answer.
Like both other grass options, it is very important that the site be prepared carefully to get maximum results.
Things to look out for when researching this product. Is it UV stable? Make sure you test the product, are you happy with the texture, colour, structure and feel of it? Make sure it doesn't contain any nasty chemicals or heavy metals. What is it's life expectancy and does it come with a guarantee or warranty for lasting colour and durability?
Way up the pros and cons and choose the option that best suits you and your family. Summer is here and it is time to get out into your garden and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Here is the link to our very handy Yardscape Grass Guide. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call.