HydroSeeding in NJ
New Jersey’s Faster and Cheaper Alternative to Sod
Do you desire a beautiful green lawn, without all the work associated with laying down sod?
Hydroseeding is NJ’s new alternative to sod. Hydroseeding is a quick, cost-effective way to grow a brand new lawn. Hydroseending can cost less than ¼ of what sod would cost for the same amount of square footage, depending on the size of the area that needs to be covered. Within weeks you will have a beautiful lawn, without the worries of the grass “taking” like sod. Say goodbye to the heavy lifting and hours of hard work that came along with a sod lawn.
What exactly IS Hydroseeding?
Hydroseeding (Also known as hydromulching) is the simple process of applying grass seed, fertilizer, hydromulch and water in a liquefied application. Various soil stabilizers and soil amendments can be used in the mix depending on the requirements of the area being hydroseeded. Hydro seeding works great for many applications, including lawns, roadsides, erosion control areas and more. Hydroseeding is today’s quick and easy alternative to sodding. You’ll have a healthy, durable lawn at a fraction of the cost of sod.
The hydroseeding process is so effective because the seed is suspended in a nutrient rich slurry. The contact of the seed with the water in the machine triggers the germination cycle. The mulch layer keeps in the moisture, holds the soil in place and acts like a mini-greenhouse. The seed is kept at an ideal depth for optimum growth. All these factor contribute to the conditions being just right to produce a lush green lawn quickly.
Prices vary from $0.05 to $0.17 depending on the square footage of the area with a $600.00 minimum charge. Travel charges may apply depending on the location.
A soil test is required and important in evaluating your soils requirements. Earth Groomers will perform a soil test to determine exactly what nutrients are lacking in your soil. Soil tests cost $58.00, several cores of soil are removed and sent to a lab for analisis the results are sent back and then the proper nutrients can be added to your soil at the time of planting.
Some frequently asked questions
Is Hydroseeding better than sod?
Having your lawn sodded will give you a picture perfect lawn in as little as one day. Hydroseeding may take a few weeks to see your lawn fully develop. Hydroseeding is also 60%-75% less expensive than the costly application of sod. As to which lawn looks better, aftercare and attention to your investment will ultimately determine what your results are with either choice.
Can I walk on the hydroseed once it is applied?
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.
How soon will I have grass?
Often times hydroseeded lawns will begin to germinate is as little as 5-7 days. Most grass types will take between 3-4 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 8 weeks to see strong growth.
I see green stains on my foundation, fence, and my walkway after my yard was hydroseeded, will it go away?
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 or brushed off once dry.
How much should I water my hydroseeded 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 2-3 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.
When should I fertilize my hydroseeded lawn?
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 has been done. 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.
Can I apply weed-kill to my hydroseeded lawn?
Strong chemicals such as Pesticides or weed-killers should be avoided until your lawn is well established. A common practice is to wait at least 6 months before any pesticides are used on your new lawn as some chemicals may hinder your lawn from growing to its full potential.
When should I first mow my hydroseeded lawn?
As a general rule of thumb the first mowing is recommended once the lawn reaches 3-4 inches in height. The 1/3rd rule is a good guideline, You should never remove more than 1/3rd of the grass blade at one time.
Do I need any special equipment to mow my hydroseeded lawn?
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 the grass out with your tires.
You can do your own Ball Park estimate with the pricing info below
Hydroseeding approximate price schedule
|2,500 – 10,000 square feet||* $0.17per square foot
|10,001 – 43,560 square feet||* $0.13 per square foot|
|Over 1 acre/43,560 square feet||* $0.11 per square foot|
|Over 5 acres||* $4,091.60 per acre|
|Over 10 acres||* $3,756.00 per acre|
|Over 20 acres||* $3,320.40 per acre|
|Over 50 acres||* $2,884.80 per acre|
|Over 100 acres||* $2,449.20 per acre|
Add drive time @$1.25 per minute each way as per Google maps
Shop address is 305 glen oak dr, Toms River NJ
(i.e. point pleasant = 20mins each way = 40 mins * 1.25 = $50)
Ball park pricing for prep is usually between $40 (good topsoil and no grading necessary) and $125 (very sandy and unlevel)per 1000 square feet.
(i.e. kind of sandy but level would be about 90*3000= $270)
Don’t forget the soil test $58.00