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Old 03-09-2012, 05:56 PM   #31
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After a long while of down time, I have finally gotten hydro seed. Work travel and other family issues pushed me back. But! it worked out for the best I think since the past month was pretty cold here. So....here are some pictures!

Drains for when it rains hard here in SoCal a few days a year....


The dirt prior to being sprayed.





Mixing the hydro seed.




Final product!


I went with a company called Brightgreen Hydroseeding ( http://www.brightgreenhydroseeding.com/ ). Run by a guy named Scott. He was a huge help through the process and really knows his stuff! Hydroseed was only $300 for 1500sqft.

I chose to go with hydroseeding over sod or just seeding myself. I just read too many bad things about sod not taking and/or the roots already being established and what seemed to be more prep work to the lawn. Which I did a lot anyway, but hopefully that will payoff with great roots from a plant that grows from a seed to adult all in the same soil!

Next job, trees and other landscaping around the outside of the grass! It never ends!


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Old 03-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #32
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After a long while of down time, I have finally gotten hydro seed. Work travel and other family issues pushed me back. But! it worked out for the best I think since the past month was pretty cold here.

I went with a company called Brightgreen Hydroseeding ( http://www.brightgreenhydroseeding.com/ ). Run by a guy named Scott. He was a huge help through the process and really knows his stuff! Hydroseed was only $300 for 1500sqft.

I chose to go with hydroseeding over sod or just seeding myself. I just read too many bad things about sod not taking and/or the roots already being established and what seemed to be more prep work to the lawn. Which I did a lot anyway, but hopefully that will payoff with great roots from a plant that grows from a seed to adult all in the same soil!

Next job, trees and other landscaping around the outside of the grass! It never ends!
It looks good - and for $300! I assumed it would be quite a bit more than that.

I assume they gave you specific instructions for watering and care, right?

Be sure to post pictures when the grass is growing!
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:48 PM   #33
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It looks good - and for $300! I assumed it would be quite a bit more than that.

I assume they gave you specific instructions for watering and care, right?

Be sure to post pictures when the grass is growing!

Yup! $300 was a great price! When I called him up, I was expecting something closer to $700-800. He puts a lot of thought and effort into just a $300 job.

Instructions for watering for the first week is just keep it damp but 3-4 light waterings a day. So I think I will be doing 4 times, about 2 min each and see how it goes dampness wise. If I need to bump it to 3 min each, I will. Once the seeds start growing, I will back it off to 3 times a day with about the same total watering time as 4 times a day. Then, I will back it to 2 times a day once the grass starts showing a bit more and keep about the same total watering time again.

Fertilizing instructions are in 3-4 weeks add more nitrogen with no weed killers or crab grass killer or alike.

I should be good to go though! I can't wait to start seeing all my baby grass pop up!
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:53 AM   #34
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WOW! I can't wait to see what this looks like when it's grown in some Nice job!
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:11 AM   #35
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The first sprouts! It has been 9 days since the hydro seed went down. The longest blade I saw was about 1/2". I keep going out of travel for work during the week so it is making watching grass grow much less painless!

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That's looking great
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This is 12 days after planting!

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A buddy of mine who hydroseeded his entire front lawn. At first he wasn't all that happy cause he said he had quite a few bare locations. By the fall he had the best looking lawn on the block.
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It's been a little bit since I've updated this, but here are a couple new pics. The grass is growing well. Better in shaded areas, but that was expected. Overall, I think it's coming in nicely. It has been about 4 weeks (30 days) since I put the seed down on the yard.

My project this weekend was to plant a few trees. I got a Hass Avocado, a Fuerte Avocado (on order), a Fuyu Persimmon, Blenheim Apricot and a Moro Blood Orange.

I can already tell that the avocado tree is living up to what I read about them being a pretty tough tree to grow. My Hass has only been in for a day or so and the leaves are already starting to shrivel up some. I hope it is just the shock from moving!


The Persimmon will go on the left, the Apricot is in the corner there and then the Fuerte Avocado will go in the open area on the right.



The other half of the yard....Hass on the left and then the Moro Blood Orange in the right corner. And, my hummingbird feeder.

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If people think you went overboard, let me tell you that you're not alone.
We tilled an area 90x24 that was weeds, weeds, and more weeds. The ground was so hard, we couldn't get a shovel in.
DON"T til any farther that you have. Grass only requires a few inches, and the farther you go down, the more junk you put into any good soil you may have.
I'm probably a bit nutty, but after we tilled 13 years ago, as we down about 8 inches not knowing either, we used a large screen and literally SIFTED all the rocks, glass and weeds, That took an entire day. We removed about 1,000 pounds of nasty, and replaced about 15 large bags of peat ( we has clay) about 25 lawn and leaf garden bags full of leaves we collected the following year that we ground up with the lawn mower and were semi-composted, as well as 10 bags of grass clipping from a neighbor who has a weedless lawn. All high in nutrition for a great start.The rest was a humus and manure mix.We then had torrents of rain for 2 weeks, which was a blessing as it helped to break everything down. we gave it a about 5 days after the rains, and it apparently not good to move soil around that is too wet.

We level and packed it down to get our slope and make it even. We used seed and some seed fertilizer when we first put it down,rolled it again, and watered it 3 times a day, as the weather was in the high 60's low 70's. THe watering is just as important for the seeds to germinate as it is for the roots to grow, and not shallow towards the very top. THey only have roots about 2-3 inches, but by watering you make the roots go down, which dimishes the changes of the frass not keeping it's green color and durability throughout the season. In less than 2 weeks, we has a green matt in our yard and have had so ever since. We have only done the recommended feeds that also help to maintain weeds and grubs before winter, early spring and summer for the past 13 years and our lawn looks picture perfect. It gets a LOT of traffic, as we party all summer and have many friends and family on the patio and in the pool.THe kids( and adults) play in the grass all the time, and it looks wonderful. It was a lot of work and it was not cheap, but it was well worth the effort for all the years it has given us pleasure. There are some projects we did once and know never to do again, but this was not one of them. THe kids can play and I know there is no glass or rocks out there.We were also able to slope our yard away from the house to avoid any flooding, as we live in a high flood area. Since then we have never gotten a drop of water in our basement. You cannot tell, but the back of the yard is about 7 inches lower than the front, which seems to have been enough for us. We have only watered our lawn if we do not have rain for 2 weeks for the past 12 years. When you do water, you only need to water so the first 2-3 inches are moist, as that's as far as thier roots go.
I also bought about 500 crocus bulbs and added them into the soil before we seeded. Our lawn is covered with colorful crocus in the spring and the neighbors love it as much as we do! One they die back, we cut the grass to remove the heads. THe stems looks like grass, so you cannot tell where they are until them bloom again.
I have used sod in the past, and I know that seeding a lawn gives you better results. I have tried both methods in several homes, and seeding produces a stronger more durable ground cover in my opinion. We are weedless and love it!! Hope this helps.

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