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Why Hydroseed?

Why Hydroseed?

& Great Falls, MT

Hydroseeding is a fast, cost effective way to have a new lawn that will turn your neighbors green with envy.

Hydroseeding costs only a little more than old fashioned methods using dry seeding techniques combined with a straw/cotton blend mulch.

The cost to have your new lawn hydroseeded is less than 1/4 the cost of using sod, and in a few weeks you will have a better appearing lawn with no need to worry if the sod will take.

Your new lawn will be sprayed on! The protective mulch covering has an attractive green appearance. A special blend of seeds will be used that will be chosen for the conditions and requirements you have. The factors that may go into the choice may be the amount of sun, shade, the terrain, the type of soil and if you have children or pets.

Your lawn will be hydroseeded with a tested, high quality, certified turf mix. Germination time will depend on the weather, the time of year, the amount of water, the area you live in and other factors. Usually grass will be visible in 5-7 days, a few days slower in cold weather or the hottest part of summer.

You will be surprised how inexpensive it is to have a truly outstanding lawn.



  1. Hydroseeded lawns come up faster. The contact of the seed with water will trigger the germination cycle. We often hear of grass up in 3 to 5 days.
  2. Hydro seeding has an attractive green appearance that looks far better than lawns dry seeded and covered with straw mulch.
  3. Unlike straw that is often used as a protective cover for a newly seeded area, hydroseeding mulch has NO weed seed. Straw is loaded with weed seed.
  4. Hydroseeding allows the custom tayloring of the proper seed for your job. It is not uncommon to use two or even three seeds custom spraying the right seed for different areas on the lawn or job. Many custom hydroseeding contractors will use one seed for shady areas, one for high traffic areas, one to make the front lawn a showpiece.
  5. Hydro Seeding mulch adds to the humus content of a lawn as it decomposes. The bacterial action of straw will leach nitrogen from the soil as it decomposes.


  1. Sod is a good solution to the need for a new lawn. It is expensive. Sod generally costs 3 to 5 times more than hydroseeding. Hydroseeding will often produce turf as nice looking as sod within a very short time at a significant cost savings.
  2. With hydroseeding the new seedlings are grown on your soil. Sod can have a problem with the type of soil it was grown on, not having sufficient compatibility with the soil it is planted on. This is called "not taking". If you have ever seen sod that looks like it could be rolled right back up even years after it was planted. That is sod that did not take.
  3. With sod the roots are chopped off resulting in a less healty plant
  4. With sod it is important to have sod installed by someone who has a lot of experience. Sod will shrink over the first month and if it is not installed properly gaps will open up between the sod rows.

Sod requires a lot of care. It can produce a beautiful lawn. Should you decide to use sod, or as some people do, decide to sod the front lawn, and hydroseed the back lawn. We hope that you will ask the trained professional who installs your sod about the watering and fertilizing steps you need to follow to insure that you have a successful and beautiful new lawn.

Seeding Information

Seeding Information

Hydroseeding can be used for many applications. On of the most popular is residential hydroseeding. McGlone Hydroseeding will be seeding your new lawn will provide and mix a load of material and spray it out over the lawn. In the load of material will be grass seed, a starter fertilizer and a hydroseeding mulch. There may be other products in the mix designed to hold the material in place if it rains, to supercharge the growth ability, or to aid in holding moisture in the soil.

When your lawn is hydro seeded it will have a bright colorful look at first, but as this dries some of the color will leave. The mulch usually will stay in place until the grass begins growing. McGlone Hydroseeding can seed a lawn without making much of a mess. If we do happen to get a little material on your house, walk or driveway, it will wash right off. It won't stain. It will even disappear on it's own within a few weeks. In most areas of the country lawns will often start growing within 5 to 7 days. Sometimes slow germinating grasses may be the only ones available in an area, or suitable for a job, so this may vary.

Hydro seeding is also popular for golf course construction, roadside work, commercial and industrial jobs, retention ponds, mine reclamation, re-vegetation projects and more. Often a larger machine is used for this type work and the seed may be sprayed from a platform mounted gun. When hydro seeding with either a gun or a hose, any seed can be used.

Some of the seeds that can be hydro seeded are turf grasses such as bluegrass, rye grass, fescue, centepede, bermuda, bahia, pasture mixes, timothy, millet, clover, crown vetch, native grasses, and wildflower mixes. Most any turf type seed can be hydro seeded.




If you are preparing a new site for hydro seeding the preparation is the same as for seeding any other way. Hydro seeding can be a little more forgiving than other methods. If the seeding project is a lawn or turf type application the preparation should result in a smooth, rock free, slightly loose soil condition that is at the desired final grade and contour. Tools such as a rock hound or rock rake work excellently. Other land working tools can also be used.


If you are planning to re-do your lawn completely it is necessary to completely remove the existing turf before hydro seeding the new lawn. The best way to do this is to skin off the existing turf. If you are doing a small area a shovel or spade can be used. The best way to do a larger area is to rent a sod cutter. It is best do do this when the soil is dry. Moist soil is heavier and harder to handle. If you have a garden you can compost the old sod that you have removed and turn it into rich humus to build your garden.

Don't use a rotary tiller to clear a sodded area. Rotary tillers cause weed problems by chopping up plants and weed roots and spreading them through the lawn. You could end up with more weeds in your new lawn than you had in your old one.

You can also have the old lawn sprayed with a herbicide to kill all existing vegetation, then level an loosen the soil and have the lawn hydro seeded. You should wait about 3 weeks from the time the herbicide is applied before seeding.


Overly acid soil is one of the easiest soil problems to fix. To determine your soil's acidity use a home pH test or send a sample to a laboratory for analysis.

To raise the pH, add ground limestone. If your soil has enough magnesium, use calcitic limestone, which is almost entirely calcium carbonate. If you have a magnesium deficiency, add dolomite lime, made of magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate. The more finely ground the limestone is the faster it will work. If your soil is extremely acidic, don't try to raise the pH all at once. Instead, make several small applications.
It's somewhat more difficult to remedy alkalinity problems. The most effective material for lowering soil pH is sulfur.

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