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After I realized that our back porch was chipping apart, I decided that I needed to work a little harder to make things right. I started carefully analyzing the area, and I realized that the concrete needed to be completely removed and re-poured. I knew that asphalt work was beyond my comfort level, so I decided to call in a professional contractor to do the work. It was amazing to watch them work, and when they were finished our yard looked brand new. This blog is all about improving your hardscaping by replacing old, cracked, or discolored asphalt or concrete paving.

Three Tips To Use When Hydroseeding Your Yard For The First Time

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Hydroseeding can transform a sickly, brown yard into a beautiful green one. During this process, your yard is sprayed with a mix of seeds, water and mulch so that your lawn can grow in a healthy way. However, spraying is only the first step. You have to make sure you don't inadvertently do things that could cause problems for the growth process. Here are some things you can do to help your yard after it has been hydroseeded. 

Water Your Yard Often

Because the hydroseeding spray contains water, you may not think you need to water the yard very much after the spraying has happened. However, if the soil is not adequately hydrated, the seeds will not be able to take root and grow well. You may then have to have your home sprayed again, at extra cost to you.

Instead, make sure that you water your yard at least two or three times each day during the first week after it has been sprayed. This will keep the ground moist enough for the seedlings to germinate.

Be Smart About Watering Times

To make sure your yard has enough water, you might be planning to water the yard right before going to work and again before heading to bed for the night. However, keeping the soil moist enough is not the only thing you need to consider when you want your yard to reap benefits from hydroseeding. It is also vital that you are smart about the times when you water your yard.

If you water your yard too early in the morning, it might have already been absorbed and evaporated by the time the midday sun hits, causing your soil to start to dry out. As a result, it may be too dry the time you arrive home after work. If you water your yard at dusk or later, the extra moisture in the soil may not evaporate or be absorbed fully, which could encourage the growth of fungi.

To be smart about watering times, attempt to water the yard in the mid-afternoon and mid-morning; at midday as well if you have the opportunity. If you are unable to water the yard yourself, enlist the help of a neighbor, relative or friend. You might also consider a timed irrigation system.

Wait Before Putting Down Additional Seeds

You might be tempted to help your yard grow by putting down more seeds if you notice bald spots that don't seem to be growing very well. However, it is possible that the bald spots are just growing a bit slower than other areas. Give them a few weeks to catch up before manually adding additional seeds. You can encourage growth in bald areas by giving them more water than other spots throughout the day.

For more information, contact Rainbow Sweepers Inc. or a similar company.

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12 January 2016