Wellington hydroseeding: everything you need to know

It’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security with a lawn. With enough rain and an occasional mowing, surely a patch of grass can maintain itself, right? Before you know it, you’re looking outside at a withered, patchy excuse for a yard. How did it happen, and what could be the most efficient and cost-effective way to get that yard looking lush again?

We answer these questions in today’s article…


A less than lovely lawn

Good lawns go bad all the time. When the damage dealt to your lawn goes beyond whatever a little TLC might fix, it may be best to start again from scratch.

A few of the following factors might be responsible for your lawn’s grim appearance:

  • Overwatering and poor drainage
  • Underwatering
  • Pets (specifically the kind that like to dig holes and urinate hither and yon)
  • Drought
  • Disease
  • Poor turf selection
  • Poor soil conditions

Hydroseeding saves the day

Hydroseeding is a convenient and affordable option for Wellington homeowners looking to liven up their lawns. With hydroseeding, you have the freedom to select a specialised turf seed designed to thrive in your specific lawn conditions. While you won’t see the results instantaneously, you’ll be enjoying them when your lawn comes into lush green fruition in only 2-3 weeks’ time.

There are plenty of benefits to hydroseeding, especially when compared with the other options on the market. Here are a few of our favourite hydroseeding benefits:


Hydroseeding is fast and easy to install, meaning you’ll pay less for labour. As for the speed of results, you’ll find that hydroseeding provides a moisture-retaining mulch that allows the undisturbed seed to germinate and root faster and more effectively than any other method.

Erosion control

The binding of seed, mulch, tackifiers and other soil conditioners protect and encompass the hydroseeding slurry to bind it with the ground surface soil. Your stronger and more structured lawn will hold its own against Wellington’s toughest winds, making it an excellent option for erosion control on hilly properties.

Water retention

Hydroseeding is unmatched in its water retention properties. With the ability to retain up to 10 times its weight in water, hydroseeding is your lawn’s one-way ticket to fast, healthy germination and plant survival.


The hydroseeding process

The hydroseeding process begins with the carefully-executed clearing of your old grass. The existing grass must be cut short and raked up in pieces. It’s important for your lawn to then be prepared to ensure proper seed germination and drainage. Any potential weeds must be found and dealt with and the soil must be tested to determine its readiness.

When your lawn is good to go, it should appear smooth, loose and ready for seeds. High-tech hydroseeding equipment is then used to apply the seed and special mulch mixture.

The Scape Goats team will take care of this entire process.


Continuing maintenance


Deep watering will be required twice a week to ensure the water gets right down into the subsoil to encourage deep strong root growth.


The mower should be set to high to encourage a full, lush lawn rather than scalping which will leave the lawn vulnerable to weeds and result in poor growth.


Regular feeding will be required depending on your seed type.


Maintaining the surrounding areas is essential for ensuring good drainage and light exposure.