The City of Rolling Meadows Public Works Department currently uses a technique called HYDRO-SEEDING for repairing damage to parkways from utility excavations, vehicle damage, tree removal or other assorted reasons. Below is information on the hydro-seeding application, watering instructions and mowing guide.
WHAT IS HYDRO-SEEDING?
Hydro-seeding is becoming a popular means of planting grass due to its relative ease of use and effectiveness. Hydro-seeding is a process by which grass seed, fertilizer, fiber mulch, and water are blended together in a applicator tank and applied via a controlled spray onto a prepared lawn area. Once sprayed, the wet fiber will help create a bond to the soil and provide the grass seeds with a water retaining blanketing-coat while protecting it from sunlight, wind, and erosion. As the grass seeds begin to germinate, the fiber mulch will slowly decompose adding nutrients to the soil.
Hydro-seed will have a green color to it after application and will become less noticeable once the grass seeds begin to germinate and grow. Results are often quick with a high germination rate, producing grass growth in about a week to 10 days. Regular lawn maintenance should begin in about 3 to 4 weeks from the date of application.
PROCEDURES FOR WATERING
All newly seeded lawns require special irrigation. A newly hydro-seeded lawn may require as many as 4 light daily waterings dependent upon weather conditions in order to keep the seed bed moist. When the weather conditions are windy and dry, the seedbed needs light waterings to maintain a moist seed bed to a depth of 1 to 2 inches until germination occurs (the seedlings are 1/4 to 1/2 inch tall). At this stage, it is crucial that the seedlings do not become stress to a point of wilt. Continue to water with light waterings, one to four times a day as necessary, (1/8 to 1/4 of an inch of water) is recommended to establish a healthy new lawn. Continue this watering procedure until the grass has reach a height of 2 inches and at that time, gradually reducing the frequency of waterings but water more deeply.
After your new lawn has been mowed two or three times, water deeply and infrequently.
WHEN SHOULD I WATER?
For best results, water in the early morning, preferably before sunrise when evaporation is minimal and the lawn drinks the most water.
Do not water in the heat of the day as the sun will evaporate water before it can be soaked in.
Using a hand held hose is also recommended to assure that the hydro-seed will not be washed away.
Remember, if you use a sprinkler, the City of Rolling Meadows enforces a lawn sprinkling ban from May 15th until September 15th.
The hours of the ban are from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.
The City of Rolling Meadows will also be monitoring the progress of your lawn to assure it is being properly maintained during the establishment period after hydro-seeding. Working together will help in establishing a healthy and beautiful lawn. The Public Works Department thank you for your cooperation.
Please feel free to contact the Public Works Department if you should have questions related to your parkway restoration, 847-963-0500.
White grubs are the most serious and destructive lawn insect pests in Illinois. Not all lawns will get grubs and the extent of grub damage will vary from year to year.
The City of Rolling Meadows does not treat parkways for grubs. It is the property owners responsibility to maintain the grass in the parkway areas as well as their own lawn.
For additional information on grubs or for information on treating your lawn for grubs, click on one of the links below. Information provided by the University of Illinois Extension.