Both hydro seeding and snow seeding have been used successfully as lawn care activities, employed by the lawn care industry, for many years now. Lawn-A-Mat has been at the forefront of the lawn care industry for over 50 years and we continue to be the best value for all your local lawn care needs including fertilizer, weed control, grub control, chinch bug control, tick and flea control, seed, lime and aeration. You can trust Lawn-A-Mat for the information you need about any lawn care issue such as hydro seeding and snow seeding.
Hydro Seeding and Snow Seeding as Seeding Methods
Both hydro seeding and snow seeding are legitimate methods for seeding turfgrass lawns under the right circumstances. However, hydro seeding and snow seeding could not be more different in their approach and timing. Hydro seeding is the application of a seed/liquid mixture which can have nutrients added right in the mix and has certain advantages:
- Hydro seeded lawns come up faster. The contact of the seed with water will trigger the germination cycle. Germination can take place in 3 to 5 days.
- Hydro seeding has an attractive green appearance that looks far better than lawns dry seeded or covered with straw or hay.
- Unlike straw that is often used as a protective cover for a newly seeded area, hydro seeding mulch has NO weed seed. Straw is loaded with weed seed.
- 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.
- A high percentage of germination.
The main drawbacks to hydro seeding are high costs to the customer and scarcity of contractors who employ hydro seeding machinery.
Snow seeding is an ancient procedure where in cooler climates, seed is scattered over the last remaining snow cover of the season. As the snow melts, the seed is transported to the soil surface and is moistened by the melting snow. As the ground temperatures rise to around 50 degrees, the seed can then germinate. While I have seen snow seeding work effectively in some cases, more often than not, I have seen it not work effectively. While it is kind on neat on a primal level to just go out when the snow is melting and spread seed that will grow into grass later in the Spring, it is mostly impracticable in the New York / New Jersey area because it takes too long for ground temperatures to reach the optimal germination range. Much of the seed will rot, be eaten or wash away.
While both hydro seeding and snow seeding have their purposes, hydro seeding is, by far, the superior choice in the majority of circumstances for local lawn care.
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Another lawn care season has ended. It goes so quickly. What starts in the beginning of April with a hustle of lawn care activity like estimates and scrambling to get your first service done as soon as possible for you, finishes calmly with the Holiday season and this December lawn care thank you. There are always ups an downs throughout the 36 weeks of turfgrass services. There is the rapid Spring greening and growth, dandelions, beautiful dark green May, fading and dryness of Summer, the healing Fall and finally, the leaves of October and now to a December lawn care thank you..
My December Lawn Care Thank You
Throughout this entire lawn care season it has been my pleasure to serve your lawn care needs and I thank you for your business! It is my hope that our relationship continues for many years because it gives me joy to provide you with quality lawn care services. I wish you peace during this Holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!
As your local lawn care company, we pride ourselves in striving to be the best value in the industry. Though small businesses struggle in this economy we have not given up on our commitment to quality lawn care at affordable prices and we never will. We do not charge extra for those materials that we believe are essential to the health of your lawn like grub control and lime and we continue to develop a menu of optional services that add to our value and your satisfaction. In addition, we offer local, hometown, old fashioned, customer service where you , the customer, are truly valued. If you know anyone who would benefit from our lawn care services such as fertilizer, weed or insect control, seeding, aeration or lime, please refer us to them and accept our gratitude.
Important Winter and December lawn care information
For more information on Winter and December lawn care read this article.
The debate about liquid vs granular fertilizer for lawn care has raged for decades. You can trust Lawn-A-Mat’s 50+ years lawn care experience for all your fertilizer needs. The idea behind fertilizer (regardless of liquid vs granular) is to provide a steady, season long food supply to the turfgrass in the right amounts and at the right times. To do this, we do six applications, each of which contains granular fertilizer. Each fertilizer application is slightly different in terms of analysis and amount (please read our individual articles on seasonal fertilizer). The fertilizer we use is scientifically engineered to last approximately 5 to 7 weeks given normal weather conditions. All six applications are needed to achieve consistent lawn care results without unnatural growth spikes and performance slippage. The Lawn-A-Mat approach to lawn care is all about value. So while it could be fair to include many facets to this debate such as costs, convenience, customer perceptions, etc., the purposes of this article are to explore only the area of fertilizer performance for the majority of home lawns here in the New York / New Jersey area.
Liquid vs Granular Fertilizer Performance
In my experience over over 30 years, there is a clear difference between the performance of fertilizer in a liquid vs granular composition. Generally, granular fertilizers out perform their liquid counterparts on most average home lawns. I have found the following to be seminal:
- Flexibility – Granular fertilizer allows much greater flexibility in administering a program. Instead of a “one size fits all” approach, products can be easily substituted or changed to fit the specific needs of a property. This flexibility permits us to address the differences between lawns and the differences within a lawn, such as sunny areas and shady areas. Also, with granular, a technician is able to easily adjust the rate at which they are applying and the product being applied. This is something to seriously consider, especially because many of our homeowners want different parts of their lawns to be treated differently. Granulars allow us to switch products easily such as in the case of our Organalawn program. This increases our overall performance for the customer.
- Safety/Responsibility – With granular fertilizer, nutrients and post-emergent herbicides are not tank-mixed together. Two separate trips are made over your lawn. One trip for the fertilization, one trip for weed control. Not only does the extra trip increase the thoroughness of the application, but pesticides are only applied in areas where they are needed. With liquid fertilizer, most pesticides are already mixed in with the fertilizer, meaning that pesticides end up being applied over your entire lawn, many times in areas where they are not needed. Constant “blanket” applications of pesticides are not a part of good turfgrass management in terms of responsibility or the aforementioned flexibility.
- Slow release, gradual feeding – Granular fertilizer provides for the use of slow-release, controlled released nutrients, which create a long-term, consistent turfgrass feeding. Because you don’t need such frequent applications like in the case of liquid, there is on average, about 10% less overall pesticide usage on the lawn per year, with the same control results because technicians are not respraying the same weeds over and over. In addition, granular products usually have a much reduced burn potential.
- Weather friendly – Slow release granular fertilizers are much better for feeding lawns that are suffering from heat stress and dry weather. A granular fertilizer lays on the soil and once watered in, is broken down slowly over time. Unless the customer is heavily over watering or there is an excessive amount of rainfall, runoff is typically not a concern like a liquid fertilizer that can escape the soil or be diluted from watering. This is an important liquid vs granular issue.
Summation of liquid vs granular fertilizer performance
After personally performing over 45,000 applications, using many liquid vs granular products I can say, without a doubt, that I prefer to use granular fertilizer products over liquid fertilizer products for the vast majority of lawns because they perform more effectively in providing the results that my customers demand. The only exception would be in cases that rule out the use of granulars. These would include severe slopes, certain athletic fields, etc. Ultimately, professionals should use whichever materials the conditions and results call for, with a bias towards granular.
Call Lawn-A-Mat today to take advantage of our 50+ years of serving your local lawn care needs. The combination of our Greenskeeper lawn care program and our optional lawn care services cannot be beat in terms of value!
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Is there even such a thing as November lawn care? After all, the lawn care season is over right? The grass has stopped growing and all there is left to do on our properties is pick up leaves, right? Isn’t this last lawn care service just to make money without little agronomic benefit?
YES, NO, NO, NO and ABSOLUTELY NOT!
November lawn care is often the most overlooked and undervalued part of seasonal lawn care. November lawn care is crucial to your lawn’s well being because the turfgrass is about to undergo the most stressful time for any living organism, hibernation. We call this turfgrass hibernation dormancy and it can rock your lawn’s world if we do not do all we can to prepare it properly.
Having safe lawn care is the holy grail of the lawn care industry. Homeowners want beautiful lawns, which most often require some chemical and pesticide treatments. But nothing is as important as the safety of our families, our communities and our earth. So, there is often a struggle between these two desires, beauty and safety. The modern lawn care industry is making great strides in bridging this gap.
Have you looked into our OrganaLawn option yet? If you want to reduce pesticides by as much as 50%, you should!
The History of Safe Lawn Care
Having been involved in the lawn care industry for over 40 years and being a second generation owner of a local lawn care company, I have witnessed full spectrum of safe lawn care issues, efforts and consequences. Overall, there are a few seminal points that stand out.
October lawn care is my favorite time in the lawn care cycle. We have been through the usual, and some unusual, ups and downs of the lawn care season and now we get to see the fruits of our labors. October lawn care is enjoyable because the lawns are usually is such good shape. They are very green, thick and healthy and the pests that plagued them all year are drastically reduced. Right now the lawns are putting a lot of resources into root development so they can store nutrients for Winter. Lawn-A-Mat knows exactly how to care for your lawn this Fall and our October lawn care services will provide all your lawn needs to prosper this Fall and be well prepared for the Winter.