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When it comes to hydro seeding things are pretty straight forward.  Basically if they use quality materials and apply it at the proper rate things usually turn out well.

When it comes to prep work things are not always as cut and dried.  You said that you had hired them to remove the existing turf and hydro seed.  That is pretty much what they did.  Probably they didn't expect the soil under the turf to be in the condition it was and most likely bringing in a few inches of top soil would have made the job much better but that isn't what you said you hired them to do. 

Now I do think when they saw what was under the turf they should have had a talk with you and said "What is under the turf looks pretty bad.  There are lots of gravel and big rocks and I would suggest we bring in x inches of top soil and that is going to add $ ??? to the price and let you decide.   That they were remiss in doing but they did do what they were hired to do.  I can't say they were totally wrong but I can't say they did shoddy work but they were a little lax in making sure you had the lawn you hoped to have. 

Home owner / Customer Questions / Help / Re: New hydro seed job - have questions
« Last post by dawrule on Fri June 23, 2017, 03:21:07 PM »

 What was the seed mix used, and application rate in lbs per 1000 square feet? Seeding contractors should always supply a seed tag when asked. This is very important to have if this gets legal.

Going into hot summer, seeding on compact soil is a recipe for disaster.

A experienced hydroseeder will advise against seeding over gravel like that. Seed to soil contact is key!
Welcome to IAHP.. 

While I can't speak of what to use or what is approved, however, I would suggest you submit any product you use for approval prior to applying.  Sounds like Iowa has requirements for approved vendors and wants to make sure you are putting down products that meet their minimum requirements. 

Try to have a serious conversation with the head inspector to make sure you are both on the same page. 

And good luck.

My partner and I are just getting started hydroseeding and it's looking like one of our first jobs is going to regulated to these standards.
To anyone that is familiar with these, which seed mixtures did you like using (must comply with type I and type II standards)? Which fertilizers do you recommend? We were planning on using a product from VSI that was a tack/fert mix but I'm not sure the fert will comply with the standard, the product is called 1-2 punch. We plan on using a 50/50 wood/paper mix for our mulch, I'm thinking Easy Mix blend from Profile.

Here is a link to the 9010 standards

Also any advice for someone starting out would also be appreciated!
Home owner / Customer Questions / Help / Re: New hydro seed job - have questions
« Last post by landscaper1009 on Thu June 22, 2017, 10:27:34 AM »
Let me say, I'm not sure exactly what was communicated between you and the contractor, but looking at  your pictures, I'd say the job was OK as far as coverage, but poorly done where they just seeded over the gravel. 

I've always seen the sprinkler heads were level with the surrounding soils.
Home owner / Customer Questions / Help / New hydro seed job - have questions
« Last post by tmhollywood on Wed June 21, 2017, 07:21:53 PM »
So I hired a company to remove all of the turf in my back yard and hydro seed. Hydro seeding was finished yesterday. They also installed some new sprinkler heads and marked them all with flags.  This afternoon, after it had a chance to dry I walked the perimeter of the yard to pull the flags (so they wouldn't interfere with the watering) and noticed a few things that concerned me.  I'm not sure if these are typical things, but from the research I've done online they are not.  I'm looking for a second, professional opinion.

For starters they did not bring in any additional topsoil after removing the existing top layer of grass/weeds.  I'm attaching pictures of some of the areas that caught my attention.....they hydro seeded over gravel areas, large rocks (bigger than my fist) and sticks/branches.  Also left exposed sprinkler heads above the soil. 

Any thoughts on whether this is typical, or is this shoddy work?
The Hydro Seeding Lounge / Re: Great to be green and slimy again.
« Last post by Turboguy on Wed June 21, 2017, 04:23:10 PM »
Hi Steve,

Welcome back to the effort to make the world a little greener.  I believe you were not only one of our original members but an officer for a while as well.  It is nice to see you back.
The Hydro Seeding Lounge / Great to be green and slimy again.
« Last post by Baystate Hydroseed on Wed June 21, 2017, 02:25:36 PM »
Been a while but I still remember Ray, Tony D and Kevin. I was fortunate enough to be one of the original members of the IAHP
and I'm excited to be back at it.

Steve Thomas
Baystate Hydroseed , President
"From Newburyport to Cape Cod.
Finn Questions / Re: Want to buy another Finn
« Last post by Turboguy on Wed June 14, 2017, 12:34:56 PM »
That looks like a really fine unit that should do a great job for you for a long time.   Congratulations. 
Finn Questions / Re: Want to buy another Finn
« Last post by HydroRI on Tue June 13, 2017, 10:54:48 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. I could not pass up the special Finn was offering in March for the free stainless steel upgrade. I am also very happy with the front load option.
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