Explore Plants

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 

Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

rate this answer
1 rating

Saturday - February 04, 2012

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Planting, Drought Tolerant, Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Can Habiturf be planted by hydroseeding from Austin?
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

We are thinking about seeding our lawn with HABITURF. Could you provide any input on whether HABITURF can be planted by hydroseeding? Thanks!

ANSWER:

First, please read our How-To Article Native Lawns: Habiturf-the Ecological Lawn. From that article, we extracted this paragraph:

"Sow.
Sow the seed —the small, hand-cranked seed broadcasters are great— and rake and press with a garden roller or your feet. Seeds need good soil contact. Early spring is the best sowing time once soil temperatures warm up. Later in the growing season will work but will require more water. Avoid mid-summer and winter."

We're not going to say that means it can't be hydroseeded but it does mean that we have no research results on that process with Habiturf. Because we were not personally familiar with the hydroseeding methods, we did some research to which we can refer you.

From the website All About Lawns Planting by Hydroseeding. There were several other articles, but they generally said about the same thing. Unless you are planting new lawns on a university campus, we think that the recommended method from our grass experts will be less expensive and more effective.

 

More Drought Tolerant Questions

Five-eight foot hedge for north Texas
September 06, 2013 - I am looking to find a fairly large (preferably flowering) shrub / hedge to go along 100 feet of fence. The plants will be facing Northeast, but will be for the most part under the branches of crape m...
view the full question and answer

Planting Suggestions for a Lake Home in Wayne County, MO
April 03, 2014 - We have a lake home in Wayne County, MO at Lake Wappapello. The soil is very rocky. We recently cleared an area around our home of assorted dead trees, some cedars and what seemed like tons of vines. ...
view the full question and answer

Deer and Drought Resistant Natives for San Marcus, Texas
February 15, 2012 - Hi there, Do you have a list of plants and ground covers (deer/drought resistant) for the San Marcos area? Much as I love grass, it's impossible with this drought. I'd love to have lots of flowers ...
view the full question and answer

Erosion tolerant plants for shade from Kerrville TX
August 06, 2013 - We have just cleared a lot of cedar out of a small draw and would like to know the best groundcovers, shrubs, etc. to plant to hold the soil. Deep shade most of the day.
view the full question and answer

Native turf grass for acreage in Denison TX
January 27, 2014 - I have recently moved to Denison TX where we have 5+ acres of true crosstimbers land. I am looking for a native turf grass that will do well in sandy soil and with the water provided by nature. The m...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.