Optimize Your Olympia, Yelm, Puyallup or South Puget Sound Area Lawn for Healthy Seed Germination & Lawn Growth with Our Expert Hydroseeding Preparation Advice

A lawn ready for Hydroseeding - Serving Olympia, Yelm, Puyallup & Greater South Puget Sound Since 2003 Nichols Hydroseeding has served the Thurston, Pierce, Lewis and South King County area with expert new lawn creation and existing lawn reseeding since 2003. Depending on the soil conditions, grade, and the amount of sunlight on your property, our expert staff can advise the best way to prepare before seeding. Our custom-mixed hyrdroseed slurry formulated for your particular site will yield optimal results when the site is correctly prepared before application. Trust the pros at Nichols to guide your hydroseeding preparation, then watch your property turn your neighbors green with envy!

Soil Depth

For best results on new lawn installations, three to six inches of top soil applied and raked to final grade is optimum. While there is variance depending upon each specific landscape, our general rule is to apply 10-12 yards of topsoil per 1,000 square feet. But before top soil goes on, application of a broad spectrum, chemical-free weed control is advised, which leaves minimal residual effects in the soil.


Raking and leveling of the soil to slope it away from the home or building is important to keep water from pooling close to foundations. Lawn edges should be graded to ¼” below sidewalk, patio and driveway edges for a smooth and seamless transition from lawn to hard surface areas.


For best results, the soil should be compacted to the right firmness before hydroseed is applied. Spraying onto soil that’s too tightly compacted can lead to shallow root development and poor nutrient intake, leaving it prone to erosion from rainfall or overwatering. The right firmness should leave a ¼-inch deep print when stepping onto it. See our hydroseeding maintenance section to learn about methods like mulching and tilling to keep soil ‘loosely firm’ year-round.

Two Lawns ready for Hydroseeding - Optimize Your Olympia, Yelm, Puyallup or South Puget Sound Area Lawn for Healthy Seed Germination

Attention Paid to Hydroseeding Preparation Yields beautiful Results

We’ve seen all sorts of lawn site conditions in our almost two decades in business.  If the site is significantly in need of prep work, moving ahead with hydroseeding usually (not always) yields disappointing results. The lawn pros at Nichols Hydroseeding are happy to do a virtual site inspection to determine what hydroseeding preparation should be done. Just call us, or email us some photos or a video with your contact information, and we’ll let you know what should be done before we arrive to do the seeding. Give us a call today!

Expert Advice on Hydroseeding Preparation from Lawn Care Pros Serving the South Puget Sound Area

Serving Thurston, Pierce, Lewis & South King Counties including Auburn, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Covington, Dupont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Fife, Fort Lewis, Graham, Kent, Lacey, La Grande, Lakewood, Maple Valley, Milton, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Puyallup, Rainier, Roy, South Hill,  Spanaway, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, Tenino, Tumwater, University Place, Waller & Yelm