HydroSeeding

THE ADVANTAGES OF HYDROSEEDING:
Hydroseeding is a fast, cost effective way to have a new lawn. Hydroseeding typically costs only a little more than old fashioned methods using dry seeding techniques combined with a messy straw mulch. Hydroseeded lawns can be up to 75% cheaper than a typical sod lawn.

Since your new lawn will be sprayed on, the protective mulch covering provides an attractive green appearance. Plus the seeds used can be tailored to the conditions and requirements you have. Some of the factors that may go into the choice may be the amount of sun, shade, the terrain, and the type of soil you have.

Germination time will depend on the weather, the time of year, the amount of water, the area you live in and other factors. Usually grass will be visible in 5-7 days, but a few days slower in cold weather or the hottest part of summer.

You will be surprised how inexpensive it is to have a truly outstanding lawn.

ADVANTAGES OF HYDROSEEDING OVER SOD

1. COST: Sod is a good solution to the need for a new lawn, but it is expensive. Sod generally costs 3 to 5 times more than hydroseeding plus, hydroseeding will typically produce turf that is as nice looking as sod within a very short time and at a significant cost savings.
2. SOIL: With hydroseeding the new seedlings are grown on your soil. Sod can have a problem with the type of soil it was grown on not having sufficient compatibility with the soil it is planted on. This is called “not taking”. If you have ever seen sod that looks like it could be rolled right back up even years after it was planted, that is sod that did not take.
3. HEALTH: With sod, the roots are chopped off resulting in a less healty plant that takes time to regenerate the important water receptive roots.
4. INSTALATION: It is critical with sod to have it properly installed. Sod will shrink over the first month and if it is not installed properly gaps will open up between the sod rows. Grass may eventually fill in between these rows, but there will be obvious dips in the yard that catch on lawn mower wheels and remain visible.

Sod requires a lot of care but it can produce a beautiful lawn. The newest trend in developments is to use the expensive sod in the front yard only, then hydroseed the remainder of the landscape. This provides a beautiful lush landscape while limiting the time consuming care required to maintain sod.

HOW HYDROSEEDING WORKS:

Hydroseeding is really a pretty simple process. Water, seed, fertilizer and a protective mulch are mixed together in a sprayer tank and then sprayed onto the ground. The process of spraying allows for seed to be applied to many surfaces at many angles in both small and large areas.

Now with new roads being built through hills instead of over or around, conventional seeding techniques can not seed the steep slopes created during the construction. However, the use of a hydro seeder provides the answer. Steep slopes can be easily sprayed and costly erosion minimized.

WATER
Water in the mix acts as a carrier, and the contact of the seed with the water jump starts the growth process. When extra fast germination is desired, it is also possible to pre-germinate seed for even faster growth.

SEED
No special seed is needed in the use of a hydro seeder. Nearly any seed can be used and at the same application rate as other seeding methods. These can include grass or lawn seeds, wildflowers, pasture seed, seed for athletic fields and seeds for erosion control such as crown vetch.

FERTILIZER
Fertilizer is usually used in the mix. A high phosphorus “starter” fertilizer that will stimulate root growth is the most commonly used.

MULCH
Hydro seeding mulch is what gives it the green color. It does more than just make it pretty, it helps protect the seed while sealing in moisture. It may be made from a paper or wood product or a mix of the two. If any accidentally gets on your walkways, driveways or house, it will not stain and can be washed off.

OTHER PRODUCTS
Other products that may be added to a hydroseeding mix are products called tackifers that help hold the materials on a hillside in rainy conditions. They also help seal moisture in to the soil and lubricate the machine. A lime based product can be added if the soil’s pH needs correcting.

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