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WHAT IS HYDROSEEDING?
HydroSeeding which is sometimes also called hydraulic mulch seeding, hydro-mulching, or hydraseeding) is a planting process in which a slurry containing seed, hydro seeding mulch, fertilizer and a tackifier (bonding agent) is sprayed onto the ground. The slurry is transported in a truck or trailer mounted tank to the job site and sprayed over prepared ground in a uniform layer. In remote areas hydro seeding is sometimes also done using helicopter. Hydro seeding offers many advantages to the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed. It promotes quick germination and inhibits soil erosion. It is also a very cost effective alternative to sod and offers a significant cost savings as well as many other benefits.
HOW HYDROSEEDING WORKS
Virtually any grass or erosion control seed that can be planted by seed can be hydro seeded. This includes any sun or shade lawn seed, athletic field mixes, pasture mixes, native grasses, wildflowers, roadside mixes and erosion control mixes. The nutrient rich slurry helps promote fast germination. The hydro seeding mulch helps keep the soil moist to enable the seed to germinate quickly and unlike straw or hay contains no weed seed. The tackifer in the mix acts like a glue to hold the mulch in place and to help prevent washout in the case of heavy rains.
ADVANTAGES OF HYDROSEEDING OVER BROADCAST (DRY) SEEDING
Better moisture retention
Better seed to soil contact
Hydro seeding mulch contains no weed seed unlike straw or hay
Better results at a similar cost
Areas such as hillsides and narrow areas that are difficult or impossible to dry seed can be done easily
No straw or netting to remove
One step and very uniform application
Holds soil in place better than dry seeding
ADVANTAGES OF HYDROSEEDING OVER SOD
Sod provides instant gratification but there are advantages to hydro seeding over sod. As someone once commented, hydro seeding is a lot like sod but you eliminate the middle man.
The advantages of hydro seeding over sod are:
You can have a sod quality lawn in a few weeks for less than 1/3 the cost of sod
Both hydro seeding and sod require watering but the watering requirements for hydro seeding are less
Hydro seeding grows the lawn on your soil and is not a different soil that is transplanted
The problem of sod not “taking” is eliminated.
With sod the roots are cut very short and the sod goes through some shock during shipment and installation