Many of our clients know that one of the simplest ways to add curb appeal to a property is through proper installation and maintenance of a thick, lush lawn — but what many don’t know is the newer technology of hydroseeding, which is an outstanding alternative to traditional seeding and sodding. It can be a slightly more expensive way to go compared to some of the alternatives, but the results speak for themselves in a richer, lusher lawn that is easier to install. Some clients choose to apply hydroseeding alongside sod because they want a completed lawn more quickly and there is less maintenance involved in making sure that the process is successful. By nature, hydroseeding is also easier to apply at the chosen lawn area because it doesn’t require much manpower or extended labor to put in.
How It Works
Hydroseeding services require a landscaper to mix various ingredients together, including water, fertilizer, seed, fiber mulch and lime, which is then sprayed through a hose onto an area of land that has been prepared for growth. After the mixture is laid down, the wet mulch attaches itself to the soil and acts a shield for the seeds, keeping them away from sunlight and providing erosion control so they can properly germinate. When that process begins to happen, the mulch starts to disintegrate and provides much needed nutrients into the soil.
The Benefits of Hydroseeding
Hydroseeding is a service that any business can provide since it doesn’t require licensing or certification. There are many landscapers and contractors who have added it to their repertoire, but most of them usually start to provide that service once they find there is enough demand from customers. It does require some financial investment in order to purchase the proper hydroseeding equipment necessary.
But those who have added it as a full-time component of their business model claim that the lawns are not only faster to grow, they found that they could install a lawn just about anywhere they wished. Grass can begin to appear in as little as 3-7 days and hydroseeding allows for the use of more than just one seed in a mixture in order to meet the requirements of the lawn area. Shading, high traffic walkways, poor storm water management, even the type of soil can all dictate what kind of seed to use.
This gives you more freedom of choice as opposed to other traditional growing methods. Hydroseeding is also better for the environment because sod can be displaced and not take to the soil, getting washed away in a storm, while seed and straw can get blown around and create particulates in the air that are unhealthy to breathe. None of those things are a problem with hydroseeding.