What is hydroseeding? It’s the process of combining the correct recipe of grass seed, fertilizer, mulch, tackifier and dye with the appropriate amount of water and spraying the application on the ground surface in a uniform manner to create a mat or blanket effect. Hydroseeding is an innovative solution to erosion control, grass seeding, re-vegetation, dust control, reclamation, or landscaping and can be used in all types of applications.
It’s an exceptional choice for many different types of projects, including residential and commercial grass seeding, slope protection and ditch erosion control, and site reclamation. Hydroseeding is a fast, easy and economical alternative to sod and has many advantages over the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed.
So how does it work? The nutrient rich slurry helps promote germination, the mulch provides cover and helps retain moisture, the special fertilizer promotes root growth and the tackifier in the mix acts like a glue to hold everything in place and to help prevent washout in the case of a heavy rain. The grass seed blend options are endless. Options include grass seed blends optimized for full shade to full sun, blends designed for sports fields, horse pastures, wildlife food plots, wildflowers, native grasses, roadside ditches and erosion control.
The advantages of hydroseeding over broadcast seeding — quicker germination, thanks to the mulch, better moisture retention, areas susceptible to erosion that are difficult to dry seed are now easily seeded and soil is held in place better than dry seeding.
The advantages of hydroseeding over sod — if you have a show home and it needs to have a lawn tomorrow, there is no advantage. However, if you are willing to wait just a little, the advantages are as follows: sod quality lawn in a few weeks for less than half the cost, hydroseeding requires a lot less water to establish and grows a lawn in your soil and is not a transplant of shocked plants with very short roots. The ‘sod did not take’ problem is eliminated as the roots go into real soil faster and further, your lawn will be more drought resistant. Hydroseeding allows for mixing of blends for each specific location — do you know what seed blends are in the sod you bought? Hydroseeding also eliminates the backbreaking dirty job of laying sod by hand.
After hydroseeding with grass seed, your property will have a green appearance from the mulch in the spray mix. Depending on moisture, care and temperatures, the grass should begin to come up in 5 to 7 days and be ready for a trim in 4 weeks.