Hydroseeding is a time-saving and cost-efficient alternative to traditional planting, but what exactly does it involve? Farmers start with a mixture known as slurry, which consists of water, soil amendments, fertilizer, mulch, and seeds. It’s placed inside a tank, and the mixture is applied to a surface at high pressure while being mixed evenly. This leads to faster germination and helps prevent erosion.
Through advanced hydroseeding, some lawns can sprout in about one week. However, it usually takes between two and three weeks for turf to germinate with standard methods. Sprouting begins after one or two weeks.
There are numerous benefits of hydroseeding:
- • Efficiency and speed — It can take months for lawns to germinate with conventional methods. That’s not the case with hydroseeding. You can achieve sprouting with minimal effort, reducing labor costs and other expenses associated with this process.
- • Exceptional versatility — Another great thing about hydroseeding is that it’s flexible. You can use hydroseeding with a variety of mixtures, not just standard slurry. As a result, hydroseeding is perfect for a range of projects, such as feeding livestock and seeding sports fields.
- • Controlling erosion — Sodding and some other seeding techniques can work great, but they fail to address erosion. You won’t have this issue with hydroseeding. By incorporating mulch into the mixture, it ensures the slurry adheres firmly to the surface. This procedure helps your seeds grow where you lay them and reduces the risk of erosion.
- • Premium quality — You might think hydroseeding produces inconsistent quality due to its affordability, but the reality is quite the opposite. In fact, it can sometimes outperform costlier seeding options because it promotes faster seed implantation and lowers the chances of seed rejection. Furthermore, your slurry can be comprised of virtually any grass type, allowing you to select the combination suitable for your application.
- • Hydroseeding is a cost-effective method.
- • Usually, hydroseeding will produce much better results with time and labor.
- • It’s worth it in the long run.
“This slurry was originally just seed and water, today there are a variety of additives added in order to ensure the seeds grow properly.”