Hydroseeding or hydromulching is a grass planting procedure which uses a slurry of mulch and seed. The slurry may also include other ingredients like fertilizer, green dye and tackifying agents. The mixture is contained in a tank or large container that is either mounted on a truck or trailer. Then, the slurry is sprayed over the ground. Aircraft application is also ideal for spraying over larger areas of land.
The United States started using hydroseeding for commercial use during the early 1950s. It was later introduced in United Kingdom on the beginning of the 1960s. From that point forward, the process of hydroseeding has been used all around the world to grow grass on commercial sites, lawns, golf courses and areas too large to suit other planting methods. Here are some reasons why many people prefer hydroseeding over traditional forms of seeding.
1. Quicker Results
With proper watering and a ground temperature of more than 62 degrees, an area that has been sprayed with a seed and mulch slurry will begin to grow grass in as early as 7 days. Under normal conditions a new lawn can be grown in as fast as 3-4 weeks.
Hydroseeding typically costs less than sodding but costs more than the regular seeding process. Sods usually cost 3 to 5 times higher than the hydroseeding method. Even if you put the sod yourself, purchasing it is still quite expensive. But if you need to hire someone to install the sod, the labor cost would easily make sodding unsuited for larger areas.
3. Erosion Control
Spraying the seed and mulch slurry over hillsides and sloping lawns is an effective way of controlling erosion.
4. Healthier Growth
Because hydromulched grass grows from the soil you spray the mulch over, it does not undergo transplant shock that usually happens when the soil is different from the first soil that the sod was planted in. Furthermore, sod may dry out during transport and when subjected to longer installation times. Hydromulched lawns also grow healthy and effectively crowd out weeds and fight diseases.
5. Even Distribution
In the traditional methods of establishing a lawn, it is difficult to see which areas are already covered and which areas aren’t. This often results to an uneven and clumpy growth effect. In hydroseeding, this will never be a problem. The dye that is usually included in the slurry allows you to instantly see the progress of the seeding, making it possible to have 100% coverage.
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