The process of getting grass to grow can be quite lengthy and hectic. It does not help that the construction works going on render your land not suitable for vegetation growth. However, a new technique called hydroseeding is slowly replacing the traditional sodding and broadcasting processes. Hydroseeding produces desirable results, and it has a quicker turn-around time.
What Is Hydroseeding?
It is a process that involves creating a mixture of seed, fertilizer, mulch, and soil additives. The slurry is then sprayed to the soil via a high-pressure system. Most hydroseed contractors will add an organic tackifier that allows the seed to ‘stick’ to the mulch. The natural ‘glue’ prevents seeds from washing away when it rains.
Moreover, a natural and eco-friendly colorant is added to the mixture to increase visibility. The dye fades away with time but plays a crucial role. The visibility during application prevents over-spraying making the method cost-effective. It also prevents bare spots as every soil patch is covered.
Now that you know the process, here are some advantages of hydroseeding you may appreciate.
A Viable Green Stabilization Technique
Hydroseeding improves the quality of your soil within a short period. Construction sites and sections around permanent buildings usually have poor soil due to erosion of the topsoil or due to soil hardening. The hydroseeding process adds natural soil conditioners that encourage faster growth of seeds. The additives alter physical and chemical compositions of your soil, allowing vegetation to take root in less than a week.
Utilizes Native Grass Species
Hydroseeding allows the use of native grass seeds during application. The grasses offer several advantages over exotic breeds typically found in sodding. First, the local grass species acclimatizes to the environment faster, promoting higher germination rates. Secondly, native species require less frequent watering compared to the exotics as they have adapted to the climate over time. Natural grasses also have a deep root system making them suitable for slopes.
Another benefit of hydroseeding is preventing soil erosion. Hydrograss germinates quickly and is, therefore, able to cover the land faster. When planted near buildings, the vegetation reduces splash effects that erode your topsoil. It is advisable to grade the soil, so it drops a minimum of two inches per 100 feet. The slope allows the water to drain away from the building. You can also use hydroseeding to restore vegetation on sloping land. The grid system used will prevent further erosion by water or wind agents.
Weeds will not only destroy the aesthetics of your lawn but also affect its biodiversity. Unwanted plants affect biodiversity when they compete with native vegetation. Overpowering the natural grasses leads to increased soil erosion as the soil is left bare and/or with patches. Hydroseeding can limit weed growth due to high germination rates. The hydroseed mixtures are also monitored to ensure they do not contain foreign seeds that would otherwise enable the propagation of harmful weed seeds.
Hydroseeding is quick to apply and provides fast solutions to spaces that need urgent intervention. The method is eco-friendly, allowing for increased vegetative cover. Hydrograss technologies can also help you eradicate erosion problems on your lawn.