A Brief History of Hydrograss and How it Works

January 29th, 2019
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Lawn care poses a complex set of problems for homeowners, businesses, and governments depending on their location.

In areas like New England that get ample rainfall, lawn maintenance poses the main challenge. In water-poor regions like California, finding grasses with minimal water needs or alternative plants is the goal.

In coastal areas like Florida, however, erosion becomes the enemy of lawn care. Standard seeding approaches don't work well because the seed struggles to take root. 

Hydrograss offers a solution to this problem. Not familiar with hydrograss? Keep reading for a quick history of hydrograss and how it works. 

History

Most people give credit for hydroseeding or hydromulching to Maurice Mandell. Mandell was a Connecticut state highway worker in the 1940s.

He developed the original technique of mixing grass seed and water into a kind of slurry. The slurry was then sprayed onto steep hillsides near roads where traditional seeding methods failed.

Hydroseeding saw widespread use following the passage of The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. It helped create new vegetation cycles on areas devastated by surface strip mining. 

How It Works

Hydrograss is now a more sophisticated process than it was in the days of Maurice Mandell.

In addition to the grass seed and water, the mixture includes a binding agent. This helps secure the seed in the soil and keep the soil stable in place. The mixture may also include basic mulch that protects the seed and soil beneath.

With the soil more securely fixed, the grass can grow and put down roots that secure it in place. This makes it an ideal solution in areas where erosion or dusty soil make lawn growth difficult.

Benefits

In areas where revegetation is the priority, you can apply fast-growing grasses that create a more stable soil situation. That makes it possible for other native plants to take root and grow.

For businesses and homeowners, it lets them replace patchy lawns covered in multiple grass types with a single species. It also helps limit erosion and restore soil health.

It's especially practical for large scale seeding needs. For example, a business with acres of unsightly land can bring in a large sprayer truck. The truck can seed the entire area in a very short period of time compared with other methods.

It's also a practical solution for local or state governments with slope erosion problems near roadways.

Parting Thoughts on Hydrograss

Developing a beautiful and sustainable lawn often proves very difficult in areas with soil erosion. Hydrograss offers homeowners and businesses a solution to that problem.

The combination of grass seed, binding agents, and even mulches helps secure the soil and seed in place. That gives the grass time to set roots that stabilize the soil even more.

This allows for a normal vegetation cycle that enriches the soil and improves your lawn.

Hydrograss Technologies is an industry leader in soil erosion and dust control. For more information about our products and services, contact Hydrograss Technologies today.