Hydroseeding is a planting process by which a seed slurry (usually a combination of water and seeds, possibly including fertilizer, mulch, tackifiers, and sometimes green dye) is sprayed over an area in order to seed it. This method is used as an alternative to traditional dry or broadcast seeding.
There are many advantages to hiring hydroseeding services, which transport slurry to your location in a tanker truck and then spray it over prepared ground. For one thing, hydroseeding is an ideal form of erosion control, which is probably why it is so popular for construction sites. It can be used as a means of preventing sediment runoff as part of stormwater management.
It also tends to be more effective (and cost-effective) than broadcast methods thanks to even distribution and faster growth. Plus, you’ll also enjoy a customized grass mixture that works for your soil and produces healthier, more durable coverage.
In short, hydroseeding is an excellent option that can go hand-in-hand with erosion control and dust palliative services to ensure that your soil stays right where it should – on your property. How can you ensure success with hydroseeding? Here are a few tips.
1. Prep Soil
If hydroseeding fails, it’s not usually because of the soil content, but rather the state of the soil. Construction tends to compact soil, which can cause difficulty for seeds trying to take root. Tilling, aerating, and/or adding compost to the soil prior to hydroseeding can increase the chances of successful germination.
2. Water Consistently
Although hydroseeded areas tend to require less water than broadcasting, you still need to make sure germinating seeds receive adequate water to grow and take root. In the beginning, it’s best not to let seedlings get too dry, which means watering twice a day, especially if the weather is warm. Once grass begins to grow you can taper off on watering.
3. Fertilize Regularly
Although there will likely be fertilizer mixed in with your slurry, you should add new fertilizer about a month after planting. Generally, this fertilizer is high in nitrogen, and after the initial application, it should be applied every 90-120 days (at the start of spring, summer, and fall). You may also want to apply an all-purpose fertilizer every 6-8 weeks.
4. Take Care of Your Lawn
Mowing is essential to keeping grass healthy and ensuring new growth, but you should let new grass grow to at least three inches in height before the first cut.
5. Hire Professional Help
Can you hydroseed on your own? You could, but just like you hire HVAC technicians, anti icing services, and other trained professionals for specialized tasks, you should probably spring for a reputable and reliable hydroseeding service to get the job done right.