What You Should Know About Hydroseeding

Have you ever envied your neighbor's lawn and wondered how his grass remains healthy and vibrant year-round? If you're in the process of building a lawn, it's best to research various planting methods, types of grass and soil, maintenance requirements, etc. While there are advantages to laying sod and dry-seeding techniques, hydroseeding is also an effective approach that will transform your lawn into one that's equally-if not more-beautiful than your neighbor's.

What Is Hydroseeding?

Effective and efficient, hydroseeding is growing in popularity amongst homeowners and those in the landscaping business. Seed, fertilizer, water and fiber mulch are all combined in a tank and then sprayed onto a prepared lawn using a hose. The wet fiber mulch binds with the soil, provides the seeds with added moisture and nutrients (especially during its own decomposition period), and protects the mixture from sunlight, erosion and other environmental elements. With hydroseeding, the growth is fast due to the breakdown of the mulch; the application is easy; and the cost is reasonable.

Advantages of Hydroseeding

  • Hydroseeding is ideal for large lawns. In fact, aircraft application is utlized for vast areas (i.e. commercial sites, golf courses, areas burned from forest fires).
  • Hydroseeding controls erosion and improves the quality of the soil.
  • Lawns that are sloped, hilly or uneven greatly benefit from hydroseeding.
  • Hydroseeding is less expensive than laying sod.
  • Lawn growth is quick with hydroseeding.
  • The fiber mulch in the mixture provides additional nutrients and moisture to the seeds, allowing for a healthy lawn from the start.

Disadvantages of Hydroseeding

  • Hydroseeding can be more expensive than other traditional planting techniques, such as dry-seeding.
  • Hydroseeding requires specialized equipment, so if you're hoping to do the job yourself, it might be best to opt for another method of planting.
  • Oftentimes, hydroseeding companies only offer a few types of fertilizers and grasses from which to choose.

Soil Preparation for Hydroseeding

The soil must be properly prepared when hydroseeding. First, the soil should be free of debris. Then, the soil must be plowed and spread with fertilizer (the state of your soil will determine how much fertilizer you will need to use). Once you've tilled the soil, smooth out the area for a level surface, and then gently pack and moisten it. Hydroseeding is best performed during the fall, spring and early days of summer. If you're still uncertain which method of planting is best, call a lawn care professional who can give more information and advice. But, rest assured that hydroseeding is an inexpensive, fast and easy planting technique that bestows a beautiful, dark-green lawn (and one that will cause your neighbor to be green with envy!).
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