Hydro-what? What in the world is hydroseeding? You've probably seen it but didn't know what to call it. If you've ever seen what looks like fuzzy green paint along the side of a road or surrounding a new building, you've seen hydroseeding.
But what does it do? Hydroseed machines mix together seed, water, fertilizer, tackifier (glue), and green wood fiber mulch to create a slurry. The slurry is sprayed on the ground with a high pressure hose which helps it to reach all kinds of terrain, like slopes, that may be difficult to reach. When the slurry dries, it creates a crust over the ground, protecting the area from erosion. The crust protects the seeds from being washed away in the rain or eaten by birds.
Fast Growing Grass
More importantly, the seeds are in constant contact with water and fertilizer, which helps them to sprout quickly and grow strong and healthy. The seeds are spread evenly and held in place, creating good coverage. A hydroseeded area typically has a good stand of grass in 2-3 weeks. All of these attributes have made hydroseed a popular choice for commercial and roadside applications for many years.
Hydroseed for Home Lawns
Now, hydroseed is becoming a more popular choice for lawn applications as well. Installing lawns by seed can cut the cost to less than 1/2.
Hydroseed for Existing Lawns
The great thing about hydroseed is that it is not just for new lawns. Hydroseed can be used to renovate or overseed an existing lawn as well. Homeowners who are not happy with their existing lawn can simply cut the grass short and have hydroseed sprayed right over the existing lawn. It will fill in weak spots and create a healthier overall lawn. The same process can be done in the fall with winter ryegrass for a green lawn all winter.
Grass seed isn't the only type of seed that can be applied this way. Wildflowers can be hydroseeded for a burst of color. Wildflower seed can be selected for full sun, shade, or part shade conditions. Wildflowers make a wonderful transition from a yard to a wooded area or in community areas of subdivisions. They will self-seed, creating a display for years to come. Wildflowers are typically hydroseeded in the fall or early spring.