What Is Hydroseeding?
If you’re looking to quickly grow a healthy lawn, it’s hard to beat hydroseeding.
Hydroseeding works exactly as it sounds a liquid mix of grass seed and other compounds designed to promote a healthy lawn are mixed together and sprayed out of a hose..
Hydroseeding is becoming more common especially with commercial landscaping companies. But, this ingenious method of sowing grass seed over a large area has been around since the 1940s.
The discovery is credited to the Connecticut Highway Department. After struggling to grow grass on the hills and valleys of the Connecticut landscape, a creative member of the highway department came up with the idea of mixing grass seed and water together.
As they say, the rest is history. We are thankful for that clever member of the Connecticut Highway Department. Hydroseeding is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to create a beautiful, healthy lawn.
For those of us who lack patience, hydroseeding is the best way to go about willing a lush, healthy lawn.
To find a skilled hydroseeding contractor will recommend taking a look at the International Association of Hydroseeding Professionals contractor locator.
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Grass Seed with Speed
If patience isn’t your strong suit, hydroseeding might be the best way for you to get your lawn back in shape.
Seeds sown with hydroseeding tend to take hold and sprout much more quickly. The nutrients contained in the mixture go a long way toward contributing to a vital, healthy lawn.
Fight Back Against Erosion
Plants with healthy, robust root systems are one of the biggest keys to eradicating erosion. Hydroseeding and erosion are mortal enemies.
The nutrients and water in the slurry foster quick germinating plants. Root systems will take hold more quickly, anchoring the topsoil.
Erosion can leave you with some treacherous terrain. Hydroseeding makes it easier to get uniform coverage across the ground even in areas where losing your footing can pose a big problem.
Plants Need Water Too
Hydroseeding slurries can typically hold their weight in water. The moisture rich environment coupled with the mulch and other additives make it easier for root systems to anchor deep into the ground.
It does little good to have grass grow quickly if it doesn’t have a strong root system to fight stress and other negative environmental factors.
A Perfect Fit for Any Property
When you get right down to it, there’s not many situations where hydroseeding wouldn’t be a good option.
Hydroseeding is great for covering a large area thanks to the spray on application process. It’s also a good approach for rejuvenating bare spots.
Even if you’re working on a relatively small piece of property hydroseeding is still a good call.
Winning the War on Weeds
Weeds are more than just an eyesore. They can outcompete grass for soil space. They can also cause a case of erosion to get worse.
Fast Quick germination helps to stamp out weeds before the quick growing, invasive plants can get started.
Premium seed mixtures are used for most hydroseeding applications. Property owners can enjoy peace of mind knowing there aren’t any fillers or weeds mixed in with their grass seeds.
Boosting Soil Quality
Creating your own slurry gives you the flexibility to add in just about any ingredient you wish. You can quickly apply nourishing ingredients to not only improve the health of your grass but to also improve the health of nearby plants.
How Does Hydroseeding Work?
Hydroseeding may sound intimidating, but the concepts are relatively simple and easy to understand.
- The soil is prepped. Soil samples can be taken to ensure you’re starting out with a hospitable environment.
- The ground may need to be graded. The slurry is primarily made of water. Before you start applying, it’s a wise move to make sure there are no nearby structures that could suffer water damage.
- Ingredients for the slurry are mixed together. TIt’s common for other nutritious ingredients to be included along with the grass seed.
- It’s time to spray. Once all the prep work is taken care of, the fun begins. It’s time to break out the equipment and broadcast the slurry across the property.
- After wrapping up the hose there is still quite a bit of work to be done. Like any newly planted lawn, hydroseeded lawns still need a little TLC to get going. (More on that in the next section)
DIY or Go with a Pro?
Tips for DIYers
If you’re a diehard do-it-yourselfer, there are certainly options for hydroseeding your own lawn. You’ll likely be able to buy the necessary hardware at a local brick-and-mortar store. You may even be able to rent the equipment for a few days.
Making Your Own Slurry Recipe
There’s nothing stopping you from making your own slurry. Here’s an easy-to-follow all-purpose recipe.
How to Prep for Hydroseeding
There’s a lot that goes into prepping your property for a hydroseeding application. It’s not just as simple as mix, point, and spray.
If you are convinced hydroseeding on your own is the way to go, here’s a list of everything you need to do to prep your property.
Reasons to Go with a Pro
To find the secret sauce, you need to consider the type of grass growing, and soil conditions, type of terrain, and many other factors.
Experience is the key to a job well done. Not only will the pros have the right equipment for the job, but their hydroseeding techniques are also likely to be more effective.
The specialized equipment and know-how required for a successful application mean it might be necessary to look beyond your everyday, local landscapers.
If hydroseeding is for you but doing it yourself is not, we suggest finding a landscape and lawn care company that specializes in hydroseeding. Whether you’d like help maintaining fountains and waterfalls or you need help designing a landscape, the experts at Warren Professional Services LLC will be there for you.
The specialized equipment and technique require a pro with plenty of experience under their belt.
Find a Hydrotreating Contractor Near You
To find an experienced contractor in your area, check out the find a contractor page from the International Association of Hydroseeding Professionals.
If you are in St Charles, Warren, Lincoln, Montgomery, and Boone Counties in Missouri, you can give us a call and we can help you with your hydroseeding and other lawn and landscaping needs.
Like most services, the cost of a hydroseeding treatment varies from contractor to contractor. On average, you can expect to pay about $1000 for the application.
When comparing sod to hydroseeding, expect sod to cost about twice as much as hydroseeding.