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What is Hydroseeding? Trusted Regina Landscaping Pro's explain all about Hydroseeding

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. is a TRUSTED REGINA landscaping company who have helped many customers achieve the yards they have always dreamed of. 

In their latest article, they share some information on hydro seeding.

HYDROSEEDING 101

Hydroseeding, or Hydraseeding, is a technique that utilizes a slurry of seeds, mulch, and fertilizers, and it is an ideal way to revegetate large areas, and in fact many areas affected by forest fire or erosion can be seeded very rapidly using this technique. Here are some of the top questions Rapid get asked.


Is it Possible to Hydroseed Over Existing Lawn?

One of the biggest benefits of hydroseeding, of course, is that it can be used just about anywhere. Home/ acreage owners may use it to reseed their large lawns/ outdoor recreation spaces, and  commercial operators take advantage of the cost-effective nature of the process to quickly make any areas on their property look more lush.

In residential and smaller commercial applications the the hydroseed mixture is generally applied to a prepared area. However if you have a larger area that contains some grass or other vegetation we just need to be a little more careful during the seeding process if the area already has lawn or partial lawn.

The hydroseed mulch mixture is generally quite thick. This helps to protect the seeds during their germination phase. 

If there is an existing lawn in place and you still want to hydroseed over it, it is actually best to use a thinner mulch mixture when spraying. What you don’t want to do is completely cover the existing lawn areas and kill off the grasses. 

A thinner mulch mixture will mean that the seeds can still take root in the existing soil, but that the grasses already present will not be smothered.


What Is in the Hydroseeding Mixture and How Does it Work?

During the hydroseeding process, a special mixture is sprayed over an area and allowed to settle. The slurry that comprises the hydroseeding mixture is contained in a container and attached to a specially modified hose. As the water moves through the hose pipe, it picks up the hydroseed mixture and releases it through the nozzle of the hose.

See the video for an example of one of their machines at work.


Typically, the hydroseed mixture contains the following elements:
  • Seeds, usually grasses, that are ready to germinate
  • Cellulose fibers that form part of the protective mulch
  • Fertilizer that promotes seed germination and growth
  • Soil treating agents
  • Water
As the mixture is sprayed, the seeds are deposited on the soil surface and the mulch covers the seeds to form a protective layer. The included fertilizer promotes the germination of the seeds and provides the food required in the early stages of plant growth.

What Are The Benefits of Hydroseeding

In days gone by, revegetating a large area took a long time and was very labor intensive. This is not a cost-effective way to treat an area. Hydroseeding offers the following benefits:

Speed: Whether one is treating a small or a large area, as you can see in the video , the hydroseeding process is very rapid. This means that it saves both time and money.
Revegetation:  One of the biggest challenges that many communities face is the erosion of topsoils in what were once heavily farmed areas of land. Without grass or vegetation, the topsoil is prone to erosion. Hydroseeding is a great way to seed hardy and durable grass species over a large area very quickly and prevent further erosion of the soil. It is also a fantastic method of quickly revegetating damaged areas of land, such as those areas that have been ravaged by forest fires.

Environmental Benefits

Hydroseeding can ‘recover’ large areas of land as they can be seeded very quickly and cost effectively. The fertile mixture of mulch and seeds provides a bed upon which other plant life can grow and may even provide the basis upon which fauna returns to the area in order to feed and reproduce.

The Ideal Way to Seed New Plant Life
Hydroseeding is a fantastic method of repairing damaged soils and revegetating large areas. It is rapid, cost effective, and successful. 

Our professional Trusted Regina hydroseeding and landscaping team offers innovative re-vegetation, grass seeding, dust control, reclamation, landscaping and erosion control solutions and hydroseeding for all types of residential, commercial, government, industrial and oilfield projects.

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Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions a Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts share a great tip on the Benefits of Hydroseeding

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions in Regina is a family owned business that has helped their customers achieve sod quality lawns at less than half the price.They also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of all types of turf grass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products.

Rapid Lawn - The EASY and ECONOMICAL way to GROW GRASS

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions are your Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts!

 

Here they share a great tip on the Benefits of Hydroseeding:

 

Cost Effective

 

Hydroseeding is definitely the most economical choice for establishing the growing results desired without the expense, time consumption, material costs or installation demands of sodding or traditional hand seeding methods. A great looking lawn can also significantly increase the value of your home.

Hydroseeding typically costs 50-80% less than the price of sod, and coupled with labour charges, the overall expenses associated with sodding can be astronomical. With the savings in material costs and installation expenses, a lawn could be fully established for half the price of sod or less.

Hydroseeding is also the cost effective solution over hand seeding as well. While the average hand-sewn lawn takes about half the day, the same area can be hydroseeded to completion in about an hour to an hour and a half. While maintaining even more beautiful results, a healthier lawn, costs savings and faster germination, hydroseeding is truly the cost effective choice and wave of the future.

Quality

The lawn quality that hydroseeding affords is much healthier, greener and longer lasting than sodding or hand seeding applications. The root establishment is grown deeper into the soil and avoids the shock of being transplanted into foreign soils, which is what occurs with sod methods.

Hydroseeding typically yields superior results the first time it is installed and the seeds are more resistant to external problems because it has been adjusted to its present soil conditions. Hydroseeded soils hold moisture better than sod or hand seeded types, therefore the seeds can germinate quicker.

Additionally, hydroseeding includes fewer weed seeds, no layering of soils, and incorporates a tackifier coagulant that will not experience wash out. Consequently, it is fairly common for a peat moss covered seed to wash out in the event of moderate inclement weather.

With hydroseeding, it is possible to customize the application of different grass seed preferences to meet the quality expectations of the client’s aesthetic appeal, traffic needs and surrounding environments.

 

 

Coverage

Hydroseeding provides a thicker, more uniform lawn that essentially consists of a mat of interlocking fibers creating the ideal growing environment that doesn’t have the threat of seams showing as with sod or sparse, patchy areas with hand seeding. Hydroseeding creates an evenly covered area that forms a barrier to keep seed stabilized and retain moisture, fertilizer and other healthy growth-enhancing nutrients, while ultimately resulting in a full, lush lawn.

Other beneficial coverage advantages of hydroseeding are its ability to cover large, difficult and inaccessible areas, such as slopes, that are too steep for sod, hard seeding or mat applications. Coupled with increased plant survival and faster germination, hydroseeding is ideal for covering projects ranging from golf courses to roadside erosion control.

Erosion Control

Erosion control is the most prevalent reason for using hydroseeding in an effort to hold moisture and protect against erosion from wind, rain, sun and pests through the binding of seed, mulch, tackifiers and other soil conditioners that encompass the hydroseeding slurry to bind with the ground surface soil.

Versatility & Use

Hydroseeding has become increasing popular, overshadowing both hand seeding and sod, for a wide array of job sites and applications. Some of these uses include residential lawns, erosion control, hillside stabilization, vegetation restoration, wildfire repair, roadsides, national parks, soil renovation, landfills, city parks, airport dust control, and many other versatile uses.

Hydroseeding is used primarily to establish permanent lawns or landscaping, however it is also known for serving as temporary cover for dirt that will eventually be moved. One of the benefits of hydroseeding is that the seed varieties that are added to hydroseeding slurry mix are as unique and varied as the job sites themselves. It is accommodating to be able to mix and match different seed blends to satisfy the needs of the clients and job. One of the main separations between hydroseeding and other methods of seeding is its ability to economically seed large, hard-to-reach areas where alternative seeding methods may not be easily accomplished.

Health

Hydroseeding creates the ideal microenvironment for germinating seed because the slurry materials enhance the seeds germination process and stimulates the seeds to grow a healthy, deep-rooted system in the ground where moisture is at its greatest.

In comparison to sod, hydroseeding is grown right at ones home, rather than some distant sod farm, so the threat of transplant shock or soil adaptation problems are not an issue. A hydroseeded yard maintains full growth and resists disease and weeds.

Because the hydroseeding slurry is a combination of different elements to help maximize seed growth, each of those individual elements adds various benefits to the hydroseeding process. Mulch fiber helps prevent wind and water erosion, while simultaneously protecting the surface from sun damage and soil temperature fluctuation. Ultimately the mulch fiber decomposes and adds nourishment to the soil to enhance the germination process. Working together with the mulch, fertilizers have high phosphorus content to enhance the root growth and soil amendments improve the pH levels of the soil.

Traditional hand seeding methods will have considerably less grass growth than a hydroseeded yard because hydroseeding provides a moisture retaining mulch that allows the undisturbed seed to germinate and root faster.  

Speed

Although hydroseeding doesn’t afford the “instant lawn” gratification, such as sod, the combination of cost, quality, coverage, erosion control and health definitely tip the scales in favour of the plentiful benefits of hydroseeding.

Hydroseeding is faster and easier to install than sod, and this rapid application is managed without the downfall of outstanding labour expenditures. A properly hydroseeded and watered lawn will start to grow in about 7 days, and under normal conditions, will be fully established and ready to mow in 3-4 weeks. In comparison to other methods of seeding, seed applied in a hydroseeding mix will generally show growth and develop turf faster than if it was applied in a broadcast fashion.

Safety

Hydroseeding is a completely safe and non-toxic method of growing grass that is harmless to kids, pets, wildlife and the environment.

Labour

One of the major advantages of hydroseeding hydroseeding is simply manpower. In a typical hydroseeding application, one can fully depend on less than 3 men to accomplish what is would take 6 workers to fulfill given the same amount of work time using erosion blankets or sod. Not only is hydroseeding the ideal seeding application to attain a beautiful lawn at a fraction of the material cost and labour expenses as sod, but ultimately it requires very little intense labour to install.

In addition to sod, hand seeding can be even more labour intensive and physically demanding, and usually results in lumpy, inconsistent results that don’t warrant the challenge of the installation.

Water Retention

With hydroseeding’s ability to retain up to 10 times its weight in water, it’s definitely proved to be the best method for fast, healthy germination, high plant survival and protection of seeds with a moisture sealant. No other method of growing grass, whether sod or hand seeding, has the advantages of hydroseeding when it comes to water retention. In the hydroseeding mix, fiber mulch and tackifiers are used to anchor the mixture to slopes and help seal in moisture. The water is then slowly released, along with nutrients, to the root system to constantly replenish itself until the next rainfall. A hydroseeded ground starts growing grass from the root first, allowing the root system to go deep into the ground where moisture is at its greatest, making a very drought-tolerant lawn. On the contrary, when using sod, the ground has a difficult time establishing a root system making it weak in drought type conditions, and with hand seeding, the watering demands are twice as much as a hydroseeded lawn. 

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