Hydroseeding has recently started to gain attention from homeowners who want a new approach to a beautiful lawn, especially in large areas that are difficult to seed. Unlike laying sod or applying dry seed, this seeding method uses a sprayer to spread grass seed, fertilizer, water, and other chemicals at one time to create healthy topsoil for your new lawn to grow.
The process of hydroseeding combines grass seed, water, fertilizer, mulch, and a bonding agent into a large tank to create a sort of loose slurry. This mixture is then sprayed directly onto the soil using a discharge nozzle. It’s an alternative to both laying down sod and conventional dry-seed application, in which seed, fertilizer, and mulch are applied individually and then watered.
- Cost effective: Hydroseeding a large area is less expensive than sodding with mature grass.
- Quality grass: Hydroseed mixtures coat grass seed in mulch and fertilizer, so seeds germinate faster than with other methods.
- Erosion control: Hydroseed holds moisture and protects against erosion from wind, rain, and pests.
- Weed prevention: Hydroseed mixtures contain fewer weed seeds, and grass seed is coated in a slurry to help germinate and stamp out weeds while growing.
- Professional application: A professional hydroseeding company can apply the hydroseed mixture quickly.
Hydroseeding is more effective than dry seed and more affordable than turf. Homeowners can purchase hydroseeding kits online, or hire a landscaping company to treat the yard. Hydroseeding is handy for:
- Large slopes on construction sites
- Seeding in places that would be difficult to seed manually
- Highway medians
- Revegetating burned areas
- Playing fields
- Large grassy areas around industrial complexes, office parks and schools
- Stabilizing waterside slopes
- Homes with large yards
Types of Hydro Grass Seed Used in Hydroseeding Slurry
Hydro grass seed is not a type of grass seed, but rather a way of distributing the seed. As such, virtually any seed can be selected as spray-on grass seed. Selecting the appropriate grass species depends largely on the climate.
- Fescue: This cool-season grass is one of the most common in the country because it has a deep root system that allows it to adapt to a variety of climates. Fescue is used on lawns to control erosion on slopes and in high traffic areas, such as playing fields, making it an ideal spray-on grass seed.
- Perennial ryegrass: Ryegrass is characterized by its bright green color and coarse texture. It germinates faster than other grass types, which is suitable for achieving erosion control.
- Kentucky bluegrass: Kentucky bluegrass is prized for its lush deep green appearance, which makes it ideal for use as a liquid lawn seed. It’s expensive, is tougher to grow than some grasses, and requires a lot of maintenance, which is why it’s mainly used for premium residential lawns.
- Centipede grass: Centipede grass has a light green color and coarse texture. It consists of blades that sprout from above-ground stems. This warm-season grass is very heat tolerant and requires little maintenance, making it a good option for erosion control or residential lawns.
- Zoysia: Zoysia is a warm-season grass that is bright green in the summer and goes dormant and turns brown in the winter. The grass is valued for its ability to choke out weeds and endure high traffic, making it ideal for use as a liquid lawn seed. It grows slowly, making it a poor choice for erosion control.
- Bermuda grass: This warm-season grass is drought resistant, grows faster than any other grass type, can tolerate many soil types, and grows well from seed, and is one of the most popular species for hydroseed grass. Bermuda grass is bright green in the summer but goes dormant and turns brown in the winter.
- Wildflower: This alternative to spray grass seed consists of a mix of drought-tolerant wildflowers. These flowers grow densely enough to prevent erosion on slopes and hilltops while beautifying the area.
The best places to hydroseed the lawn include large areas, slopes, and other areas where you need erosion control.
Hydroseeding isn’t the most economical approach for a small area due to its specialized equipment cost. (For reference, each tank of hydroseed can cover up to 3,500 square feet or more.) Ideal areas for hydroseeding include:
- Large areas with 3,500 square feet of lawn or more.
- Steep slopes where sod lawn or other germination techniques won’t work.
- Areas with lots of soil erosion from wind, water, or pests.
The value of hydroseeding is in the labor savings, as it doesn’t require an entire landscaping crew to spend hours applying seed, fertilizer, water, and mulch. Instead, the materials are applied in a single pass in just a few minutes to areas that may be difficult to address otherwise.
Water soon and frequently after hydroseeding.
A hydroseeded lawn requires a lot of water during the early stages. Keeping the seedbed moist for an extended period of time can be a time-consuming, pricey proposition.
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