Whether you are putting in a new lawn or repairing worn patches on an existing one, you might give hydroseeding a try. Originally designed for large volume commercial use, the seed mixture is catching on in the residential market. Below is a brief description of hydroseeding and three reasons why you might consider it for your reseeding needs.
What is Hydroseeding?
Hydroseeding is the application of lawn seed using a spray delivery system The seeds are mixed with fertilizer and a mulch usually made of wood chips or cellulose fibers. Most brands color the mixture green, which helps you see where you've applied the solution. On large jobs, such as seeding a golf course or to restoring a burned out area, the mulch is usually stored in large tankers and delivered using high pressure hoses. For residential use, the mixture is stored in portable containers that have the delivery system attached. All you need to do is provide the water source.
Three Reasons to Consider Hydroseeding
The lawn area must still be prepared by aerating the soil, usually with a rototiller, and then smoothing out the area until it is flat and even. Then it's a matter of hooking up the sprayer and covering the space. If you are reseeding parts of an existing lawn that has worn spots, the affected areas should be similarly prepared before spraying. That bright green dye lets you know if you've "missed a spot."
Lawns Grow in Faster
Hydro-seeded lawns tend to grow faster and more evenly than dry-seeded ones. In some cases the seeds germinate within three to five days. Birds don't seem to like the mulch mixture so you won't have them eating the seeds. Your lawn will come in more evenly. Make sure the mulch gets plenty of water, especially during the first couple of weeks. Manufacturers recommend watering at least two or three times a day during that period and then once a or twice a day for the next two weeks. Don't over-water; puddles slow down the germination process.
Great for Intricate Landscaping Layouts
Hydroseeding makes it easier to create a lawn in areas with intricate layouts. For example, you may have an abundance of flowers in your yard, either in one big patch or in several smaller ones. You want your lawn to cover the empty spaces. Hydroseeding makes it easier to direct the seed where you want. Create lawn areas between several smaller flower beds or design a decorative edge for a single larger bed, such as one running the length of a yard, perhaps along a fence. If you've installed pathways, perhaps of cinder stone or crushed rocks, it's easier to spray around them as well.
For more information, contact Hydrograss Technologies or a similar company.