When Soil Tech first introduced industrial hydroseeding, many developers wondered why it was necessary, especially in the desert climate. What they soon came to realize was that not only this technique was economical, it helped created beautiful and sustainable landscapes.
How does it work?
Commercial hydroseeding is a process by which seed, water, fertilizer, fiber mulch and sometimes lime are blended together in a tank and applied onto a prepared lawn area through a spraying hose. Once sprayed, the wet fiber mulch creates a bond to the soil and provides the seeds with a water-retaining blanketing coat while protecting it from sunlight, wind and erosion. As the grass seeds begin to germinate, the fiber mulch will slowly decompose adding nutrients to the soil. Mulch acts as a sponge to help retain moisture, it gives the seed a better chance for germination and reduces the amount of water needed for establishment.
What if it takes too long?
Some developers want to see immediate results around their properties, and that is understandable. In such cases, industrial hydroseeding can be combined with other techniques, such as planting sod in the primary areas and using hydroseeding in the secondary, also larger, areas. This technique allows to save money and create a sustainable landscape.
Does it save on labor?
Absolutely. A hydroseeder reaches up to 200 feet and can quickly service a vast area, which would take days to cultivate with other types of seeders. Commercial hydroseeding also doesn’t require any soil preparation, which also saves resources.
Does hydroseeding reduce dust?
Yes. Because the particles are bonded together, it coats surfaces and stays in place even during a storm. It is often used as a method of erosion control especially on slopes and hills.
Soil Tech is the leader in environmental restoration in the greater Southwest. It provides soil mitigation, native plant solutions, commercial hydroseeding and color mitigation services. For more information, visit us online at www.soil-tech.com.