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  Frequently Asked Questions about Hydroseeding

What is hydroseeding?

Why hydroseed?

What's in a hydroseed mixture?

What about Hydroseed watering requirements?

How do I find the right hydroseeding contractor?

How much does hydroseeding cost?

Sodding vs Hydroseeding?

Is hydroseeding used for erosion control?

Where can I buy/lease hydroseeding equipment?

Where can I find more information on hydroseeding?




 
What is Hydroseeding?

*Hydroseeding is a process that utilizes a mixed media of cellulose fiber, seed, fertilizer and water. After being thoroughly mixed into a soupy consistency, this media is sprayed on the lawn by machine. Sprouts will appear in as little as three days and a fully established lawn could be achieved in three weeks or less.

*From "Secrets to a Great Lawn" for more information go to
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Why Hydroseed?

Due to the affordable cost and versatility in application, hydroseeding is becoming more and more popular as an effective means of establishing new lawns, controlling erosion, and vegetating land after disasters such as wild fires and floods. In addition hydroseed requires less watering than sod. In some instances sod and conventional drill seeding are just not a viable options. Like in the situation of a wild fire. Many areas are raw undeveloped lands with steep / rugged terrane that make anything short of an aerial application impossible.

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*Advantages of Hydroseeding

  • Protection of seeds from heat and birds during germination process.
  • Soil temperature is maintained.
  • More even application of seeds than is possible with broadcast seeding.
  • Especially effective in keeping seeds from being washed away on slopes.
  • Provides added organic components to enrich the soil after the lawn is established.
  • No need to remove straw as is the case with broadcast seeding.
  • Retention of moisture as seeds sprout.
  • Allows for a better root formation as opposed to sodding.

*From "Secrets to a Great Lawn" for more information go to www.LawnCareBook.com to download your FREE copy of the complete book, "Secrets to a Great Lawn" (a $6.95 value)

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What's in a Hydroseed Mixture?    
   
The hydro-mulch makes up the bulk of the hydroseed mixture. Hydro-mulch can be made from a number of products. Most of the products used to manufacture hydroseeding mulch can be classified as organic, adding to the already staggering benefits of choosing hydroseeding for your next project..

Many forms of hydro-mulch exist today. One of the most common products used for residential lawns is a mixture of wood, cellulose fiber, and recycled paper. Other products include compost, cotton, and straw among others.

The hydro-mulch, seed, and fertilizer are mixed with water in the hydroseeding equipment, this gives the mixture a thick slurry like texture. The hydroseed mulch will act as a blanket to aid in the retention of moisture as the seeds sprout. It will also help shield the seed from heat and birds.


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How do I find the right hydroseeding contractor?    

   

Finding the right hydroseeding contractor can be a difficult task. First do some home work.
Find hydroseeding companies that offer a variety of turf species and the level of services you desire. Ask questions like... What products are used? What are the terms for payment of services? How long after installation before the hydro-seed application will be inspected? Is there any guarantee? Is the company a member of any professional lawn care associations, such as "The International Association of Hydroseeding Professionals" or any other associations / organizations?

Some hydroseeding companies work exclusively with large scale commercial hydroseeding projects while others will only work on small residential hydroseeding jobs. Find a hydroseeding contractor that has the proper equipment for your size project.

Sites such as: http:/www.HydroseedingExperts.com offer a state by state list of hydroseeding contractors.

Some companies such as Turf Blasters, Inc. will work on your behalf to locate the right hydroseeding contractor and arrange the entire project for you.

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Sodding vs Hydroseeding?
   
Sodding a lawn gives instant gratification but costs more than seeding or hydroseeding. The soil bed needs to be prepared in the same way it is when seeding or hydroseeding is done. This will ensure that the sod, seed, or hydroseed is not just laying on the ground but that the roots are able to take hold as they should. Remember that the sod will raise the level of the soil about an inch. This will be most evident around sidewalks and driveways.

Hydroseeding is becoming more and more popular as an effective means of establishing a new lawn.
Hydroseeding also allows for a better root formation as opposed to sodding. Hydroseeding is typically about half the cost of sod and requires about 1/3 the amount of watering.

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Is hydroseeding used for erosion control?

   
Hydroseeding is e
specially effective in keeping seeds from being washed away on slopes. When working on erosion control jobs most hydroseeding contractors will turn to a bonded fiber matrix (BFM) ENVIRO-SHIELD® is a bonded fiber matrix (BFM) that can be used in a jet agitation hydro-seeder like an Easy Lawn or Turbo Turf jet type hydroseeder. Most bonded fiber matrix (BFM) requires the use of larger mechanically agitated hydroseeders like a Finn.

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Where can I buy/lease hydroseeding equipment?    

Hydroseeders aren't as common as your mower and wont be found at just any landscape supply center. Most will find that there are no hydro-seed equipment dealers or distributors near them and it's even less likely that you will find a hydroseeder rental unit in most areas. If your having trouble buying, selling or leasing the right hydroseeding equipment Click Here!

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 Where can I find more information on hydroseeding?

http://www.HydroseedSupply.com
http://www.hydroseeding.org
http://www.i-hydroseeding.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroseeding


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