What Is Hydroseeding In Palmhurst Texas?
Hydroseeding (or hydraulic mulch seeding, hydro-mulching, hydraseeding) is a planting process that uses a slurry of seed and mulch. It is often used as an erosion control technique on construction sites, as an alternative to the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed.
What Are Some Advantages Of Hydroseeding In Palmhurst Texas?
If planting a relatively large area, hydroseeding can be completed in a very short period of time. It can be very effective for hillsides and sloping lawns to help with erosion control and quick planting. Hydroseeding will typically cost less than planting with sod, but more than broadcast seeding. Results are often quick with high germination rates producing grass growth in about a week and mowing maintenance beginning around 3 to 4 weeks from the date of application. Fiber mulch accelerates the growing process by maintaining moisture around the seeds thereby increasing the rate of germination. Hydromulch is used on severely burned or otherwise highly erosive areas with 20% to 60% slopes. Hydromulching is an expensive erosion control method and therefore is generally limited to treating high risk areas to protect valuable properties, surface water supply sources, or important habitat. Due to its expense conventional mulching is generally used on slopes less than 20%. Use of ground applied hydromulch is limited to areas within 300 feet of the roads or trails that are necessary to provide access for the application equipment.
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Advantages Of HydroSeeding Over Sod
Sod provides instant gratification but there are advantages to hydro seeding over sod. As someone once commented, hydro seeding is a lot like sod but you eliminate the middle man.
The advantages of hydro seeding over sod are:
- You can have a sod quality lawn in a few weeks for less than 1/3 the cost of sod
- Both hydro seeding and sod require watering but the watering requirements for hydro seeding are less
- Hydro seeding grows the lawn on your soil and is not a different soil that is transplanted
- The problem of sod not “taking” is eliminated.
- With sod the roots are cut very short and the sod goes through some shock during shipment and installation
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When seed is applied with the mulch (Hydroseeding) split applications are generally more effective than applying all materials in one pass. About 500 pounds of mulch per acre is applied with the seed (and fertilizer if recommended) in the first pass followed by a second application of 1,500 to 2,000 pounds of mulch and tackifier. See the Temporary and Permanent Seeding Fact Sheets for specific seed recommendations
- Seed spreaders do a generally decent job of spreading the seed in a broadcast seeding application. However, in many cases, it’s very difficult to know exactly what areas are covered and what areas aren’t. This is never an issue with hydroseeding. The dye that is included in the slurry — and for that matter, the process itself — gives instant feedback to the spreader (and anyone watching) that there is in fact 100% coverage. You want your entire project to look great. Avoid the uneven, clumpy effect of broadcast seeding by insisting on hydroseeding.
- Hydroseeding is Quicker
All other things being equal (which they’re not), hydro seeded lawns will also typically come in faster. In fact, it is not unusual to see early growth in as little as five or six days. And of course, the faster a lawn comes in, the less worries there are for nurturing it through its critical stages of germination
What is the cost of hydroseeding in Palmhurst?
The average cost for hydroseeding is 18 cents per square foot. At that price, the per acre total is $7,840. Hydroseeders usually offer a discount if you are covering a large amount of land. In the case of some large lawns, seeding by hand may be cheaper, but hydroseeding has a much higher germination rate.
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