If you’ve ever driven around a construction site, it’s likely you’ve seen hydroseeding even if you didn’t know it. Hydroseeding, a form of erosion technology, is a process that combines seed, mulch, fertilizer, and healthy soil with water into a thick slurry that is applied to the surface and left to grow into what is known as hydrograss. From a distance, hydroseeding looks like someone is spray painting the ground green. While it looks funny at first, there are advantages of hydroseeding and this article will take a look at a few of them.
- Hydroseeding Can Be Done Quickly: One advantage of using hydrograss technologies is that the process can be completed relatively quickly. Unlike traditional sod, which takes time to cart in and lay down in a prepared area, hydrograss only needs to be sprayed onto an open dirt surface and the hydroseeding process is complete. Depending on the size of the area being covered, the process can be completed in as little as an hour (or more, if it’s a large piece of land being sprayed).
- Hydroseeding Grows in a Short Period of Time: Another advantage of hydroseeding is that it grows in a relatively short period of time. From the moment the slurry is applied to the ground, grass should begin to grow within seven days, and the grass should be well established within three to four weeks. Sod, on the other hand, can take longer to take root and grow in the ground, plus it needs a lot of water while it’s being established. In fact most lawns require 1 inch of water weekly.
- It Prevents Erosion: A third advantage of hydroseeding is that it helps to prevent erosion in areas cleared out for construction projects. While part of construction involves clearing land of trees and grass, one unavoidable consequence is that it leaves the area open to soil erosion. Hydroseeding can be used to quickly grow grass in these areas and prevent unnecessary and potentially harmful soil erosion from occurring after a construction project has been completed.
In conclusion, there are several benefits that come from the hydroseeding process. Hydroseeding can be applied quickly, it grows grass in a short period of time, and it helps to prevent soil erosion. For all of these reasons and more, hydroseeding should be used whenever possible to quickly lay down and grow healthy grass.