Hydroseeding (or hydraulic mulch seeding, hydro-mulching, hydraseeding) is a planting process that uses a slurry of seed, mulch and fertilizer. It is often used as an erosion control technique on disturbed sites and as an alternative to the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed. The main component of hydroseeding is Hydromulch. Hydromulch is the medium used to mulch the seed. 100% Wood fiber mulch is the best product for hydroseeding in the mountains. For most projects we also recommend using Hydromulch and certified weed free straw. The combination of the two allows for better moisture retention and seed protection which equates to better germination rates. The germination rate is the amount of seed that grows vs the amount of seed applied. This rate can fluctuate based on how the seed is applied and how much mulch it receives. To improve germination rates it is important to identify site conditions and respond accordingly with the correct mulch, seed, ferltilizer and ammendments. Hydroseeding Slopes Hydroseeding slopes requires a different type of Mulch. These are broken into two different typee Bonded Fiber Matrix BFM and Flexible growth Medium FGM.
Drill seeding is a device that sows seed by positioning them in the soil and burying them to a specific depth.This method has some advances over broadcast seeding because it can improve the germination rate and reduces the amount of seed needed to revegetate. This method is for native seed/wildflower mixes.
The landscape seeding device is used to seed cool season grasses in a prepared site. This seeder has a large front notched roller which puts shallow indentations into the soil surface. Seed is then delivered from the seed boxes into the prepared soil then a small rear roller squeezes the soil around the seed for seed to soil contact. This method is used along with hydromulching to produce superior turf growth. We also have a slice seeder to plant bluegrass in existing lawns where areas have thinned.
Soil preparation is the most crucial step in seeding. We us several specialized pieces of equipment to scarify and finish rake the seed bed prior to planting. These specialized implements allow us to loosen the soil, remove rocks and prepare an ideal seed bed. So often seeding companies simply show up and spray seed over un prepared soil. This doesn’t allow the seed to contact the soil enough which prevents it from germinating. Using the correct soil preperation methods increases the seed germination percentage. Below are some of the tools used to prepare the soil