Stabilization Hydroseeding for Planting Grass, Wildflowers, Trees or Shrubs

Hydroseeding Planting Process

Hydroseeding stabilization is a planting process which utilizes a slurry of seed and mulch. The slurry is sprayed over prepared ground in a uniform layer. Hydroseeding is an alternative to the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed. It promotes quick germination and inhibits soil erosion.

The mulch in the hydroseed mixture helps maintain the moisture level of the seed and seedlings. The slurry often has other ingredients including fertilizer, tackifying agents, green dye and other additives.

Starting a lawn by hydroseeding is considerably cheaper than laying sod/turf and quicker than using seed. It is also used to spread mixtures of wildflower and tree/shrub seeds or turf grasses for erosion control.

The process is called stolonising (or hydro-stolonising) when the slurry contains stolons or rhizomes instead of seed.

Hydro seeding is a fast and economic system of establishing vegetation on sloping areas inaccessible to conventional equipment.

Fertilizer, lime and seed are mixed together in water in a specially designed machine with a pumping system and agitation equipment which re-circulates the materials, thus keeping them in a permanent suspension before application. This is a great article about What is Soil Stabilization in Road Construction.

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