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Hydro-mulching & Hydro-seeding

  Home   The Hydro-Mulching Process:
Hydro-mulching, sometimes referred to as hydro-seeding, is a grass planting process.  The process is fast, efficient and economical.  This grass planting process is usually more effective than conventional seeding and certainly more economical than conventional sodding.

The process begins by mixing mulch, seed, fertilizer and water in the tank of a hydro-mulching machine.  The mixed material is then pumped from the tank and sprayed onto the ground.  The material is often referred to as a slurry, much like a soupy batch of green papier-mache.  Once applied to the soil, the material enhances initial growth by providing a micro-environment beneficial to seed germination.

If the area being planted is smooth and manicured, the resulting grass surface will be smooth and manicured.  Golf greens are frequently planted with hydro-mulching resulting in a smooth surface.

Hydro-mulching material is wee free.  However, weed seed is almost always present in the soil, and when the soil gets the moisture and fertilizer from the planting process, weeds usually appear.

The Mulch Material:
Mulch products are usually produced from wood or recycled paper.  The wood raw material is processed into fibrous material and usually packaged in 50 pound bags.  A very specific fiber texture is particularly important in achieving an erosion resistance product which can also be easily pumped with a hydro-mulching machine.  The mulch fiber is dyed green for aesthetics, but the color is also important so that the thickness of application can be monitored.

The Value of Mulch:
Mulch applied to the soil reduces moisture evaporation from the soil.  Grass seed needs soil moisture to germinate and grow.  Moisture must initially come from either irrigation or rainfall.  Once the soil has moisture, mulch helps the seed get the most benefit from that moisture.  Poor growth is almost always due to seed and/or the seedlings not getting enough moisture during certain critical times.  Soil moisture is always important.

A good mulch application also provides erosion resistance.  Soil erosion caused by flowing water is always a factor.  Mulch helps hold soil in place and reduces the possibility that the seeds will be washed away, providing a better chance for establishing a more uniform coverage of grass.  Further, when soil erosion is reduced, soil pollution of streams and other bodies of water is reduced.

The mulch, with its fibrous network in the soil, can have significant benefits in reducing or preventing soil erosion.  But the strength of the mulch can be enhanced by using a tackifier.  A tackifier is a glue for tying the mulch and soil together.

The Results:
Warm and moist conditions promote faster seed germination.  Seed bed conditions determine growth rates after germination.  When all the conditions are favorable, grass may require mowing and have excellent coverage in three to four weeks.  It may be possible, under the most ideal conditions, to produce a turf suitable for a football field which can be ready for play in 90 days.  During less favorable circumstances, a good stand of grass can take many months, or even up to a year, to become established.
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