Why Hydroseeding May Satisfy Your Need for Instant Gratification

If you’re a business owner, property manager, facilities manager, or a developer, you want a lush, green lawn for your property, and you want it now.  After all, who’s got time to sit around twiddling their thumbs, waiting for seeds to sprout?

This is why you’re considering installing sod.  Sure, sod is beautiful.  And it’s installation will satisfy your need for instant gratification with a pretty lawn lickety-split.  However, it is a labor-intensive process that typically costs twice as much, if not more, than hydroseeding and requires more water to keep it from drying out while it establishes itself.  

Hydroseeding may be the perfect solution for you to get a beautiful lawn in a flash.  It is a popular and effective way to establish a thick, lush lawn for any property.  For the process, a green concoction of grass seed, water, wood pulp and nutrients is prepared in advance and sprayed in an even coat onto the area, and then the magic begins.  The seed germinates quickly and your lawn can become established in under two weeks!  

The hydroseeding process is not new.  In fact, the first hydroseeding machine was built in Connecticut in the 1950’s as a rapid way to seed the medians and areas surrounding the newly installed interstate highway system.  From there it grew into a cost-effective method for business or homeowners to seed their grounds and get a beautiful lawn without the expense of sod.   

With traditional seeding where grass seed is applied on top of the ground using spreaders or tractors, a top layer of hay or straw is required to keep moisture in.  What’s going on under there?  Is it working?  Hydroseeding, on the other hand, allows you’ll see your lawn’s progress and you’ll be surprised how quickly it begins to germinate.  Hydroseed is considered grass that can grow anywhere.  And why wouldn’t it?  It arrives with its own food and water, ready to thrive on your property!  Your lawn will grow healthier and stronger because it is being grown from the start in nutrient-rich soil.  

The wood pulp medium that the seeds come in serves several functions.  It holds moisture which keeps the seed from drying out, and this moisture deters birds from making it their lunch.  The pulp also helps the seed to stay in place and not blow away like hay does.  Its green color not only makes it look like you have a green lawn instantly,  it also allows the technician to see exactly where the seeds have been applied so you don’t have to worry about the cost of replanting missed spots later. Various elements can be added to the mix such as herbicides or a tacking agent that can help the application fight erosion on sloped or hilly areas.

Hydroseeding is a one-step process that can be installed in a fraction of the time that sod can and can be utilized anywhere that a thick, beautiful lawn is desired.  A thick turf is a strong turf and can more readily fight off insects, weeds, and drought.      

Fall or early spring is the best time to hydroseed your property for optimal results.  The cool weather helps to keep the seeds from drying out between waterings, and they have time to develop strong roots before the heat of summer or the cold of winter arrives.  

Call Bluegrass Landscaping and Maintenance today at (314) 770-282 and find out how quickly our hydroseed technicians can grow you a beautiful lawn!