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HYDROSEEDING

Hydroseeding (or hydraulic mulch seeding, hydromulching) is a planting process that used a slurry mix of seed, mulch, fertilizer, and various combinations of bio-stimulants, moisture retention co-polymers, tackifiers, and other additives, which are then combined with water to form a slurry that is sprayed onto the ground to establish turfgrass (vegetation) and control erosion.  These ingredients are mixed in a mounted tank that contains either a jet agitation system or a mechanical system which creates a homogenous slurry that is then sprayed over prepared ground in a uniform manner.  our preferred blend of seed is a Premium Sunny / Shade Mix which includes the following 3 types of grass seed.

Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky Bluegrass is one of the best-adapted and most widely used types of turfgrass in the Midwest.  Typically takes 3-6 weeks to get a good standing of seedling turf and best used in turfgrass mixes.  Seeding rates from 2-3 lbs. per 1000 square feet.  Bluegrass has excellent resistance to major turf diseases along with excellent density.

Perennial Ryegrass

Extremely popular turfgrass for Michigan.  This most versatile of grasses has a place in the most premium lawn seed mixtures along with Bluegrass and Fine Fescues.  Seeding rates from 5-7 lbs. per 1000 square feet.

Fine Creeping Red Fescue

Fine Fescues are considered medium in germination time (2-3 weeks), and establishment (approximately halfway between bluegrass and ryegrass.)  The normal seeding rate is 5-6 lbs. per 1000 square feet.  Fine Fescue seedlings are sensitive to traffic and wear so avoid use until they are established.

EROSION CONTROL

Erosion control is the practice of preventing or controlling water erosion in many various areas of construction,  Effective erosion controls handle surface runoff and are important techniques in preventing water pollution, soil loss, wildlife habitat loss and property loss.

Straw Blankets

High quality erosion control blanket made with a clean processed straw.  Ecocycle rapid photo-degradable netting and thread.  MDOT approved material.  Suitable material for steep slopes and areas where erosion run off occurs.

Tackifiers

Tackifiers are like a ‘glue’ that holds hydroseeding together.  They provide quick, inexpensive, and effective erosion control of hydroseed mulch and soil when applied properly.  There are several types of tackifiers that are either water dispersible guar gum based or premier polyacrylamide (PAM) water dispersible granules.

Locking Fibers

Locking fibers are 1/2″ long fibers of crimped polyester.  When used with mulch and tackifiers it will bond into a matrix and produce a virtual spray on erosion control blanket.  Applied at 10 lbs per acre.

SITE PREPARATION

One of the most important things to do in preparation for any type of site for hydroseeding is by adding screened topsoil and finish grading.  Add a minimum of 2″-4″ of topsoil, remove existing stones and debris, and working soil to brake up and loosen out lumps is crucial to a successful application.  Topsoil soil mixes can be applied by hand, by a tractor or skid steer or mechanically blown into place with a blower truck.  Finish grading can be accomplished by hand raking, power raking (called a Harley Rake), rototilling, or with other mechanical devices such as a rock hound which removes larger rocks and crushed concrete debris often leftover during the rough grading process.

Screened Topsoil

Contractor grade screened topsoil blend with just the right amount of humus to produce a fine rich soil.  The humus is added to the soil to create air pockets for water to penetrate and stops it from compacting to a hard soil.  The soil is screened with 3/4″ mins grade.  Natural topsoil contains no amendments and is good for a number of general purpose landscape applications.

Compost Turf Mix

70% Topsoil / 30% compost mix for growing grass.  Looking for a good soil to grow grass? A compost turf mix will allow the soil to breathe, yet holds enough moisture to develop strong, drought tolerant roots.  For best results, add 2-4″ to your existing rough grad and till into a depth of 5-6″ depending on your existing soil type prior to seeding.  You will notice seed has a better germination and quicker growth due to the favorable mix of organic matter and soil.

Peat Mix

67-70% peat / 30-33% sand ratio.  Recommended for installation of new lawn in certain soil conditions.  new planting areas perform well with peat mix depending on the drainage conditions.  Peat mix provides the organic matter and nutrients new plants need to get established.  Improves poor quality native soil for most landscaping purposes or can be used as a topping additive.  The sand provides necessary drainage and the peat provides a rich organic matter which increases soil water holding capacity.