Hydroseeding: Seeds of Change

If you’re familiar with our work, you’ll know that Elexco takes pride in preserving aesthetics. So if we have to dig, we’ll restore the landscape as best as possible, so soon there’s no sign of us being there. One of the ways we do this is through hydroseeding.

What is Hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding or hydraulically applied seed and mulch is a method for planting grass that started in the 1940s. The slurry Elexco uses contains a mix of seed, water, mulch, and fertilizers. Sometimes lime or polymers for moisture retention may be used. Wildflowers can be planted via hydroseeding as well.

Hydroseeding is more effective and less time-consuming than manually scattering grass seed or laying down sod. Our trained techs spray the slurry over the planting area. The slurry is delivered via a hose with a special nozzle connected to a continuous mixer to ensure the slurry’s even distribution and consistency.

When is Hydroseeding a Good Choice?

Hydroseeding is a good choice for large areas or challenging slopes. Though more expensive than dry seed, the success rate is higher, and it is less costly and labor-intensive than planting sod. In addition, hydroseeding germinates and sprouts very quickly, with grass becoming visible in about a week.

What are the Benefits of Hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding is effective for areas at risk of potential landslide or if there’s loose ground. For fast, widespread ground cover to mitigate soil erosion, Elexco employs hydroseeding. In addition, Hydroseeding provides runoff control, vegetation for lawns, slopes, highway medians, and just about any construction site. Hydroseeding facilitates soil compaction, keeping soil where it needs to be.

Hydroseeding reduces dust pollution as well. Because it’s wet, the slurry cuts down on the dust that would be kicked up during dry planting. Hydroseeding also blocks weed growth.

The Elexco Difference

For effective hydroseeding, Elexco techs first prep the soil. Clear ground will best take the seed and lead to healthy germination. If the seed is being spread near a building, Elexco will ensure the correct grade is achieved first (usually two inches every 100 feet.) This will prevent the wet mixture from running toward the building.

Though the best hydroseeding effects occur in Wisconsin in the spring, our techs know how to work with the local weather to ensure your landscape is thriving in any climate. Talk with us today to find out how Elexco can plan and oversee your project from start to finish.

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