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Hydroseeding 101: What is HydroSeeding?


You might be wondering, what is the hydroseeding process? HydroSeeding is a process where seed and any combination of fertilizer, lime, biostimulants, moisture retention polymers, tackifiers, and other additives are combined with water and a hydroseeding mulch to form a slurry that is sprayed onto the ground to establish vegetation and control erosion. These ingredients are mixed in a truck or trailer mounted tank that contains either a jet agitation system or a mechanical agitation system which creates a homogenous slurry that is then transported to the job site and sprayed over prepared ground in a uniform layer. HydroSeeding offers many advantages over conventional seeding processes such as quicker, more uniform germination, reduced labor costs, and superior erosion control. Virtually any grass or ground cover that can be planted by seed can be HydroSeeded. This includes any sun or shade lawn seed, athletic field mixes, pasture mixes, native grasses, wildflowers, roadside mixes and erosion control mixes. In order to provide this type of lawn service, it's important to find high quality HydroSeeding Equipment for sale to offer outstanding performance.

How HydroSeeding Works

The key to the effectiveness of HydroSeeding is the mulch that acts as the growth medium for the seed. When the right mulch is applied at appropriate rates, the mulch provides moisture retention for faster germination, insulation from temperature extremes to prevent seed dormancy, and protection from erosion. Unlike hay or straw that is frequently specified on seeding jobs, HydroSeeding mulch contains no weed seed. The HydroSeeding slurry can be adjusted with various additives to create the ideal growth environment for the seed. The other big advantage versus conventional seeding methods is the labor savings. This is because all of the ingredients that you want to apply to the seed bed are combined into the slurry and applied at the same time. Conventional seeding methods typically require each ingredient to be applied one at a time.  The HydroSeeding mulch breaks down and becomes part of the soil. Straw or hay is usually applied over conventional seeding applications and will need to be collected and removed once the lawn is established.

HydroSeeding Mulches

There are several different types of HydroSeeding mulches available today and the selection is constantly growing. Each type of mulch has its place, whether it is tacking straw, low cost lawn establishment, premium lawn establishment, slope stabilization, severe erosion control, or daily cover on landfills. Price, application, and local availability usually are the driving factors in choosing the ideal HydroSeeding mulch. HydroSeeding mulch usually comes in 40 - 50 pound bales and contains a dye to help you achieve an even application.  Most mulches come in a compressed bale that must be broken up by hand or by the HydroSeeding/HydroMulching machine.  Some mulches are manufactured with a special process that allows them to be poured into the tank. Additionally, some mulches contain additives such as synthetic fibers or tackifiers.Check out a list of some of the more common HydroSeeding mulches on the market today.

  • Paper Mulch
  • Wood Fiber Mulch
  • Wood/Paper Blend Mulch
  • Pourable Mulch
  • Straw Mulch
  • Cotton Fiber Mulch
  • Erosion Control Mulch - BFM's, FRM's, EFM's, SMM's, etc.
  • Alternate Daily Cover - Used on the working face of landfills


Caroline A Contacting's Hydroseeding options are as efficient as they are affordable. Contact us today!

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 Caroline A Contracting
3248 Soco Rd
Waynesville, NC 28751
 Mon - Fri: 9 - 5, Sat 9 - 2

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