Hydroseeding to prevent erosion is an effective method. A large selection of non-native and native seed mixes of grass, legumes and shrubs are available. Seeding methods range from single
step slurries to 3-step Seed/Straw/Tack applications.
Hydroseeding allows for the most even application of materials which are tank mixed on site and delivered to the soil either by hose or gun depending upon site access.
The seed, fertilizer, tackifier and fiber slurry materials are packaged separately and applied within the slurry at rates specific to the material. If soil fertility is low, other additives can be added to aid root development, make clay soils more workable or increase organic matter. Seeding should be completed before winter rains begin.
Wildflowers come in all colors and heights. There are annual, perennial, native and non-native species. We can add wildflowers to your erosion control seed mix, fine fescue meadow mix, or seed them alone. If you don't plan to irrigate the areas, seed prior to the rainy season, after August 1, but before November 25th to take advantage of precipitation. We can get just about any type of wildflower seed commercially available & can design a mix for you based on your favorite colors or a low or tall profile mix. Just call us!
Golf Courses, Sports Fields, Commercial Complexes, Private Landscapes -- from 1,000 SQFT to 1,000 Acres we have the equipment and personnel to seed your grass. We purchase all types of turf seed per project, so all seed has guaranteed purity and germination percentages and is the exact species and variety of your choice or specification. Below is additional information on different types of turf seed we can hydroseed on your project
Turf Type Tall Fescue
Is a cool season grass that forms a dense turf when planted properly. It grows in shade or sun and withstands the abuse of high traffic.
There are many types of non-native and native fine fescues. These grasses are great for hard to mow slopes or areas where low maintenance is desired. These grasses can be mowed 2x annually or less. Regular irrigation, over seeding and weed pulling a few times per year will provide a kept, natural look.
Perennial Ryegrass is often selected for its ability to germinate and establish quickly. Its fine blades and dark green color make it a good choice for high quality turf needs especially when kept at low mowing heights
Kentucky Bluegrass - Common & Improved
Bluegrass has long been a component in turf applications due to its adaptability and blue-green color. Common varieties have a more upright growth habit, fine to medium leaf texture and medium green color. Improved varieties have the ability to form a tight turf by spreading of tillers and rhizomes. Leaf width, texture and color vary by variety and are usually blended to complement each other. Kentucky Bluegrass requires more maintenance than other turf grasses but can mowed at a lower height giving a distinct well groomed appearance.
Some Additional Things to Know About Hydroseeded Turf
As necessary, bring in a good quality top soil and or rototill amendments into the areas you plan to seed. Use caution when considering the addition of recycled wood compost. This material can contain weed seed which you do not want to introduce to your site. Also, recycled wood compost will take up nitrogen necessary for good germination of new seedlings. If soil fertility is in question, a soils test ($100 +/-) can simply determine what amendments should be added to your soil or to the hydroseed slurry to optimize turf growth. If a good turf stand (or weed stand) has flourished in the soil previously, a soils test is probably not warranted.
Proper irrigation is important. The irrigation system should have total coverage and should water evenly. Check for head-to-head coverage (overlap), low and high spots. Re-grade any deficiencies and adjust heads/change nozzles. The system should be capable of watering 2-5 times per day during the germination period.
Weed control is important. Remove undesired vegetation from the area. Water & fertilize the area to germinate weed seed. This will also show you if you have head-to-head coverage, or not. Dry areas will not grow grass. After weeds have germinated (7-14 days), spray the weeds with a contact weed killer like Round-Up, or remove the weeds by hand. Pre-seed irrigation and weed kill/removal may take more than one cycle depending on your site.
After hydroseeding, all surface areas must be kept continually moist with frequent light watering. Water 2-5 times per day depending upon weather. Avoid puddling or runoff. Do not allow germinating seedlings to dry out or they will die. Once seed has germinated, and growth is established, water should be applied with less frequency, but for longer periods of time. Deep watering will establish deep root growth. Mow grass every 7-10 days depending on the species you have selected and fertilize with any balanced fertilizer 1-3 times per year depending upon species and soil conditions. Regular mowing will manage weeds and push lateral growth, creating a tight stand of grass.
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