Getting a unique, quality lawn or bringing in soil-securing grasses to bare earth can be back-breaking labor, but you can make it easier with hydroseeding. As you look through different grass seed types and lawn preparation tools, consider a few ways that a hydroseeding system and a few convenient essentials can make the job so much easier.
How Can Hydroseeding Help?
Hydroseeding is a process that combines planting and watering in one fell swoop. By mixing grasses (or other small seeds) with water and optional growth formula, you can simply spray the ground as you would water a garden or a field.
You need to get an even coating in order to spread your grass seeds as far as possible without consuming your supply too soon. Before getting just any hydroseeding system on the market, make sure to speak with a hydroseeding professional to find a system that fits your needs. There may be higher power settings or spray nozzle shapes that could better serve the width and depth of your planting needs.
Hydroseeding is optimal for grasses, since the seeds are so small and can take root in disorganized conditions. If you'd like to plant other small seeds such as orchid or mustard seeds, make sure that the nozzle can accommodate the size. If the seeds are too big, you'll end up with uneven planting and wasted water.
Creating Protective Bedding After Hydroseeding
You may be using hydroseeding for grasses or plant types that need to survive harsh conditions, or you may want to cultivate other organisms such as fungi or insect colonies. You'll need a covering material, and make sure to go with a heavy and cost-effective option.
Pine straw (a regional term for pine needles) is often used as bedding for crops that need to be protected from the frost, such as strawberries. Pine straw insulates the plant and traps in heat from both direct sunlight and latent soil warmth. Moisture can also collect in such settings, which can promote the health of the plant.
If you want to bring fungus or completely cover a planting area, first make sure that the plant can survive dormancy. Some grasses such as bluegrass require a lot of water, fertilizer and sunlight, and may fail like sensitive flowers if covered too much. Be very careful when using heavy cover with such grasses.
Cedar or pine chips are useful for bedding, as they trap in moisture and are thick enough to block a lot of sunlight. Cedar has an additional aesthetic quality, being available in a range of reds and browns. The wood chips can be turned into mulch when old and used as plant nutrition.
Contact a hydroseeding professional such as Rainbow Sweepers Inc. to get the hydroseeding you need and to plan ahead for quality planting projects.