Hydro Seeding

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BobwithECLC, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. BobwithECLC

    BobwithECLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I am considering adding Hydro Seeding to my mix of services this season, do any of you guys offer Hydro Seeding? Can you tell me some of the Pros and Cons. Any relevant information would be appreciated. How do you price this service as well? My interest was peaked after a few trade shows and the seeming simplicity of it. Thank you in advance for you help.
  2. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    The percieved simplisity of hydroseeding is what had lead to the downfall of many would be hydroseeders. Sure it looks simple enough, just add seed fertilizer and mulch and spray on the ground and you will soon have a lovely lawn. Truth is, its not that simple. Learning how much seed, what type of fertilizer and how much to use, as well as the type and amount of mulch needed to insure success is the big equation that has to be figured out. Ask someone on a web forum how to do it and you will get as many different answers as there are people replying to your question. You will find that what works for Willie in Texas isnt going to work for Tom in Maine. To much difference in soil types and weather conditions, not to mention grass type used. The best source of hydroseeding information can be found at hydroseeding.org. Just add the www.
  3. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Exactly what he said..... :D
  4. MLI

    MLI LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 464

    least around here.....finding water supply. If you try to pump form lake or pond youll have the town come down on your azz like a ton of bricks....little ole ladies calling the cops on you for pumping outta a stream, thinking your dumping toxic waste etc etc. It was a pain when I did it!
  5. LawnsByJon

    LawnsByJon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    One of my neighbors does hydro-seeding and I know for a fact that he fills his up illegally from the fire hydrant in front of his house. On numerous times, I've thought about reporting him for it, and several other things that he does illegally, but I don't want to ruin any future relations with him.
  6. chevyryan01

    chevyryan01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Not legal, it's a $300 fine here and they put it on your water bill, if you don't pay...guess what... lol, They allow you to rent a meter but works out to about $550 a year for that here which is just as ridiculous. I haven't had a meter for the last 3 years and haven't gotten caught so I'm money ahead. With my 1600 gal. hydroseeder I can be loaded in about 9 minutes so find a remote hydrant away from everything and load up... Just what works for us!!!

  7. jeffh1988

    jeffh1988 LawnSite Member
    from MS
    Messages: 112

    Can someone give an explanation of hydro seeding?
  8. LawnsByJon

    LawnsByJon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    As far as I understand, it's basically special seed, and fertilizer mixed in with water that is then applied to the dirt with a sprayer.
  9. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    Hydroseeding is the process of mixing water and seed and appling to the soil for the purpose of grass establishment. Hydroseeding isnt limited to just grass but can also include wildflowers or just about any seed that can be mixedand sprayed thru the spray nozzle.

    Hydroseeding was first introduced for the purpose of seeding critical areas where conventional seeding methods where not practical, ie, step road banks and areas susceptable to erosion. Hydroseeding has become an acceptable method of lawn establishment as well. Hydroseeding results in more even seed distribution and because of the ability to add fertilizers and other ingredients it can also result in less labor and faster application times.
  10. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    all of the responses above are correct. we got into it this past year, and while some of the above responses make it seem more negative than positive, we really have embraced hydroseeding and did a lot of work with ours. it does take some trial and error. each machine is different and finding the proper mixing technique is critical. i can remember one time this season we had to dump a full load cause it clogged the machine. you need to narrow down proper mix supplements as far as the fert, seed and wood are concerned. we have a 3000 gallon reinco unit and it does a good job. we usually fill out of ponds, streams etc, and this year we are putting a 3 inch water main in back of the shop to fill off of as well. the results from a hydroseeder look so much neater. we used to seed conventionally and then shoot straw over it. hydroseeding looks so much nicer when your done especially if it is a new constructed landscape. we have had great results and look forward to the upcoming year. it takes some trial and error to see what works for you and your machine, but once you get that squared away, its very simple.

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