Green Velvet Contracting is an expert hydro seeding and erosion control contractor who has been serving Nassau and Suffolk counties for years. Our professional and safety trained staff allows our hydro seeding services to be fast, reliable, and affordable. In comparison to traditional seed broadcasting methods and sodding, hydro seeding is the most economical and effective means of seed establishment for large to medium size plots. This practice is particularly useful on plots with uneven or irregular formation.
Why Choose Hydro Seeding
Hydro Seeding VS. Dry Seeding
The process of traditional broadcast seeding (dry seeding) involves spreading the seed, and then coating it with straw layer to prevent it from blowing away or becoming bird feed. However, it is important to note that the straw itself isn’t all that effective since it can also blow away, and birds are capable of navigating it. This method is subject to premature evaporation if not immediately tended to. Dry seeding also calls for significant post application care to ensure that the soil remains moist. In addition straw carries weed seed, which will enhance weed growth, and during the straw decomposition it will suck nitrogen from your soil.
On the contrary the Hydroseeding mixture contains water that is laid with the mulch, and its coating helps prevent premature evaporation. Unlike the straw when the hydro mulch breaks down it actually aids the soil creating a healthy under layer. Lastly it helps prevent soil erosion with tackifier, which binds the base layers.
Hydroseeding allows for the application of custom seed types that have been tailored to a particular lawn or type of soil. This is ideal when catering to high traffic and low traffic areas. It is possible to do the same with dry seed however, there is a high opportunity for overlay, which can cause growth problems, since it the application is less acute.
This process can be customized when hydroseeding as well. Several different types of fertilizer can be combined for application, which promotes healthy growth.
Dry seed applicators generally perform well however, it can be hard to see where exactly the seed has been laid. For that reason it is not uncommon to see over application an clumping. On the other hand, hydro mixture contains a dye that allows the applicator to see exactly what areas of the plot have been covered.
Hydro Seeding VS. Sodding
Simply put, sodding is expensive. Hydroseeding provides property owners a healthy lawn for a fraction of the cost. Sodding can cost up to four times as much.
The hydroseeding mixture can be tailored to particular soil types allowing it to have a higher take rate than sodding. Often times when sodding the soil will not be entirely compatible with the sod, which will prevent the root system from developing and healthy grass from growing.
The roots of sod are cut in order to create separate pieces, which can prevent the roots from connecting with the new soil and establishing a healthy root system. Hydroseeding uses the germination approach, which allows for grass to grow upwards while the roots grown downward, an begin to establish themselves.
Over time sod pieces begin to shrink causing gaps to form between them. Without proper and consistent early and continued maintenance the lawn can be ruined. Hydroseed is spread using industrial hoses to ensure a nice even coat, and allow for a balanced healthy lawn.