To Sod or Hydro-Seed?A question with an easy answer:
If you have a moderate budget and a little time, then you may choose to Hydro-Seed. If you have a “sky’s the limit” budget and need your lawn in yesterday, then you’re likely to choose sod.
Hydro-Seeding costs anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 the price of sod. In addition, when you use sod, you are transplanting grass roots from one place to another. Hydro-Seeding is seed germination and rooting in its future environment, which causes less opportunity for disease and “patch pull back”.
What is Hydro-Seeding?
Hydro-Seeding is a fast, cost efficient grass planting process that offers better results than conventional seeding at a much lower cost than sod. This process includes the mixture of mulch, seed, water and fertilizer, combined together in a hydro-seeding machine, resulting in a mixture commonly referred to as slurry.
When the slurry is applied to the ground, it creates a beneficial environment for seed germination and growth. When applied to a smooth surface, the result is an equally smooth, green, “manicured” lawn.
Benefits of Hydro-Seeding
Because of its unique ability to hold moisture and reduce or eliminate erosion, Hydro-Seeding is able to provide fragile seedlings with an optimum germinating environment, resulting in maximum germination. Additionally, Hydro-Seeding offers the ability to apply granular fertilizers and wood mulches that release nutrients to the soil and prevent wind drift.
Additional benefits of Hydro-Seeding:
- Ensures an even spread and germination of seeds
- Protection from scorching sun which can dry, crack, and kill seeds
- Protection from birds by holding seeds in a protective mat
- Protection from wind and rain which can disturb seeds when hand seeding
- Guarantees seed to soil contact which reduces germination times
- Avoids withdrawal spacing and shrinkage of sod