Kerry Kubik of Top Dog Hydroseeding knows the benefits of going green with a time and money-saving process.
“Hydroseeding is the most economical choice for establishing a lush green lawn without the expense, time consumption, material costs or installation demands of sodding or hand-seeding methods,” says Kubik, who operates Top Dog Hydroseeding out of North Battleford in addition to Top Dog Spray Foam Insulation.
Hydroseeding results in a healthier, greener and longer lasting lawn compared to sodding and hand seeding applications. Hydroseeding experts find the roots from a hydroseeded lawn grow deeper, having been spared the shock of being cut and transplanted in foreign soils.
Kubik also says hydroseeding is much more resistant to disease and weed problems,due to the grass being able to adjust to its present soil conditions as it sprouts and grows. Kubik adds hydroseeding is quick and safe for the environment and harmless to children and pets.
Hydroseed is sprayed onto the soil using a mixture of water, seed, fertilizer and wood or paper mulch to form a thick slurry, which protects the seed and keeps it moist and fertilized for quick and successful growth.
The slurry is like a blanket of interlocking fibers that covers the ground creating ideal growth without the seams or lumps that can result from sodding or the sparse, patchy areas that can result with hand seeding. A properly hydroseeded and watered lawn usually sprouts in about seven days and can be ready to cut in three to four weeks.
Hydroseed mulch retains up to 10 times its own weight in water, enhancing growth, and as the slurry breaks down slowly, it releases nutrients to a newly established lawn while providing protection from heavy rains, sun, wind and pests.
Hydroseeding has many different applications, from residential and commercial lawns, golf courses, parks and wildflower areas, to vegetation restoration, wildfire repairs, landfills and airport dust control.
Kubik says erosion control is another reason hydroseeding has become so widely used in Canada and other countries. The slurry mixture can be custom blended using straw, tackifiers, seed blends, and fertilizers which, when sprayed on slopes or drainage ditches, keep the seed from washing or blowing away, allowing the plants to develop deep healthy roots that will hold the soil together and prevent further erosion.