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Hydro Seeding
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Gunner    Posted 07-19-2004 at 11:31:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anyone hear of this for erosion control on steep embankments? Is this better than seeding manually w/ erosion control type of grass seeds?

EngineerJoyce    Posted 07-19-2004 at 12:16:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
With Hydro Seeding you can do several things at once: water, seed, fertilize, and mulch. All without disturbing the slope. If it is done with mulch and a tackifier, it's like laying down erosion control blanket (straw encased in plastic netting). If Hydro Seeding is done correctly, the coverage will be uniform and germination will be quick.

The cost (high compared to conventional seeding methods) is the reason for limited use. It is very effective. Same seeds, just different application methods.

Need to do some?

Gunner    Posted 07-19-2004 at 13:21:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, would like to do some but trying to decide if it would be worth it - Cost vs benefit -
If the embankment is hydro seeded, will brush (blackberry, bryers etc) grow through the hydro seeded section?
I have one section that is very steep & cut into sand stone dirt - very hard and I know I couldn't get grass to grow there
I tried to post some pics of the new section but keep gettin' a red X - I think the jpg is too big

EngineerJoyce    Posted 07-19-2004 at 16:51:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, blackberry briars, bushes and trees of all types will grow. The hydroseeding does not exclude these invasives from coming in. It is just an easier way to seed a 3:1 or steeper slope. Let's face it, who wants to drive a tractor on a 2:1 or 1:1 slope to work the ground?

Invasives cannot be eliminated, but they can be minimized with various management techniques. 1. initial seeding use "too much" seed. If the ground is well covered with vegetation, there is no place for these invasives to gain ground contact and germinate. 2. manual removal i.e. with a hoe / loppers and chainsaw. and 3. with herbicides. You would have to plant vegetation that would be resistant to the type of herbicide that would kill those invasives you would want to control. Then hand spray.

Hydroseeding starts getting economical when the area that needs vegetation gets large and steep. YOu could check with a local construction contractor to get cost estimates. If he's ever done it, he should be able to give you a decent cost comparison.

toolman    Posted 07-19-2004 at 11:36:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
they do it here at the open pit mines all the time seems to work very well .

Alias    Posted 07-19-2004 at 11:50:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hydroseeding is a big thing in my area. They are used extensively on State highway project for seeding slopes. And, chem-Lawn and other landscape companies use them for seeding and applying fertilizer/pesticides/insecticides on individual residential and commercial lots. It seems to be the least work intensive method going now-a-days.

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