What is Hydroseeding?
Hydroseeding or hydraulic seeding is a seeding technique which involves the preparation of a liquid medium that combines seed and a carrier such as wood or paper fibre products with water. Unlike conventional seeding, the liquid is mixed in a hydroseeding machine, with mechanical agitation and recirculation and applied in liquid form to the seeding area. This process can be used to revegetate large and inaccessible areas quickly and is often associated with large restoration and infrastructure projects.
OBL have exclusive access to industry leading products and promote the ‘hydromulching‘ technique which has a number of advantages over standard hydroseeding & conventional seeding methods. As a result, ‘hydromulching’ has become increasingly popular in the UK. The mixture, sometimes referred to as ‘slurry’, can help to provide a micro climate for the seed and can achieve quicker germination, accelerated growth and increased establishment success compared to standard methods. Hydromulching slurry uses a high concentration of specialist inert organic fibres, tackifiers, biostimulants and fertilisers in order to boost germination and establishment.
Seed mixtures can include most species, including tree and shrub seeds. These can all be sown most successfully using hydroseeding; from wildflower seeding and pasture seeding to amenity, sports and erosion control mixtures. Hydromulching achieves the most uniform distribution of each seed type, size and species within the mixture, as the seed is successfully suspended and mixed in the machinery. The use of the hydromulching technique ensures the seed is locked into close contact with the soil or substrate, and is less likely to be washed away by heavy rainfall or affected by climatic changes.
OBL undertake soil sampling, site surveys and can create site specific specifications to provide a practical solution for architects, designers and clients.