Why is hydroseeding used?

After outlining exactly what hydroseeding is and how the process of hydroseeding works, we’re often asked the question ‘Why is hydroseeding used?’.

There are many reasons as to why hydroseeding is used and why it can offer tremendous benefits over traditional seeding methods. Let’s look at some of the most important reasons hydroseeding is used and why it works so well for those purposes.

Exactly why is hydroseeding used?

The main reasons hydroseeding is used are:


  • hydroseeding can be completed in a short period of time;
  • it results in rapid seed germination;
  • it is very cost-effective;
  • it offers reliably even coverage;
  • the seed mix can be easily customised;
  • it provides resilience against soil erosion and run-off;
  • it offers an easy solution for seeding large or inaccessible areas.



We can see from this list that there are several important reasons as to why hydroseeding is used – let’s drill down a little deeper to explore these reasons in more detail.

First of all, hydroseeding is used because it results in rapid seed germination and the process itself is relatively quick to complete. These two factors are a big part of what makes hydroseeding so cost effective.

The reason the seeds germinate so quickly is that the hydroseeding mulch – which includes organic fibres, biostimulants and fertilisers as well as the seed – means that the seed becomes locked in close contact with the soil, and provides a micro climate to promote optimal growth.

For similar reasons, hydroseeding is also used because the superior way in which the seeds bond with the soil means that the seed is less likely to be washed away by heavy rainfall, or affected by other climatic factors. This then results in even distribution of the seed, making for an optimal final result.

Another reason that hydroseeding is superior to many other seeding methods in achieving even coverage, is that the distinctive green colour of the hydroseed mix ( which you can read more about in this post) makes it very easy for the operative to see which areas have and have not been covered with seed, resulting in a uniform distribution across the entire area.

Another reason hydroseeding is used is to prevent soil erosion. Hydroseeding is particularly good for preventing soil erosion because of the factors we have already explored. The rapid and even germination of the seeds helps to firm up and stabilise the soil, which curbs any erosion.

And finally, hydroseeding is used because it offers an excellent solution to the problem of seeding large and/or inaccessible areas like steep slopes effectively. You can see a great example of hydroseeding being utilised for this purpose here.

Hopefully this information has helped to answer the question ‘Why is hydroseeding used?’

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