The Lowdown on Hydroseeding and Mulch Blowing
Environmental fallout is an inevitable result of living in the world. Natural disasters, like fires and floods, as well as manmade disasters such as the recent oil spill, wreak havoc with our natural resources. Then, there are the more everyday phenomena, like wind, rain and snow, which affect daily conditions. These kinds of occurrences have a profound impact on one of the most basic elements of our planet: the soil.
Whether because of massive erosion, stormwater runoff, or just clearing land to make way for new housing, the soil needs to be protected. Fortunately, many advances have been made toward controlling the damage to the soil, or at least making it so that the damage doesn’t have to be permanent or irreversible.
In many cases, specialized equipment is called on to do the job. One such piece of equipment is the hydroseeding machine. It was first introduced in the United States in the 1950s, as a way to help stabilize highways for military equipment transportation. Hydroseeders are now quite popular and used in a number of ways.
Hydroseeders—or hydraulic mulch seeders, as they are sometimes called—utilize a slurry of seed, fertilizer and mulch that is