March 17, 2015 12:12


Stop erosion before it starts.

Did you know that sediment is the largest water pollutant in the world? Concerns over fracking, fertilizers, and pesticides don’t hold a candle to sediment.

Hydroseeding is one of the most effective methods that a contractor can use to reduce sediment flowing from a construction site and into storm drains, streams, or rivers. A huge benefit of hydroseeding is the ability to provide “instant ground cover” that meets contractual ground cover requirements while stopping erosion before it starts, all this while creating a perfect environment for permanent ground cover to become established.

Check out the IAHP and its Certified Hydroseeding Professional program. Establish your qualifications and experience. Raise your business above the competition. Go to for more information.

What do you do when the Erosion and Control Plan has ambiguous or erroneous specifications?

Have you ever seen a specification that requires ‘straw mulch applied at two tons per acre with emulsified asphalt tackifier’? Straw is an excellent mulch.

However, it is no comparison to a good hydroseed application with added emulsified asphalt as a tackifier.

Most environmentalists will say “Do what?” Even in blown straw mulch applications, the hydroseeding industry has developed a tackifier that can be applied with a hydroseeder that is more effective controlling sediment than asphalt tackifiers and has no negative environmental concerns or impacts. Hydroseeding is a better solution and cost comparable but if you need to use straw, consider hydroseeding tackifiers.

Channels, slopes or flats, we’ve got you covered. At one time, only paper mulch was available for hydroseeding and it could only be applied to relatively flat terrain. Time has progressed and so have the available mulches. There are products that only work on flat areas, others that can be used on slopes exceeding a 1/1, and even products that can be used in channels!

When you have nine miles of channel and 40 acres of slopes that need to be stabilized in five days, rolled matting is not a viable option. A huge benefit in hydroseeding is that all application steps can be completed simultaneously (seed, fertilizer, lime, tackifier, and mulch) and large areas can be serviced with minimal manpower. The manpower and coverage requirements facilitate faster installation with a lower labor cost, typically equaling a lower cost to the contractor as well as an instant ground cover. Hydroseeding is faster, more economical and produces better results.

IAHP Certified Hydroseeding Professional (CHP) online seminars will continue through March. Register online at The CHP exam is multiple choice and administered online. A score of 75% or more is required for certification. The qualifications for the exam and the application can be found on the IAHP’s website. An online review seminar to prepare candidates for the exam will be conducted on March 31. Register at the IAHP’s website. You can be certified before the spring season begins. Certification verifies your knowledge and experience, builds your reputation and instills confidence in your customers.

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