Hydroseeding Yields Superior Results on Hawthorn Woods, IL Lawns and Natural Areas
Seeding a lawn is the basis of your Hawthorn Woods, Illinois landscape. You could seed your lawn by hand, but that might take half a day, or longer. You could hire someone to seed the lawn by hand for you. Your new grass will still be at the mercy of the soil conditions and external problems, such as bad weather. Let's face it; seeding a lawn is a risky business. Sometimes it comes up beautifully, and other times it doesn't. McGinty Bros., Inc. wants to introduce you to a better way to seed. It's called hydroseeding.
First, let's take a crash course on the basics of hydroseeding. Hydroseeding is a method of seeding a lawn or other natural area using a hydroseeding machine and sprayer. It's fast, economical, and effective. The process involves a mixture of elements.
- Quality Seed
Mix them all up in the application tank, and you've got a recipe for a lush, green lawn. The seed blend can be mixed to your specifications, or you can let the McGinty Bros. experts devise a blend to fit your site.
The mixed slurry is applied as a controlled spray from the tank onto the ground. This method takes a fraction of the time it would take to hand-sow, plus it leaves your yard an attractive green color. (Bonus tip: the green color lets you see that the slurry was evenly applied to the entire area.)
Hydroseeded lawns hold moisture better than sod or hand sown lawns, which means the seeds can germinate quicker. Seed germination typically takes place in just 7 to 10 days. The mulch fiber can hold up to 10 times its weight in water. This keeps the seed moist and hidden from the scorching rays of the sun. As time elapses, the mulch fibers decompose, creating nutrient-rich soil for the continued growth of the seeded area.
We think you'll agree that hydroseeding is the superior way to seed a lawn or natural area. Here are some further reasons to support our opinion.
- Hydroseeded lawns hold moisture better.
- Seeds germinate quicker.
- The custom seed blend includes fewer weed seeds.
- Soils do not get layered in the process.
- A tackifying agent virtually eliminates erosion.
- Hydroseeding allows for a greater ability to plant trees and shrubs.
- The dye in the mixture helps the hydroseeder apply evenly.
Natural areas such as prairies and wetlands are great places to use the hydroseeding method. These types of natural areas are not always flat and accessible, the way a lawn is, which makes seeding more difficult. Hydroseeders are very effective at seeding steep slopes, rocky terrain, and other areas where conditions limit walking or driving equipment. Why doesn't the seed roll off a steep slope? The hydromulch holds the seeds in place. It also helps to retain moisture, and it provides protection from erosion.
When applied properly, hydroseeding has shown exceptionally high and quick germination rates for flower species in comparison to other seeding methods.
Little Landscaping Company on the Prairie
McGinty Bros., Inc. has more than 30 years of experience in prairie and wildflower seeding in Hawthorn Woods, IL and beyond. We turn open spaces into beautiful fields of prairie grasses and colorful wildflowers.
Where Did the Prairies Go?
Once upon a time, prairies stretched like endless seas of grass from Canada to Mexico and from the Rocky Mountains to Indiana. Our prairie lands were part of the largest ecosystem in North America. Think of how it must have looked to the first European settlers, slowly making their way west across the great prairies!
As any US historian knows, the settlers kept trekking their way west, stopping here and there to build farms, towns, and cities. Eventually the railroads cut their way through the prairies, and then people really started stampeding into the area where the buffalo once roamed. Such is the way of human progress. Today, we live in a land of highways and houses. Chicago is the third most populated city in the United States. Where did the prairies go? Sadly, less than one percent of Illinois' native prairie ecosystem remains.
McGinty Bros. is Here to Help!
The near elimination of native prairie has inspired many efforts to protect the few remaining parcels. In the landscaping world, we call it Prairie and Wildflower Installation and Management. This is a fancy label for creating natural places that are prairie land. How does it work? The experienced pros at McGinty Bros. create a custom blend of wildflower and/or prairie seed to suit the needs of the natural space. We then use our hydroseeding method to apply the seed mixture to the area. The hydromulch is so moist and full of nutrients, the seed germinates quickly and grows into a fine prairie land in no time.
Where Do the Prairies Grow Now?
McGinty Bros. seed and manage prairies on large open areas such as:
- business centers
- highway medians
Do you have an open space? Call us to today to learn how to beautify your space by turning it into a lovely field of prairie grasses and colorful wildflowers. You'll be making something aesthetically pleasing and healthy for the environment.
For the Kids: A Book Recommendation
Seeding a natural space and making it more beautiful is the theme of a classic picture book by Barbara Cooney. Miss Rumphius scattered lupine seeds by hand and achieved a thing of beauty for her whole community to enjoy. Think of what she could have done with hydroseeding!
Enjoy the Benefits of Hydroseeding. Give Us a Call!
Now that you've learned the basics of hydroseeding and prairie seeding, you might have thought of some questions. Give our Hawthorn Woods, IL seeding experts a call. We will be happy to provide you with answers, and we'll also encourage you to set up an appointment for your free evaluation. We'll come to your place and look things over. We'll let you know if hydroseeding is an option that will work for your situation. We look forward to hearing from you!