Hydroseeding Q4 2008

One reason for dealing with seeding the slope this Fall was we wanted to do dormant seeding so next Spring's rain will get new growth started as soon as possible and will minimize watering needs (having been forewarned by our encounter with the Seed Nazis). Since this south facing slope will warmed by the sun all Winter, we needed to wait as late as possible to sow the seed to avoid early germination. Weather this Fall was unusually warm and wet, so we put off finishing the work until November 28 – over 4 weeks later than this sort of work is usually done.

Hydroseed slurry alone is not sufficient to make even the native grasses grow. It was necessary to lay down a thick layer of topsoil. The slope was high as well as steep, so the topsoil had to be "shot" from the trucks onto the slope.