Growing vegetation, grass and ground cover takes time and money. Therefore, Hydromulching and drill seeding from Reed Hydromulch, Inc. offer alternatives to the traditional blankets of sod that landscapers commonly roll out on commercial and residential lawns across Texas.
What is Drill Seeding?
At Reed Hydromulch, one of our primary services is hydroseeding, which uses a slurry solution that’s sprayed onto prepared land to encourage quick and uniform growth. We also offer drill seeding, which is often used in agriculture.
The process uses a tractor that features a special attachment called a seed drill. As the tractor moves, the seed drill moves and opens the soil so that the seeds are placed at a predetermined depth. As the tractor continues in a forward direction, the holes and seeds are covered.
What are the benefits of Drill Seeding?
One of the benefits of this process is that it allows you to choose an exact depth for your seeds and the rate of application can also be determined before the tractor begins to move. Additionally, the cost of drill seeding is often one of the most economical options because there is no wood or fiber mulch added to the process – as is the case with Hydromulching.
Drill Seeding vs Hydroseeding
One of the most impressive advantages of the drill seeding process is that the savings increase significantly as you increase the overall size of the project. Additionally, if you are in an area where water for hydroseeding isn’t easy to come by, drill seeding could offer the best alternative.
Here are more benefits of the drill seeding process:
- It’s a low-cost option for erosion control
- Seeds placed within the soil offer great vegetative cover
- Depending on the application, this can be more effective than hydroseeding
- Requires fewer seeds (about 50% less compared to other techniques)
- Long-term and effective control of erosion
When we consult with you on your project, we’ll discuss hydroseeding vs drill seeding and examine a variety of factors to determine which option is best.
For Drill Seeding in Texas and other seeding services, contact Reed Hydromulching Inc. today!
Finding Success with No-Till Drill Seeding
Just like other seeding methods, no-till seeding requires attention paid to several factors including soil testing and weeds. Competition from other plants can harm the overall growth of the vegetation, so it’s important to make sure that weeds aren’t allowed to flourish with the new seedlings.
Further, it’s important to test the soil before application of seeds via a no-till drill seeding, to make sure the soil pH and fertility are at a sufficient level to support healthy growth. Application of fertilizer and lime (ahead of the seeding) can help ensure healthy soil for seedlings.
Additionally, it’s important to make sure that we handle the seeding on a good date. For no-till seeding, the best times often include late winter, spring, or late summer. However, the type of seeds that will be planted may also influence the seeding date.
Did You Know? Just a single pass with a no-till drill can install up to 30 different species.
Working with Reed Hydromulch
Each project has unique challenges and may benefit from one method over another. One commercial property may benefit most from hydroseeding, while another plot of land may find the best results through drill seeding.
Get in touch with Reed Hydromulching, Inc. today if you’re interested in drill seeding. We’re excited to get started on your drill seeding project, temporary irrigation plan, or hydroseeding.