Roadway Slopes, Soil Erosion Control And Hydroseeding
While many outdoor construction projects are subdued and slowed down by rain or snow, the work continues when the sun is out. Areas of soil removed and replaced during cold weather will still need to be treated for erosion control, despite the cold or possibility for freezing precipitation.
Sloping areas are especially needy when it comes to soil erosion, a huge problem for many roadway and asphalt contractors:
Planting Grass In The Middle Of Winter
If a new road is cut and paved through a mountainous area during the late fall, the need for grass sewing on sloping shoulders may be necessary in early winter. Some slopes are steep enough to warrant special seeding techniques simply due to the risk of washout, especially during winter when rain or snow is more likely. Because hydroseeding promotes fast root growth, it has become the number one choice for roadway and asphalt contractors in projects requiring the fastest possible root structure for preventing erosion and washout of newly developed slopes.
How Fast Is Fast?
Typically, a traditionally seed sown area takes several weeks to begin substantial growth for providing true erosion control. With hydroseeding, growth begins with seven days and by the end of four weeks, fully established grass is growing. When it comes to sloping areas alongside roadways, the need for fast growing seed is absolute.
The need for fast growth without maintenance is even more important, thus the best reason to choose hydroseeding. For paving and roadway contactors, hydroseeding can not only save money, but a great deal of time as well.
Fertilizers And Fibers Are Included
Many seed mixes used in popular hydroseeding machines contain fertilizers and fibrous materials for promoting fast growth. Fibrous materials are used to promote a stronger root structure, the key to supporting successful erosion control. Most mulch fibers in hydroseeding mixes are made from wood. Some fibrous material is manufactured out of recycled paper.
Fibrous material in hydroseeding mixes is the reason it works so well for fast and long lasting erosion control, setting the stage for grass root structures to be more complex and connected.
Mulch Supports Greater Water Retention
New grass seedlings require a fair amount of water for the fastest possible initial sprouting to take place. Wood mulch mixed into hydroseeding mixes helps to retain moisture, thus providing near constant supply of water for fast growth. Hand sewn or sod seeding cannot provide this type of water retention due to the lack of fibrous material introduced with seeds.
Contractors working on the roadway require erosion control that can be dispersed fast without the need for high maintenance during initial growth periods. Roadway erosion control is important as well to prevent mud slides. Hydroseeding is the answer to soil erosion for roadway and asphalt contractors that must prevent erosion control in order to preserve the integrity of roadways and ecosystems alongside of the roads.
To learn more, contact a company like Bark Blowers & Hydroseeding Inc. with any questions you have.