Experts disagree about the projected strength of El Nino this year. While research in the spring suggested a strong El Nino and wet fall, the storm’s late arrival has meteorologists speculating that the drought won’t end as quickly as anticipated. Like most landscapers, we’re crossing our fingers for rainfall this season; but regardless of the strength of autumn storms, we have the tools to establish healthy turfgrass this fall.
Rain or Shine
Hydroseed is a popular choice for establishing grass lawns in Northern California. Landscapers and homeowners choose hydroseed because it’s fast, efficient, and time-effective. Though hydroseed works well for erosion control during heavy rainfall, it can also germinate in drier conditions. The time it takes to establish a hydroseed lawn depends largely on the type of seed and the mixture of fertilizer, mulch, and water used when hydroseeding. Hydroseed can establish in a few weeks or a few months depending on the needs of the customer. However, unlike sod, hydroseed doesn’t need frequent watering to grow. Rainfall, manual watering, and even dew can give hydroseed the moisture it needs to begin establishing. El Nino or no El Nino, that’s good news for homeowners in El Dorado Hills.
Fast Facts about Hydroseed
- Hydroseed provides excellent erosion control for hills and level ground
- Hydroseed requires less upkeep than sod because the slurry includes fertilizer, water, and tackifier
- Even before germination, hydroseed will not wash away during rainfall
- Hydroseed is less expensive than sod and installation requires less labor to install