Golf Course Hydro Seeding:
Effective Hydro Seeding with one application
Faster Germination periods
To negate use of seeding additives which are expensive and harmful to the environment
Hydrotac – the future of golf course hydro seeding!
GOLF COURSE HYDRO SEEDING
Hydrotac is an environmentally safe, specifically formulated highly effective tackifier. It is diluted with water which serves as a carrier agent and when applied to the ground, air and sunlight become the curing agents. Hydrotac™ is a tackifier and soil binder which in effect “glues” the hydro seed mixture to the surface of the ground until the germination and root growth occurs.
The adhesive properties of Hydrotac allow it to literally hold the grass seed to the surface of the soil while allowing air and water to pass through it in to the ground facilitating the germination of the seed without allowing any negative hydrophobic impact.
Hydrotac has the ability to penetrate the soil by holding the seed in place for germination. The application rate for hydro seeding is very light (.03-.10 Lires/m²) and will provide for a very light flexible crust which will allow the seed, mulch, fibre and cottons to be “tacked” to the soil – with just one application!
Hydrotac is completely environmentally safe (non-toxic, non-hazardous, safe and easy to apply) and will result in a decrease of the environmental impact of golf course hydro seeding and golf course developement as a whole as Hydrotac™ eliminates the need to use other products which according to Audubon international have the following ecological effects:-
Pollution of ground water and surface water caused by use of pesticides, fertilizers and other components.
Poor stream water quality due to eroding shorelines
Withdrawal of large quantities of water for irrigation
Degradation or loss of natural areas
Health hazards from chemical handling and applications
Negative impacts of chemical use on “Non-target” wildlife
Unsound turf management driven by increasing and unrealistic golfer expectations and demands.
The case studies conducted proved that the Hydrotac™ hydro seeding mixture only had to be applied once, not the normal four-six times as was required when Hydrotac™ was not in use.
Decreases Germination time — Yes, the seeds will germinate sooner!
The most exciting and advantageous characteristics of Hydrotac™ includes its ability to effectively hydro seed without expensive additives and its ability to actually “Speed up” the germination process. This was demonstrated at Ernie Els Nondela Drakensberg Golf Estates in South Africa, where the germination of the Kentucky Blue Grass took place 2-3 days sooner than normal.
Hydro Seeding FAQ
Hydrotac is completely environmentally friendly, safe for animals, wildlife and vegetation and dries clear and transparent; leaving the environment in its natural state.
Hydrotac meets all ISO 14001 requirements thus helping to keep all companies involved with the use of the product compliant.
The use of Hydrotac for hydro seeding only requires fertilizer and grass seed thus eliminating the need for costly additives such as organic supplements, wood fibre mulch, cotton mulch, hydro pam and stock absorb. In addition the adhesive properties of Hydrotac will hold the fertilizer and seed in place and will not wash away (even with heavy rains) therefore only requiring one application of the product.
Hydrotac is applied using a simple pump and spray system that is easily housed on a trailer or in the back of a truck for ease of movement and access to any area. A common adjustable spray nozzle is used to ensure that the required application rate is adhered to. The product is applied over the area using 1 to 2 coats depending on the soil conditions. A Finn hydroseeding machine or equilvalent is not required.
The application rate for Hydrotac varies from .02 to .10 litres per square meter depending on soil conditions as well as desired effectiveness.
The best ratio to use is 1 part Hydrotac to 10-15 parts water (the Hydrotac is always added to the water) Again this depends on soil conditions.
Using Hydrotac has proven to decrease germination time up to 40%
Hydrotac comes in mini bulk containers that hold up to 1,040 litres
Hydrotac should ideally be stored in a location to protect it from freezing (above 40º F or 4º C)
More cost effective, environmentally friendly, easier to apply, only applied once, decreased germination time and the added benefits of erosion prevention and soil stabilization