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Offline smartgrass inc

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how thick should it be applied?
« on: April 17, 2011, 08:06:31 PM »
obviously new to hydroseeding.  whats the consistancy supposed to be after the slurry is sprayed?  how thick should it be applied? also thanks to all the professinals that give advice.  huge help

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Re: how thick should it be applied?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 07:08:19 AM »
Fiber mulch is generally applied at 1200-1500 lbs per acre. Because fiber is different its hard to explain what it should look like. Basically the ground should be evenly covered.
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Re: how thick should it be applied?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 07:28:31 AM »
Usually I tell people to look for 70-90% coverage, just a little bit of brown showing through. 

Sometimes I suggest when they are starting if they know how much area their machine is supposed to seed in one load, to mix everything according to what the manufacturer of their machines advises and then to measure the area they actually spray in a load.   For example if someone has a 300 gallon machine that is supposed to seed 4000 sq ft per load and they measure how much area they sprayed in a load and it turns out to be 4000 sq. ft. , they are probably spraying just about perfectly.  If instead they sprayed 2000 sq. ft, they are most likely applying it too heavily and if they sprayed 6000 sq. ft, they probably are not applying enough material.   I would say that spraying a little less than the machine is advertised is probably ok,  In other words if you actaully sprayed 3500 sq. ft.  that is close enough. 
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Re: how thick should it be applied?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 07:44:01 PM »
wow.  really?  that thick?  should i go back and apply more?

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Re: how thick should it be applied?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2011, 08:06:16 PM »
What machine are you using, what are you using for materials per tank, and roughly how many sq ft are you able to cover per tank?
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Re: how thick should it be applied?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2011, 08:12:51 PM »
i have a 600 gallon easylawn.  i used 3-50 lb bales.  25 lbs seed.  25 lbs fert.  4 lbs tack.  ususally cover 6000 square feet per

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Re: how thick should it be applied?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2011, 05:45:59 AM »
wow.  really?  that thick?  should i go back and apply more?

I am not sure exactly whose post you meant by "that thick?".   If it was my comment about 70-90% coverage, keep in mind that everyones eyeballing something like those numbers may change a bit.  It is probably better to look at how many pounds of mulch you are actually applying per acre and based on your last post it seems like a reasonable amount for paper mulch.  It's pretty much how much I use per acre.

Another thing too is that how someone sprays can have a lot more effect on the visual coverage than it may on the pounds per acre.  If someone sprays down they will bury the mulch a little more and the appearance my look lighter than someone spraying the same amount per acre but spraying out and letting it fall onto the ground.

Your paper mulch amount sounds fine.  Fertilizer is probably ok.  I think I recall you mentioning that you were in upstate NY in another thread.  If that is correct then the seed sounds light to me.  That is basically 4 pounds per 1000 sq. ft.  With the possible exception of seeding a straight blue grass seed it seems pretty light.   Tackifer is hard to say without knowing what kind of tack you are using.  My guess is its fine.
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Re: how thick should it be applied?
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2011, 07:34:05 AM »
At your rates you are seeding at around 1050 to 1100 lbs per acre.   Might be a little light,  I usually recommend to be at least 1,200 lbs/acre. Especially with paper.
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