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Hydroganics is an exciting ‘hydrocompost’ solution from NuGrow. It offers a major groundcover alternative for property developers, commercial landscapers, infrastructure contractors, government agencies and mine owners and contractors seeking to stabilise and rehabilitate land. Clients benefit from an affordable, high-­quality compost-­based germination media and erosion control solution not previously available in the market.

Benefits

Hydroganics is the first of its kind to combine:

  • Germination media using NuGrow’s industry-­leading compost, with up to 20 times the organic material of traditional hydromulch
  • Wet application, supporting instant activation of binding agents/tackifiers
  • Seed optimisation, embedding seeds directly in the germination media for faster growth
  • Instant erosion control and soil protection, supported by the fibre-­based matrix

Fast facts

  • Ensuring cost-­effective application of the germination media at 3mm to 15mm deep
  • Reducing sacrificial seed through an optimised seed density and depth
  • Enabling application rates of up to 10,000m2 per day
Fit-for-purpose

Hydroganics is available at budget, traditional and premium levels based on client objectives and site requirements, determined in consultation with a Hydroganics representative. This gives maximum flexibility in pricing and delivers a service that is neither ‘over-­specified’ nor compromised.

All sites are assessed to inform a tailored solution including seed mixes. Clients then have the option of soil testing and incorporating wetting agents and ameliorants in the single pass application. The Hydroganics team can collaborate with soil scientists, ecologists and seed experts to guide this tailoring process.

Application rates are impressively fast, with the added advantage of easy access around difficult terrain. Once applied, the benefits of the specialised compost come to the fore, featuring slow-­release nutrients – particularly nitrogen and phosphorous – and an injection of organic carbon back into the soil. This re-­builds soil structure, organic matter and fertility, creating long-­term value. Furthermore, when the Hydroganics process is followed, ongoing maintenance for clients is generally minimised.

“A major erosion control
and land rehabilitation
alternative”

Hydroganics in action
Springfield Lakes Water Main Upgrade

Springfield Lakes water main upgrade

Lend Lease was constructing a water main through bushland for a major property development. The team wanted a new solution to revegetate the site, having previously faced unsuccessful seeding attempts and the high expense of topsoil, tube stock and mulching methods. Hydroganics presented a new seeding method, a huge cost saving compared to tube stock planting and the benefits of a topsoil-free solution that would minimise long-term maintenance. The successful application saw natives starting to germinate after six weeks.
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Port Drive Upgrade

Port Drive upgrade

Seymour Whyte’s Port Drive Upgrade project is duplicating the existing road and adding overpasses and a separate shared user path. The team was looking for innovative ways to stabilise and revegetate batters. They decided to trial Hydroganics as an alternative to more common methods already specified for the project. Hydroganics was applied to an untrimmed fill batter consisting of various materials. Cover crop started germinating after just one week and was well established after three weeks.
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Olsen Avenue Road Upgrade

Olsen Avenue road upgrade

Georgiou Group contracted NuGrow to provide long-term batter stabilisation for their Olsen Avenue road upgrade project, which was taking the roadway from four to six lanes. Following review, Hydroganics was established as an approved alternative. It delivered a superior, topsoil free solution to the originally-specified use of imported topsoil and double-pass hydromulch – achieved through Hydroganics’ higher quality germination media and single-pass application.
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