Imprint seeding methods use specialized equipment to make a wedge-shaped imprint in arid and desert soils where seeds are placed. The imprints are stable for up to two years, allowing seeds to germinate according to the wet and dry seasons naturally. The machines also tear up any weeds, turning them into mulch that is laid on top of the imprints and seeds. A seed hopper can either be fixed onto the front of the machine and pressed into the imprint, or the hopper can be fixed to the back and broadcast seed into the imprints.
Imprint seeding works best for restoring arid and desert landscapes where the soil surface traps air in macropores making it difficult for water to enter the soil. The wedge-shaped imprints break up the soil surface and allow for water to reach the seeds and concentrate nutrients. The imprints also serve to protect the seeds from blowing away in the wind. By allowing seeds to germinate with the wet and dry seasons, the land is restored to a more natural state than if it were irrigated.
Arnold’s Custom Seeding reclaims thousands of acres of land each year. Imprint seeding is just one of our many seeding methods. If you are looking to reclaim arid or desert land, then imprint seeding is a viable option for you. We maintain a vast fleet of custom designed and built equipment to provide efficient imprint seeding as well as grind up any weeds to form a mulch layer over the imprints further protecting the seeds from the wind and washing away during heavy rainfall.