High Country Hydroseeding was spotlighted in Forester Daily News for its work at the Asheville Regional Airport. The airport is upgrading its runway, and the process calls for the construction of a temporary runway, which will serve as a second taxiway after the existing runway is demolished and replaced. State law requires any land disturbed in construction to be reseeded, so High Country is staying busy. The first step was to install a silt fence and other erosion control measures provided by Pioneer Seed and Supply. The easy part was deciding on a mixture of tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and hard fescue for the flatlands. A mixture of millet and rye was used for nurse seed, as millet fails in frost and rye fails in heat. Twenty-five of the airport’s 175 acres are too steep for mowing, so they were planted with Japanese clover. The grass seed had to be planted instead of sprayed because of the windy conditions at the airport. Bowie hydroseeding machines sprayed fertilizer and hydromulch over the seed in the flat areas. The process was complicated by state requirements for soil pH. Applying 4,000 pounds of lime per acre required special maintenance to prevent scale from building in the hydroseeders. Normally, the next step would have been to blow straw, but High Country had to skip that because straw and jet engines don’t mix. Then there was the weather. Unseasonable aridity in June required dust control, and there was so much rain in July the soil wouldn’t compact. Best management practices don’t exist for dealing with the two inches of rain that fell in half an hour one day.