A Full Breakdown of the Cost to Reseed or Overseed a Yard

Mariel Loveland
Written by Mariel Loveland
Reviewed by Tara Dudley
Updated May 16, 2022
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The typical cost to reseed or overseed a yard is $400 to $1,600, depending on your lawn’s size and seed type

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If your lawn is looking a little worn-down after seasons of playing catch, running through the sprinklers, or romps by rough-and-tumble pups, it may be time to reseed or overseed. The average cost to overseed a lawn is about $1,000, but prices will vary depending on the size of your yard and the condition of your lawn and soil.

How Much Does It Cost to Overseed or Reseed a Yard per Square Foot?

If you’re dealing with a brown or patchy lawn, reseeding a lawn can help you to repair your lawn in order to have the sparkling, emerald green lawn of your dreams. It costs an average of $0.10 to $0.20per square foot to reseed or overseed a lawn. Some of the factors that influence the cost per square foot include what type of seed you use, labor costs, and the condition of your lawn.

How Much Does It Cost to Seed a New Lawn?

Most homeowners use reseeding as a way to fill in patchy areas of their existing lawn. Though it’s less common, you may want to seed a brand new lawn. This is typically done with new construction or where a large patch of lawn was removed during a renovation. According to HomeAdvisor, the cost to seed a new lawn is usually around $400 to $1,500—about the same price as reseeding or overseeding. 

Seeding a New Lawn vs. Laying Sod

It takes weeks to grow a lush lawn from seeds, so many homeowners prefer to lay sod. On average, the cost of sod installation is usually between $450 and $4,520, so it can be quite a bit more expensive than seeding.

Yard Reseeding or Overseeding Cost Breakdown

There are several factors that influence the cost of reseeding a yard, including the type of seed and labor costs.

Seed Type

Which type of grass seed is best for you varies depending on the specific conditions of your lawn. Costs can range from $3 per pound for fescue grass seed to $10 per pound for bahia grass seed.

Labor

Labor costs between $250 and $350 to reseed a lawn. Labor can be more expensive if you need to remove large dead sections of your lawn. On the other hand, labor is usually less expensive if you only need to reseed a small area.

Location

Prices for reseeding a lawn can vary depending on where you live in the country. For example, it costs an average of only $660 to reseed a lawn in Detroit, while it costs an average of $2,020 in Los Angeles.

Lawn Size

The bigger your lawn, the more you’ll pay to reseed. It costs an average of $0.10 to $0.20per square foot to reseed or overseed a lawn. If your lawn has a few problem areas but is generally in good shape, consider only reseeding in spots in order to cut costs.

Lawn Quality

You’ll pay more to reseed your yard if it’s in bad shape. If there are large dead patches of grass and weeds, you may need to clear these areas before you reseed, or even consider installing new sod. When seeding your lawn, it may also be necessary to fertilize your lawn with a starter fertilizer and aerate your lawn to give the new seed optimal growing conditions.

Packages and Plans

You can save a little money on reseeding if it’s wrapped into a general lawn care plan. Many lawn care services have packages or plans that include a regular schedule of lawn maintenance tasks like fertilization, aeration, weed control, and mowing. The price depends on the company.

How Much Does It Cost to Overseed or Reseed a Lawn by Seed Type?

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Popular seed types include fescue, bahia, and bermuda. Many bags of grass seed also come as a mix. Which type of grass seed is best for you depends on which area of the country you live in, how much sun and rain your lawn gets, and other environmental factors.

Bahia

Bahia grass seed costs an average of $10 per pound. This type of seed grows best in hot climates and tolerates drier conditions, making it a good fit for lawns in the southern United States.

Clover

Clover does best in a temperate climate. It costs an average of $4 per pound. This makes clover an affordable option for reseeding a lawn. Clover also requires minimal maintenance, which means that it’s a good choice for shady areas and problem spots. And bonus: It’s a nice option for attracting pollinators, says Dudley. Just keep in mind that clover is not actually a grass, and may not be allowed in some areas where it’s considered a weed.

Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky Bluegrass seed costs an average of $6 per pound. This type of seed also does best in a temperate climate. It’s a good fit for areas with high foot traffic, so consider this option if you have kids or dogs that like to play outside. But, Dudley advises, it will go dormant in the summer without regular watering.

Fescue

At $3 per pound, fescue is one of the most affordable grass seed options. This type of grass seed does best in temperate areas. Fescue is known for its resilience and durability. It’s a good pick if you live in a cooler climate and want an attractive lawn at an affordable price. “Fescue blends are versatile and tend to do better in shadier conditions,” says Dudley.

Bermuda

Bermuda grass seed costs an average of $6 per pound. This type of grass does best in warm climates, and is a good fit for the southern United States. It is resistant to heat, drought, and salt.

How Much Does It Cost to Reseed or Overseed a Yard Myself?

If you’re trying to cut costs, you may want to consider reseeding or overseeding yourself. You could save between $250 and $350 in labor if you decide to take a DIY approach for this project and plant grass seed yourself. You’ll still need to pay for the grass seed, which can range between $90 and $150 for a 50 pound bag. If you don’t already own one, you might also want to consider renting a push aerator, which typically costs around $20 per hour. Aerating will loosen the soil to help the fertilizer and grass seeds penetrate better to create stronger roots.

While you can save a few dollars by reseeding or overseeding your lawn yourself, it may not always be the best option. This task takes a lot of time and energy, and if you don’t do a thorough job your lawn could suffer. A professional lawn seeding company near you will know exactly what type of seed is best for your lawn and how much to use for optimal growth. Plus, a professional lawn care company will have all the correct equipment on-hand to complete the job, says Tara Dudley, Expert Review Board member and landscape designer.

FAQs About Overseeding or Reseeding Your Yard

How much does hydroseeding cost?

Hydroseeding costs about $500 to $4,000. This method allows you to spray a pressurized mix of grass seed, fertilizer, water, and mulch on your lawn, which results in a thick, lush lawn in less time than traditional seeding methods.

What should I keep in mind when seeding my lawn?

Whether you’re putting down fresh seed or reseeding, there are a few things to keep in mind when seeding your lawn. You should be sure to choose the correct seed for your climate, seed at the right time of year, and water two to three times a day for the first week. Generally, Dudley prefers to seed in spring and fall as it is usually cooler and rainier.

When is the best time to reseed a lawn?

The best time to reseed your lawn depends on the type of grass. In general, reseed warm-season grasses during the spring or summer. Reseed cool-season grasses in the early spring or early fall.

Will grass seed grow if it’s thrown down? 

You may get a few sprouts, but you probably won’t grow a healthy lawn if you just throw down grass seed. You need to prep your soil, fertilize the seeds, keep them moist, and seed at the right time. Want to grow the healthiest grass? Follow these tips for seeding your lawn.

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