How Much Does Hydroseeding Cost?

Ginny Bartolone
Written by Ginny Bartolone
Reviewed by Tara Dudley
Updated August 12, 2022
Hydroseeding a new lawn
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Professional hydroseeding costs anywhere between $500 and $4,000 depending on the structure of your lawn and a few key details

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Seeding your lawn can take a bit of time, but luckily, there is a clever way to skip the lengthy process, as well as the high costs of laying sod. Hydroseeding—also known as hydromulching or hydraulic mulch seeding—is the method of spraying a pressurized mix of grass seed, fertilizer, water, and mulch to grow a lush lawn in under a month.

The size of your lawn is the biggest factor in determining the cost to hydroseed your lawn. Other bits of info—like what's in your hydroseeding mix and the cost of local labor—play a role as well. Expect to pay an average of $0.10 per square foot and $3,500 per acre.

How Much Does Hydroseed Cost per Acre and Square Foot?

The hydroseed mix—known as a slurry—helps grass seed take root in many ways. Water combines with the mulch, allowing the grass seed to stay moist while grounded in the soil. The extra fertilizer then provides the boost the seed needs to flourish. In just a few weeks, you'll be ready to break out the lawnmower again.

Lawn pros near you will likely determine how much hydroseeding costs by the size of your landscape. Your square-foot or acre price includes the cost of:

  • Hydroseeding equipment

  • Amount of slurry required

  • Labor

  • Slope of your lawn and erosion threats

That last detail is very important. The steeper the slope of your lawn, the more likely you'll need extra slurry to latch onto the soil. The reason is simple: Gravity takes hold on steeper slopes and can send the seed sliding down the hill with the slurry or during the next rainfall.

If you have less than a 10-degree slope, expect lower prices. Anything above a 20 to 25-degree slope—like a great sledding hill—will cause hydroseeding prices to go up.

Hydroseed Cost per Square Foot

Overall, expect to pay between $0.06 to $0.20 per square foot for hydroseeding based on slope and the quality of your slurry. In other words, a 10,000-square-foot lawn at the rate of $0.12, will cost $1,200.

Some professionals offer bulk prices for larger landscapes as well. The more square feet you're looking to cover, the lower the per-square-foot rate tends to drop—a bit like buying in bulk at the grocery store.

Hydroseed Cost by Acre

Professionals price large properties by the acre. The cost for hydroseeding massive spaces spans $2,000 to $4,000 an acre.

Hydroseed Cost by Hour

Just a quick note: if you need a small area hydroseeded, such as under 500 square feet, your landscaper may charge by the hour. Depending on your region, rates range from $24 to $30 an hour.

How Much Does It Cost to Hydroseed Near You?

Like most services, each region of the country sets its own prices for hydroseeding, but the numbers are a bit hard to pin down. Here are some factors that can sway prices either way.

Type of Grass

Different grasses thrive in different climates. If your lawn needs a more expensive variety—like disease-resistant bentgrass—expect a higher price tag.

“A benefit of hydroseeding is that you can create a custom mix of seed that best suits the area you are seeding,” says Tara Dudley, Angi Expert Review Board member and owner of Plant Life Designs. “For example, in shadier areas, you can hydroseed with a fescue blend to accommodate the shady microclimate."

Local Labor Prices

Labor costs are likely higher around big cities than in small towns off the beaten path. Expect this to affect your per-foot or per-acre cost.

“Additional labor is needed too if existing weeds or grass have to be removed before seeding versus just seeding on bare dirt,” says Dudley.

Erosion Threat

In addition to the slope of your lawn, areas that weather an abundance of water and wind require more hydroseeding slurry. So if you live off the windy coastline of Lake Erie, the cost to hydroseed may run a bit higher.

How Much Hydroseeding Can I Get on My Budget?

Hydroseed lawn patch
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Let's use the average hydroseeding costs of $0.10 per square foot and $3,500 per acre. We'll assume you choose a mid-grade grass seed and do not have a heavily sloped lawn. Expect the following prices within each budget range with varying factors affecting the bottom line.

$500 to $1,500

Hydroseed a 5,000 to 15,000-square-foot lawn with an average seed and slope. Since the average lawn size is about 10,871 square feet, this is a good place to start.

$1,500 to $4,000

You can professionally hydroseed a mid-to-large-sized lawn at this price—between 15,000 square feet and just over one acre. 

If you have a highly sloped lawn or opt for a high-end slurry, expect this range for a smaller lawn at the $0.18 rate.

$4,000+

Once you break into the average cost of hydroseeding for a much larger area, your pro may offer lower prices for more acres. This range covers large landscapes with high-quality seed.

How Much Does It Cost to Hydroseed a Lawn Yourself?

Lawn enthusiasts have a big opportunity here. Technically, yes, you can hydroseed your lawn itself. The DIY process can be hit or miss, however, and a bit costly. You can expect these costs:

CostPrice
Hydroseeding machine$1,500 – $10,000
Hydroseeding machine rental$300 – $500 a day
Store-bought hydroseed$0.20 – $0.50 per sq. ft.
DIY hydroseeding kits $25 – $35 per 100 sq. ft.

The DIY hydroseeding kits are best for touching up small dead patches in your lawn, such as where your lawn furniture sat during the summer or damage done by pets. They are not typically cost-effective or as successful for full landscapes.

If you do opt to rent or buy the hydroseeding machine, factor in the cost to transport it from your local rental store unless you own a pick-up or a large van.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding is a popular option for new lawns. The price is often straightforward and easy to calculate based on a few simple details. Here’s a quick breakdown to determine your hydroseeding price:

  • Size of your lawn: Prices break down by square foot or acre and professionals offer discounts for larger areas.

  • Slope and erosion risk: You'll need more seed on sloped areas or those prone to wind and heavy rain.

  • Type of mixture: Slurry prices can fluctuate based on grass seed variety and special fertilizer additives.

  • Preparation of the area: If the area needs to be cleared or prepared prior to hydroseeding, you will pay more.

  • Labor: Per-hour and equipment rates are higher in more costly areas across the country.

FAQs About Hydroseeding

Should I DIY or hire a pro to hydroseed my lawn?

Unlike reseeding your lawn, which you can tackle by hand, hydroseeding requires specialized equipment and materials. Renting a hydroseeder runs between $300 and $500 a day, so it is only worth renting for very large properties that you feel confident caring for without a professional eye.

What should I consider when hydroseeding?

Timing is key when determining the best time to hydroseed your lawn. Set aside time to stay off the delicate turf for up to six weeks after the pros spray the slurry of seeds.

Your local pro will also offer watering and fertilizer instructions for the months after your application. Make sure you will be available to water it consistently, especially in the first two to three weeks for best results.

What other projects can I do at the same time?

If you're only hydroseeding a small portion of your landscape, take a look at the rest of your grass. Does it need some TLC after a hard winter or sun-scorched summer? Take on reseeding and repairing your lawn with some DIY projects like weed pulling or even planting some new flowers in the untouched area.

Also, once your beautiful new hydroseeded lawn pops up, you'll need some great professionals to keep it looking as fresh as its first few days. Find the best local landscapers in your area for long-term lawn care.

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