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One Degree

LawnSite Member
I was curious what contractors were getting for Hydroseeding? Is it priced by the sq. ft. or by the job. I was also wanting to know if it is very profitable? Any comments would be grateful.


LawnSite Bronze Member
Beaver Falls PA
Hi OneDegree,

The range of prices for hydro seeding are for roadside and erosion control projects anywhere from 2 to 4 cents per square foot with 3 being about typical.

For residential and commercial the range would be 4 cents to 12 cents. Many people are able to get more. The hightest I have ever heard of was one guy in the Cayman Islands that gets 99 cents per foot. When I look out at the snow and ice, I wonder if the guy in the Cayman islands needs some competion. Probably 6 to 10 cents would be average. There was a discussion not long ago about this and the prices were very different. It seems like you can get about what you want to get in most areas.

Is it profitable? Well the demand is good and seems to keep growing. It is a nice way to plant grass. Your material cost will range from 1.5 cents to 3 cents per square foot. Of course you have travel time, maintenance, advertising and etc. Take your average lawn size and figure your costs at a high of 3 cents and figure your charge at 8 or 10 cents and see what you get.


LawnSite Senior Member
Just got off the phone with a guy and gave him an estimate of between $3,920.40 and $4,356.00 to hydro an acre of residential, rocky/clay ground and he said that I was higher than most of the people he was checking with......?????? I gave the estimate of between .09 and .10 cents a sq/ft........got me, we'll see if he wants me to do it, hopefully I get the job, but with my luck, I won't.



LawnSite Senior Member
Plus I forgot to add, (and you guys already know this) Hydroseeding machines are extremely outrageous in price, I gotta make it back somehow! :D



LawnSite Silver Member
transition zone
A hydroseeding machine is a device that mixes seed, fertilizer,water, and sometimes mulch, and other ingredients to form a slurry to be used for seeding purposes. The mixing action can be achieved by means of mechanical ,(paddles rotating inside the machine), or by jet, ( the recirculating of water inside the tank), to blend all the ingredients together.
There are advantages and disadvantges to both types of machines. The mechanical agitated machines can generaly mix heaver mulch and material rates than the jet agitated ones. Drawbacks include, purchase price, empty weight, and maintenance issues such as rusting, and wearing out of moving parts. Jet machines have few moving parts, are less expensive and easier to maintain. They are also usually made with plastic tanks so rusting isnt an issue. Drawbacks would include using lower mulch rates, and their lower ability to use certain types of mulches. Excellent results can be achieved with either type of machine.