Top 3 Questions Asked About Hydroseeding

Top 3 Questions Asked About Hydroseeding

Question 1: How Much Does Hydroseeding Cost?

Answer: The answer depends on the desired results.  Higher quality results require more mulch per square foot and better quality mulch.  As quality increases so does the materials and labor costs required to make the application.  (1) Just the mulch and tackifier materials for “Good Quality Hydro-Mulching” can easily cost 3¢ a square foot or more.  (2) The mulch for a thin, soupy hydro-seeding application can cost less than ½ ¢ a square foot.  (3) For premium erosion control blanket-replacement applications, expect the mulch costs to be as much as 10¢ a square foot.

Question 2: How Much Area is Covered with a Tank Load?

Answer: Refer to Question 1 before proceeding because everything depends on the desired results.  (1) A “Good Quality Hydro-mulching” requires as much as 1,000 gallons of slurry to cover 7,000 - 8,000 square feet.  (2) Thin soupy hydro-seeding can easily cover as much as 15,000 with 1,000 gallons of application.  (3) Premium erosion control blanket-replacement applications using thick special products may require 1,000 gallons of slurry to cover no more than 5,500.- 6,500 square feet.

Question 3: How Much Do Contractors Charge for Hydroseeding?

Answer: The most important cost factor is, “how much of what quality mulch is to be used”.  Any contractor can use better or lesser mulch applications and change the price he needs to charge substantially.  Other factors include seed costs, size of job, transportation, and difficulty of the job.

Large jobs with relatively poor mulch applications are sometimes priced at less than 2¢ per square foot.  Home lawn projects with “Good Quality Hydro-mulching” may be priced from 15¢ per square foot.  When erosion control blankets are being replaced with Flexterra® or other high quality Bonded Fiber Matrix products, expect a multi-acre project to be priced at a minimum $6,000 -$7,000 per acre.  It is not uncommon to see these jobs priced up to $10,000 per acre.  These jobs are highly specialized and require better machinery (such as a TurfMaker) and more skilled personnel.