What is Hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding is a process in which a slurry of seed, water, fertilizer, and mulch is sprayed onto a prepared seedbed. The slurry is mixed in a tank sprayer and forms a thick mat that protects the seeds from erosion, providing nutrients for germination and early growth. It is often used as an erosion control technique on construction sites, as an alternative to the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed. Hydroseeding is a fast, cost-effective and high-quality method of seeding.

Common Misunderstanding

Many people contact us and ask for hydroseeding, not fully understanding what it is. More often than not, what they are looking for is pressure seeding. There is a very big difference. Hydroseeding is typically recommended for bigger areas, such as entire lawns or open areas of at least 10,000 square feet.

Walk behind, pressure seeder

Hydroseeder machine on trailer

Compare Hydroseeding to Sod

Benefits of Hydroseeding

Material cost: It’s much more affordable to hydroseed your lawn instead of sodding.

Installation cost: Whether you choose to DIY or hire a professional team, the cost of labor is typically less than the cost of labor for sodding.

Consistent growth: Because your lawn has started to grow in one place and is left to grow uninterrupted (vs sod’s relocation) steady and consistent growth helps create deep, strong root systems leading to long-term health.

More options: You can get pretty specific about the slurry you use on your lawn, ensuring that your seed is well-suited to grow in the light and soil environment of your yard. 

Cons of Sod

Material cost: Getting a premium lawn established in a matter of hours does not come cheaply. Sod has a much higher price tag than grass seed.

Installation cost: Materials are not the only expense when it comes to sod. You’ll also have to pay the pros to make sure it gets done right.

Inconsistent Growth: Sod is also somewhat picky about where it establishes roots. If your yard is shady, your sod might throw shade right back, and fail to take root.


Limited options: There are limited options of grass types available with sod. You will have to do some looking for available sod that fits the requirements of your property.

What hydroseeding looks like

Before & After Example of Hydroseeding