HOW TO PRICE HYDRO SEEDING JOBS
It is important to realize that hydro seeding jobs can vary a lot in what is required. A common application for hydro seeding is to install a new lawn. Erosion control is another common application. Hydro seeding also works better than any other method for construction repair, spot seeding, soil stabilization and lots more.
Typically hydro seeding jobs are priced by the square foot or by the acre. For smaller jobs most contractors have a minimum charge. Typically larger jobs will be priced lower than smaller jobs.
Residential and Commercial jobs are generally priced in the 10 to 15 cent a square foot range but some contractors are as high as 20 cents a foot. If the job is an acre or larger some contractors will drop the price a penny or two per sq. st. Large multi acre hydro seeding jobs such as roadsides and large erosion control project are often in the 5 to 7 cent a sq. ft. range. With small jobs most contractors will have a minimum charge. Typically that may be in the $ 300-500.00 range. Often the larger the machine the higher the minimum charge.
MATERIAL COST OF HYDRO SEEDING
Here is a cost breakdown for the materials to mix a load in a 300 gallon hydroseeder. For this example we are using the prices we sell supplies at and what we would mix in a load.
Mulch 3 bales at $ 11.95 per bale $ 35.85
Seed, 30 pounds at $ 2.05 per pound $ 61.50
Fertilizer 8 pounds @ 2.19 per pound $ 17.58
Tackifier 4 oz $ $ 1.00 per oz $ 4.00
Total material cost for the load $ 118.93
Coverage of a 300 gallon unit is 4000 sq. ft so the cost per sq. ft would be 2.93 cents a sq.ft.
As an example a 10,000 sq. ft. residental job was seeded at 10 cents a sq. ft the charge would be $ 1,000.00 and the material cost would be $ 293.00. That would leave a profit of $ 707.00. If the job was seeded at $ .15 per square foot the the charge to seed the lawn would be $ 1,500.00 and the profit would be $ 1,207.00. A 10,000 sq. ft. lawn seeded with a 300 gallon unit would take about 3 hours to complete with refilling being the biggest part of the time. If this job was seeded with a 750 or 1000 gallon unit the time to complete the job on site would be about 30 minutes.