If you have just bought a new residential or commercial property or are finally ready to make your neighbors green with envy over your lawn, you may be wondering whether to hydroseed or lay sod. The method you choose will depend mainly on your budget and preferences.

Hydroseeding and sodding are excellent lawn establishment methods, but when it comes to cost, hydroseeding is significantly cheaper. On average, you will spend between $0.08 and $0.20 per square foot to hydroseed a lawn, while laying sod costs between $1 to $2 per square foot.

Below are detailed descriptions of the two lawn establishment methods, including their cost variations, advantages, and disadvantages.

Hydroseeding vs Sod Cost Pros & Cons of Both

Hydroseeding is about 70% to 80% cheaper than laying sod. However, sod provides an instant, lush lawn.

The table below displays the average cost of hydroseeding and laying sod. Take a look to have an idea of how much each option costs.

DescriptionHydroseeding costSod cost
Average cost per square foot$0.06 - $0.20$0.35 - $0.85
Average cost per square foot (installed)$0.08 - $0.25$1.00 - $2.00
Labor cost per hour$24 - $30$35 - $75
Cost per ¼ acre$750 - $2,000$3,810 - $9,250
Cost per acre$2,500 - $7,000$15,240 - $37,000

Average cost to install hydroseed vs. sod

On average, sod installation costs $1,990, ranging from $1,050 and $2,930, all in. On the other hand, hydroseeding costs an average of $1,000, with a low cost of $425 and a high cost of $3,500.

The actual cost will depend on factors such as your location, yard condition, turf/slurry type and quality, and the size of your yard.

Hydroseeding vs. sodding cost per square foot

Hydroseeding costs an average of $0.06 to $0.20 per square foot (for the materials) and between $0.08 and $0.25 per square foot (installed).

Laying sod, on the other hand, costs between $0.35 and $0.85 per square foot (materials alone) and between $1.00 – $2.00 per square foot (installed). The actual cost will depend on the turf type and quality you choose.

Labor cost to install hydroseed vs. sod

When installing sod or hydroseed, you can decide to hire a pro or DIY the project if your lawn is small. Professionals charge between $35 and $75 per hour to lay sod and about $24 to $30 per hour to hydroseed.

Pros have the skills and experience to offer professional results. They can work around hazards and prepare the soil before installing your preferred lawn. Pros can also advise you on the best grass for your area’s climate, lawn’s sun exposure, and budget.

Cost factors affecting hydroseeding vs. sodding

The actual cost of hydroseeding or sodding is a sum of many factors. Here are some of the factors that you should know;

The size of the yard

The larger your lawn, the higher the cost of sodding or hydroseeding. The professionals you hire will measure your lawn and find the actual area in square feet. This will help them calculate how much they should charge for the project.

Besides, the amount of sod or hydroseeding mixture your lawn requires will depend on its size. The larger the yard, the more the turf materials, thus, the higher the cost.

The shape of your lawn

If your yard is regular, say rectangular or square-shaped, you will pay less compared to irregularly shaped areas that tend to consume more seed or sod to fill up the entire space that might not have been calculated for.

Your location

You will pay more to hydroseed or install sod on your lawn if you are near major urban cities compared to when you could have been in the upcountry due to the urban pricing.

Regional water restrictions can also impact the establishment and success of your lawn. Hydroseeding, for instance, requires a lot of water during the early weeks. So, if you live in a drought-prone area, it may be difficult to hydroseed.

Access and delivery to your lawn

Lawns that are easily accessible and near materials suppliers will cost you less to install because of low transportation charges within a given distance. But if your yard is inaccessible, you will have to spend extra money to transport the materials.

The condition of your yard

A lawn area that is well maintained will