How Much Does It Cost To Seed A Grass Lawn?


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Lawn Grass Seeding Costs

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Lawn grass seeding is a special activity that often is combined with other lawn maintenance tasks.

You will find that the cost to seed an average grass lawn depends upon the size and accessibility of the lot, the variability of the terrain, the type of grass seed, the manner of application, and the labor rate.

In the following tables the Labor Cost figure is what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the complete task.

Grass lawn seeding: hand broadcasting a 6,000 sq. ft. lawn

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Lawn seeding: using a hand spreader; Kentucky bluegrass seed and fertilizer; including waste. $0.05 per sq. ft. 6,300 $284
+ Labor Cost $30 per hour 3.5 $105
Total Cost $0.06 per sq. ft. 6,000 $389

Grass lawn seeding: hydro-seeding a 6,000 sq. ft. lawn

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Lawn seeding: hydro-seeding with Kentucky bluegrass seed, fertilizer, and binder; including labor and waste. $0.16 per sq. ft. 6,300 $999
Total Cost $0.17 per sq. ft. 6,000 $999

Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • If necessary, land-clearing and site-preparation typical to a residential scale project including manual and mechanical removal of shrubs, trees, stumps, and boulders will typically range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq. foot depending upon the amount and size of the material, and the off-site distance of material transport.

DIY considerations

  • This project may be suitable for the able DIY persons in the case of hand-broadcasting.
  • Hydro-seeding requires professional equipment not available to DIY.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(6,000 sq.ft. lawn, material, labor and equipment)
  • New York, NY$625
  • Bronx, NY$513
  • Brooklyn, NY$428
  • Philadelphia, PA$534
  • Washington, DC$463
  • Atlanta, GA$419
  • Miami, FL$381
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$399
  • Minneapolis, MN$468
  • Chicago, IL$546
  • Houston, TX$563
  • San Antonio, TX$378
  • Austin, TX$428
  • Denver, CO$362
  • Phoenix, AZ$381
  • Las Vegas, NV$419
  • Los Angeles, CA$472
  • San Diego, CA$428
  • San Jose, CA$517
  • Seattle, WA$379

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