California Department of Transportation

Dry Seed


What is This Treatment?

This work involves applying seed by hand or belly grinder to treat small disturbed soil areas.

When to Use This Treatment?

Use for disturbed areas less than 0.5 acres.


  • Low initial cost.
  • Efficient way to apply seed in small (less than 0.5 acres) areas.
  • Vegetation provided by seed provides long-term control of erosion.
  • Can be applied to areas with limited vehicular access.


  • Not effective to treat areas larger than 0.5 acres. Consider using Hydroseed to treat these areas.
  • Protection from erosion provided only after seed has germinated and plants have begun to grow.
  • Surface treatment only - does not improve underlying soil structure, improve soil microbiology, or restore soil nutrient reserves.
  • Surface treatment only - applications to compacted, poorly draining soils may not provide the conditions necessary for successful vegetative cover.

Consider Using This Specification With:

Plans and Details:

  • No Standard Plan required.

Estimate Information:

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Updated 03-03-2016