Dry Seeding

Dry Seeding

Decompaction, no-till drilling, broadcasting, and culti-packing

Seed placement, selection, and plant population (seed rates) are the most important variables to consider in traditional methods of dry seeding. With the thousands of plant species and unlimited types of soils that are encountered, Challenger has a solution to virtually every type of application. Equipment selection and careful planning can make all the difference.

If your project requires decompaction, harrowing, no-till drilling, broadcasting, or cultipacking, we have the equipment and expertise to do the job right. Challenger Construction has the ability and capacity to complete projects of all sizes.

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Types of dry seeding

Dry seeding is the most common form of re-vegetation in the erosion control industry today. There are several methods that are widely used and have become the industry standard.


The first of this type of seeding is broadcasting. This is the simplest and easiest way to vegetate an area, it is also the most undesirable. Broadcasting is the spreading of seed either manually (by hand) or mechanically via spreading devices. The rates are difficult to control and seed can be distributed to areas that were not intended to be vegetated. Wildlife such as birds and insects can inhibit growth since it was placed without protection from the elements or foragers.

precision seeding or planting

The second type of seeding is precision seeding or planting. This has become the staple practice of the erosion control industry and a standard for most applications. This is when seed is placed mechanically over an area, at a constant seed rate, depth, and spacing. Precision planting can be divided into two main groups, drilling and cultipacking.


Drilling can be performed with several different types of planting equipment. The three main types are standard drilling, no-till drilling, and cultipacking. A standard drill and no-till drill are very similar, but are used in different soil types and applications. A cultipacker is the last type of drill with similar features but different in application. This type of drill is usually chosen for areas that are previously cultivated, and the appearance and coverage of the final product is very important.

Challenger’s equipment fleet includes all types of seeding equipment to meet all the needs of any seeding project. This includes projects of any size or location.

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