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03-04-2001, 07:57 AM
Hi All
As you all know Im new to the forum. I came up from retrolawn's forum on delphi. this site is really different.
My brother is a general contractor and does not like they way his sod guy is doing things, so he asked me to do it. Normally I stick to just maintenance but I thought this would be somthing to supplement the income! so I was wondering about price. Any info is helpful.

03-04-2001, 08:45 AM
Here is some info:




Hunter Landscape
03-04-2001, 09:01 AM
i buy for $85 per pallet. (appox 450 sq. ft)

i install for approx. $200 per pallet (give or take a little)

i hope this may help ya a little.

03-04-2001, 09:01 AM
I was told that the local sod farms get around .70 cents a yard so i was figuring around $1.50 installed with water on the customer( contract signed ) what do you think

03-04-2001, 03:59 PM
Originally posted by Hunter Landscape
i buy for $85 per pallet. (appox 450 sq. ft)

i install for approx. $200 per pallet (give or take a little)

i hope this may help ya a little.

Pretty close to what we do on St. Augustine. It costs about $90 and we get around $200 installed. There is not a lot of prep work to do. This price also requires a 4 pallets minimum, because 4 or more I get it delivered for free :)

03-04-2001, 04:40 PM
For Bluegrass sod I am paying $99 for 450ft sq and charging $275-300 installed. Hopefully some soil is needed in addition--pay $22 per yard and get $75 layed if I can back into the yard.


03-06-2001, 09:23 AM
WOW,my wifes' family has sod fields and the last time i checked the prices per 450 sq.pallet were

that is if you come n' get it.

03-06-2001, 03:09 PM
I found this backpacks worth of information:
Originally posted by Clinton D. Wagner
... Paul is right that different parts of the country are going to have different pricing structures to charge for doing a job.... However,task hours should be about the same from the east coast to the west cost on laying sod.

Four men should be able to lay 10,000 sf every four hours.
10,000 sf divided by 4 men = 2,500 sf per man.
2,500 sf divided by 4 hours = 625 sf per man per hour.

Most of us try to bid our task hours by what one man can
install per hour to find our total hours needed, in this case one man at 625 sf per hour would need 16 hours to install 10,000 sf and if you was to use four men it would only take them 4 hours.

Labor rates can very some what, but should fall within one
of these hourly rates....

6.50 per hour
8.50 per hour
10.50 per hour
12.50 per hour
15.20 per hour
17.50 per hour
18.50 per hour
21.21 per hour

One of the first things I would want to have is a budget
that I could use that would cover my labor rates and still
be within the "ball park" of landing a job....

What I would do is put a set budget for labor that I was willing to pay per sf, ".04 cents sf " to my men, for laying sod.
(This is not what I would charge my customer, it is only
my budget for paying my labor) I may charge .12 cents a sf
to the customer or even more.

Lets say that you were bidding a job that needed 10,000 sf
of sod installed....
10,000 sf X .04 cents = $400.00 for labor budget...
Ok what is labor going to cost you at the above rates...?
based on 16 man hours
6.50 per hour X 16 hours = $104.00
8.50 per hour X 16 hours = $136.00
10.50 per hour X 16 hours = $168.00
12.50 per hour X 16 hours = $200.00
15.20 per hour X 16 hours = $243.00
17.50 per hour X 16 hours = $280.00
18.50 per hour X 16 hours = $296.00
21.21 per hour X 16 hours = $339.00

I like to use this type of bidding for anything that I would bid on that way I can always give a man a raise and know it is within my budget for that job, or the next one that I have yet to do.

You may be doing the same job but got to get in done in four
hours with four men at these rates...

2 - men at $8.50 per man X 4 hours = $68.00
1 - man at $10.50 per hour X 4 hours = $42.00
1 - man at $17.50 per hour X 4 hours = $70.00
total cost is $180.00 for labor, your budget was $400.00
your average labor rate was $11.25 X 16 hours=$180.00
Great...you are still within your Budget...

Let's say this is not your day....
Sod shows up on the job!
and your men don't....."@$#$@!"

So you got to lay it ...
and you do it in the 16 hours...
you just made $400.00 or $25.00 per hour
and you are still within your budget of the $400.00

Tilling, Soil prep., Topsoil placement, etc...
can be done the same way....

This is not intended to replace any information you may have now. It is only intended to help you with your judgement in bidding.

[Edited by Clinton D. Wagner on 02-18-2001 at 05:14 PM]

Hope this helps, I know it has for me.

double e
03-06-2001, 05:16 PM
If its already graded and ready to go, I charge around .33 cents per sq. ft.

One IMPORTANT thing to remember when laying sod.....

cutting edge
03-06-2001, 09:16 PM
Where can I get St. Augustine for $56 per pallet?


big mike
03-13-2001, 01:19 AM
how do you determine sq ft i pay 0.85 per roll for kentucky bluegrass and theres 75 per pallet,i charge at least 2.00 per roll install for anything under 1000 yds ,is this in the ballpark or should i raise the price,and do i charge extra for topsoil and spreading it?
thank's big mike