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Pecker
05-11-2006, 10:08 PM
How much would you charge to install two pallets of sod if the ground were already perfectly prepared and ready to go. Your price includes materials ($260 = 2 pallets @ $130 each), transporting the pallets to the jobsite, and laying the sod. Thanks a million in advance.:clapping:

PS: I'm in north Louisiana.

Thirdpete
05-11-2006, 10:19 PM
4.50/roll so assuming each pallet is 60 rolls... 120*4.5 = 540.

freddyc
05-11-2006, 10:20 PM
A guy I know just paid $4200 for 17000 square ft. He had done all the prep work, so the $4200 was just for material cost and laying it out. It was a 80/20 mix of blue grass and fescue.

This sounded way cheap to me, but dunno ..never did sod myself.

steve in Pa.
05-11-2006, 10:36 PM
****** how far do you have to travel to install? How many billable man hrs, plus sod price. not enough info. price to install 2 skids close vs. maybe 1hr travel each way are like night and day.

Armadillolawncare
05-11-2006, 11:11 PM
$130.00-150.00 per pallet installed no prep work. Each pallet is 450 sq ft.

Pecker
05-11-2006, 11:56 PM
****** how far do you have to travel to install? How many billable man hrs, plus sod price. not enough info. price to install 2 skids close vs. maybe 1hr travel each way are like night and day.

Twenty minute drive one way using my own truck and trailer. Sod price is $130 per pallet. I'll be working solo.

Also, thanks to everyone for your input! Please keep it coming. . .

Pecker
05-11-2006, 11:57 PM
$130.00-150.00 per pallet installed no prep work. Each pallet is 450 sq ft.

$130 would only cover the price of the sod itself in my case. How would you charge installed if you have to pay $130 per pallet.

Pecker
05-11-2006, 11:58 PM
4.50/roll so assuming each pallet is 60 rolls... 120*4.5 = 540.

I'm not familiar with rolls, these are rectangles. . .

Armadillolawncare
05-12-2006, 04:10 PM
I pay 80.00 per 450 foot pallet of St Augistine grass. I can install a pallet an hour usually so that is how I come up with 130.00 per pallet. Depending on the situation (long walk, etc)I may charge more or less.

jas4906
05-13-2006, 12:21 PM
Charge them $0.10 per sq./ft, if you don't need a wheelbarrow.. If you need a wheel barrow charge them.. $0.125 per sq./ft. You should lay both pallets in one hour. Yesterday, I layed 64 with 4 guys in 8 hours..

LandscapePro
05-14-2006, 11:10 PM
******,

Why are you paying retail for a pallet of sod?

Also, have you got your Landscape Contractor's License yet? The Agriculture inspectors are out sniffing around often now that the Irrigation Contractor license requirement is being inforced as of the 1st of the month.

Mike
La. Landscape Contractor #2576

landscape guy
05-16-2006, 12:42 AM
In our area we and others charge $1.00 per sq. ft. installed including materials and preperation ,our rolls are aprox. 9sq. ft..

cuttinjoe
05-16-2006, 07:29 AM
In our area we and others charge $1.00 per sq. ft. installed including materials and preperation ,our rolls are aprox. 9sq. ft..


WOW!!!!! $1.00 per sq. ft. We charge the local house builders $0.39 and everyone else $0.44. Where do you buy your sod, and how much $$$$$$? Were paying $1.62/roll or $0.18 sq.ft.(tax in)


An example

New home 5850 sq.ft.

sod cost-$1053
Prep-$405
3hrs tractor-3*$85=$255 or $0.05 sq/ft
3hrs labour-3*$50=$150 or $0.03 sq/ft
Install-$700
7hrs*2 guys*$50hr=$700 or $0.12 sq/ft.

Imran-Ali
05-16-2006, 08:58 AM
2 pallet of sod, its about 1000sq feet @ $ .24 a sq foot in RI that will bring you up to $ 240.00 for sod
and you charge $ 400.00 for labor if its a one man crew you will be done in 6 hours istall sod, light roll, and water
www.turf-inc.com

Pecker
05-16-2006, 08:30 PM
2 pallet of sod, its about 1000sq feet @ $ .24 a sq foot in RI that will bring you up to $ 240.00 for sod
and you charge $ 400.00 for labor if its a one man crew you will be done in 6 hours istall sod, light roll, and water
www.turf-inc.com

Are you saying a total of $400 installed or $640 installed? Thanks.

ChadsLawn
07-19-2006, 05:34 PM
looks like $640 installed.

o-so-n-so
07-19-2006, 07:32 PM
Sod = $130.00 x 2 = $260.00
Labor = 100.00 x 2 = 200.00
Delivery =75.00

Total $535.00 plus tax on sod.

2.5 man hours tops to lay.

tthomass
07-19-2006, 10:57 PM
$1 per square foot is what I usually charge.........one big job about $1.50

sod runs from $90/pallet to $220 depending where you get it and so on

befnme
08-01-2006, 01:10 AM
average price here to install w/out prep is 85.00 per pallet.

Mr. Vern
08-01-2006, 02:12 AM
Check with your sod supplier. Out here they will install for $.09 - $.11 depending on access to the yard. We charge triple that and never have to get our hands dirty. I have some pretty hard working crews, but I can not even get close to that price doing it in-house.

It's amazing to watch these guys work. All they do is sod and they do it very well. They even trim the rough edges of the seams where ever needed. You should definitely look into this option.

weathervane
08-01-2006, 10:21 AM
in mass we get 1.50 a sf that includes install prep and sod

befnme
08-01-2006, 09:04 PM
In our area we and others charge $1.00 per sq. ft. installed including materials and preperation ,our rolls are aprox. 9sq. ft..

thats 550 dollars for a 550 s.f pallet of sod plus the price . if you do a bunch of 20 pallet jobs then you can retire aftyer a year or so .

ferdinand711
08-03-2006, 11:05 AM
How much would you charge to install two pallets of sod if the ground were already perfectly prepared and ready to go. Your price includes materials ($260 = 2 pallets @ $130 each), transporting the pallets to the jobsite, and laying the sod. Thanks a million in advance.:clapping:

PS: I'm in north Louisiana.

that's a half day work for one guy. Iwould say just qoute it a day work,name your price ex. 180.00/day. put 25%on top of the sod total plus 25% misc.add up and add 25%.

sod 2 pelletes@130 = 260+25% = 325.00
misc.(tools etc...)25% of 260 = 65.00
manpower = 180.00
570.00
plus 25% =142.50
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712.50

725.00-750.00 maybe

ashs inc
08-03-2006, 01:03 PM
130+130= 260*2.5=$650

If your not doing this job for at least $650 you need to go get a job at wal-mart and work in the deli or maybe the mickyD's. You charge any less your not making any money. I know call a professional landscape company and tell let them do the job.

Az Gardener
08-03-2006, 03:53 PM
Check with your sod supplier. Out here they will install for $.09 - $.11 depending on access to the yard. We charge triple that and never have to get our hands dirty. I have some pretty hard working crews, but I can not even get close to that price doing it in-house.

It's amazing to watch these guys work. All they do is sod and they do it very well. They even trim the rough edges of the seams where ever needed. You should definitely look into this option.

The rest of the country seems to be a few generations behind in the evolution of the industry. Apparently the S/W-W is the only place that offers this service. We pay .08 per ft. installed and your right they do a great job and no need to haul away the scraps or own or rent a roller. Make the phone call and collect the check. They have a 300 minimum but it couldn't get much easier.

Mr. Vern
08-04-2006, 12:56 AM
The rest of the country seems to be a few generations behind in the evolution of the industry. Apparently the S/W-W is the only place that offers this service. We pay .08 per ft. installed and your right they do a great job and no need to haul away the scraps or own or rent a roller. Make the phone call and collect the check. They have a 300 minimum but it couldn't get much easier.
I gotta wonder if it has anything to do with the sheer volume of sod being sold out this way.

I feel a bit hypocritical having given this advice and then today I had one of my crews install the sod on 4 different jobs we had going. The only reason I did was because we didn't have anything productive for them to do and 2 of the jobs were smaller than was economical to have the sod company do. I still prefer to just prep it and let the sod company do it most of the time, works great for us.

Joe65
08-04-2006, 01:05 AM
i just charged customer .59 per sq ft to install,i paid .23 i added the delivery fee and gas surcharge that was charged me....i charged $55 per ton of topsoil delivered and installed....plus prep work before that.......i made out pretty good on that job

dKoester
08-04-2006, 10:06 PM
Just did a sod job this week 3 pallets $1375 is what I charged.

totalturfga
08-25-2006, 11:17 PM
We did a job a couple of months ago which was 4 pallets of zoysia sod, put in a drainage ditch and box (~40ft long), prepped the soil and rolled the sod afterwards. We had ~ $1500 in expenses and the rest was profit. Total time spent on the project was 2 days

cmrgrounds
08-26-2006, 01:41 AM
130+130= 260*2.5=$650

If your not doing this job for at least $650 you need to go get a job at wal-mart and work in the deli or maybe the mickyD's. You charge any less your not making any money. I know call a professional landscape company and tell let them do the job.

Thats exactly how i charge, materials times 2.5

LB1234
08-26-2006, 10:55 AM
Depending on the amount of prep work, required soil ammendents, ease of access, etc. we get somewhere between $1.35 and $1.50 per square foot. If the prep work is already done I would say $.8-1 square foot for us. Assuming 500sq.ft per pallet two pallets I would charge somewhere $800 to $1k for installation

TJLANDS
08-26-2006, 01:56 PM
Depending on the amount of prep work, required soil ammendents, ease of access, etc. we get somewhere between $1.35 and $1.50 per square foot. If the prep work is already done I would say $.8-1 square foot for us. Assuming 500sq.ft per pallet two pallets I would charge somewhere $800 to $1k for installation
about right for me also

RedWingsDet
08-26-2006, 03:46 PM
When its all preped we can lay 1 pallet (700sq ft) in less than 30minutes.

If I was installing two pallets considering they were 700sqft, then I would charge 670 and my cost for the grass would be 170 for both pallets and take abuto 2 hours with drivetime and cleanup. Its an Easy 500 if u ask me.

AAELI
08-26-2006, 07:11 PM
I just wish there were sod farms out here. I grow zoysia in my own yard with about 1/2 acre committed to sod production. Our market prices are out of the ballpark. Most landscapers plug as they don't have enough sod to fully plant a yard with sod. Prices for pluging range from $1.75 -$2.50 per square foot. I charge $3.50 a square foot for my sod installed. Site prep is extra as it can be as simple as raking soil to covering the coral rocks with loads of soil.

I am able to 'harvest' the sod no less than 2x but no more than 3x a year. For a little 20000 sq. ft. sod farm I am beginning to get the bills paid. With 450 new homes going up on solid coral yards the opportunities to finally get squared away are looking bright. Just in time to retire.

scaper27
08-26-2006, 07:35 PM
$1.25 per sq ft if the prep is done. thats just for the sod. More for the prep work. All of our jobs are within a couple of miles of each job

kmann
09-09-2006, 02:05 PM
$130 would only cover the price of the sod itself in my case. How would you charge installed if you have to pay $130 per pallet.
460.00. If the ground is already prepped, you should be able to do two pallets in 2 hrs. thats more than 60.oo per hr including travel.

heavenly lawn care
10-01-2006, 08:37 PM
Charge them $0.10 per sq./ft, if you don't need a wheelbarrow.. If you need a wheel barrow charge them.. $0.125 per sq./ft. You should lay both pallets in one hour. Yesterday, I layed 64 with 4 guys in 8 hours...10 a sq. ft!!! How do you make any money