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06-09-2007, 07:00 PM
i need to remove 276 sq ft of dead St. Aug grass and put down new Grass. I figured i needed 110 pieces of grass. how much do i charge per an hour for this job in southwest florida?
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06-09-2007, 09:52 PM
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NCLCRB #1370
06-09-2007, 10:18 PM
How are yo going to remove the old? If you are talking hand digging- then charge your hourly rate to remove. You will need to purchase a full pallet of sod (504ft2) unless you have a way to buy half or 3/4 pallet. I usually charge 3x the price of the sod + delivery. Included is the amendments for the soil prep.

06-19-2007, 08:05 PM
Well you have to charge the customer for a full pallet. You should be able to get a pallet at a local field for $80.00 per pallet. If you have to go to a retail supply store you are looking at $110.00 per pallet.. Anyways charge the customer... Removal and Disposal Fee = $150.00 and Sod Installation $150.00.... I would charge a flat fee of $300.00... But, I am use to laying 20,000 sq.ft at a time... I recommend you Round-Up the existing yard.. Let sit for 10 days rake dead grass up, ensure all roots are removed and apply new sod over top... Easy Job....

06-19-2007, 08:26 PM
Jas4906 why would you wait for 10 days? I would charge for a full pallet regardless. It will take you the same amount of time and energy to lay 500 vs 276 sq ft of sod. You go through the same process. My bill would be $500 all inclusive

06-20-2007, 03:39 PM
You don't have to wait 10 days unless you want to make sure the root system is completely dead. 280 sq. Ft. You can just take up with hoe and rake. For large areas I will give it time for the herbicide to take full affect before I install new sod. If you would charge $500 sub- it to me a make $200 dollars to sit at home.... I am working in Delray today....

06-20-2007, 05:26 PM
I keep that in mind, but those are the prces that we have been charging over the last year. Laying and prepping sod is dirty and hard work. At 300 to 350 i cant see how anybody can make money on that job. Pallet cost 130 plus, delivery, prep and disposal. Not that much of a profit, when you take out labor and other cost. I know it wouldn't take that long but you could be doing something alot more profitable. This is just my humble point of view.

06-20-2007, 11:09 PM
You are right... Not much money to be made there.. The key is get in and get out.. I am in the sod business... I would line up several jobs in the immediate area, and knock them all out at once.. Check us out at www.tierraturf.com
If you need any grass give me a call we will help you out... $85.00 per pallet, you pick up at my field. (Belle Glade) I will deliver for additional charge...

06-22-2007, 09:21 AM
I know this is off topic, but this is pretty late in the year to be installing sod don't you think? early spring thru early summer. Then I don't like to install any until early fall.

06-23-2007, 09:16 AM
In Florida, You can't sell a house without grass....
Basically, we lay sod year around. As long as the
developers are selling houses...

06-23-2007, 11:03 AM
Jas4906, your heaven sent at 85.00 per pallet. I usually use Nuturf and there around 130 per pallet retail. If you dont mind private message me your number and I will give you a call. Thanks

06-24-2007, 09:30 PM
I usually spray round up on the area to be resodded. Wait 10 days. Then set my mower to the lowest height and scalp the area to be resodded. Then lay the sod right on top.

For 1 pallet (400 sq.ft. in my area) I charge $280. I can get a pallet for $100 and it takes me maybe 2 hours total. Which includes spraying, scalping, and laying.

06-24-2007, 10:49 PM
Thats what I'm talking about your not getting paid for your time. You have 180 dollars to play with after you pay for the sod. Below is a modest example of a typical breakdown. Tell me after you pay for all of the direct cost, who on God's earth are you making a profit. I didnt add up truck usuage and employees time ot your time. If you disagree please expalin. i can see maybe 280 if your buying sod for $50 pallet which you are not. I'm not trying to show off but i want to know. How are you making a reasonable profit? Profit is after you have paid yourself or your employess and all the associated experiences. Explain your profit breakdown?

$35 1st visit to home to meet customers, spray yard,
$35 to pick/delivery of sod
$50 the time it takes you to drive and dispose of material
$25 Gas Fee-for mower and driving
$5Round up
$150 Total before labor cost and profit