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meets1
06-28-2007, 10:38 PM
I haven't laid sod for a long time due to alot of seeding. I have a bank were bidding on and there are alot of island areas that require sod. I have the price from the sod farm based upon footage but laying the sod is what gets me. What is the going rate now days for laying sod?

image1
06-28-2007, 11:03 PM
In georgia we double the sod cosst or a little more bermuda 175 zoysia 300 centipede 225 thats sod and laying it per pallett and we charge to prep it.

hoskm01
06-28-2007, 11:10 PM
.85/ft with a $400 min. Purchased and installed.

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
06-28-2007, 11:25 PM
A pallet of centipede goes for $85 just for the sod and in my area rates vary from $30-120 per pallet to lay (we're between $50-75 depending on the number of pallets), plus prep which varies depending on size and what equip needs to be used.

drmiller100
06-28-2007, 11:27 PM
a buck a square foot.

will drop to .60 a foot for large jobs if dirt and sprinklers are separate.

cost is .30 a foot delivered here, which i'm betting is higher then some.

Focal Point Landscapes
06-28-2007, 11:38 PM
As you can see , there is a wide variance on what folks think is the "going rate " - if you are just sodding islands , chances are that the volume is low compared to complexity of prep work and a lot of trimming and waste - means imo that you would have to bid this high to make a reasonable profit.

AWJ Services
06-29-2007, 05:52 PM
I have a bank were bidding on and there are alot of island areas that require sod.

I would bid by manhour rather than by sq/ft.

I agree with Focal Point 100%.

Bottom dollar for me is 100 dollars pallet(labor only) on truck load quanity.

Small jobs will run much more.
Last small job was 7 pallets(500 sq/ft per pallet) of Bermuda installed for total cost of 2000.00.
Around 500 dollars for material.
Minimal grading.

DBL
06-29-2007, 07:23 PM
buying it for .19 to .25

charge .50 to .55 to just lay
or
charge .40 to lay it topsoil is seperate

meets1
06-29-2007, 10:31 PM
Thanks guys - alot of ranges but I think I know where I'll price these island areas at.

whiteslawnservices
07-02-2007, 06:41 PM
In Arkansas say 25 pallets 2,500.00 plus top soil leveling 500.00 per 18 yard load you have to think of it this way time is money and most people hate laying sod because its labor intense:hammerhead:

tthomass
07-02-2007, 07:38 PM
$.75 - $2 per SF but I do residential, not commercial. If I had to take a stab at commerical I would guess $.40 in my area.

DBL
07-02-2007, 08:06 PM
$.75 - $2 per SF but I do residential, not commercial. If I had to take a stab at commerical I would guess $.40 in my area.

$2 a square ft....are you kidding me

P.Services
07-02-2007, 09:34 PM
i agree $2 a square ft what are you thinking. in MI i pay .08 cents a sq ft picked up from the yard and i charge .21 cents to lay it, that is with ground prep. if you bid ajob at .75 cents a sq ft you would get beat

dKoester
07-02-2007, 09:50 PM
Mr Brian you would have to lay an aweful lot of sod to even come close to what we make. In my opinion you are waisting your time laying sod with prep for 1.89 a yard. How is the sod farm even making any money?

tthomass
07-02-2007, 10:28 PM
I'm thinking I'm going to be in business tomorrow and the next day and the next. Are you really going to go lay 500SF of sod 30miles away for $.75? That is a 1hr drive for us here. If so I'd be happy to sub you.

Standard in my area is $1 per SF.

AWJ Services
07-02-2007, 11:08 PM
Standard in my area is $1 per SF.

If I could get that down here I would be rich.LOL

I am glad you are getting that price.

I have tons of companies doing Bermuda for .30 a sq/ft installed.

Of course no one adds topsoil here.Just lay it on the good old red clay.

What type money are you making at 1.00 a sq/ft.

Our Bermuda is around .15 cents a sq/ft delivered.
Centiped around .19 delivered.
St Augustine .23
Zoysai .25
Fescue .23

Price varies some but usually close too those.
Most average .20 cents a sq/ft too prep and lay.(labor only)

tthomass
07-03-2007, 06:37 AM
My cost of sod varies upon time of year. Meaning sometimes I have to pay more because sod farm A may be out or not have irrigation and I have to buy from sod farm BCD or F.

Pallet = 600SF and about $100. I don't recall the SF of the other pallets but they're all about the same but I can pay as much as $250 for a pallet.

AAELI
07-03-2007, 07:53 AM
We get Zoysia at $2.25 sq.ft. wholesale for 1000 sqft on up. Lessor quantities run $5 per sq.ft. Installed runs anywhere from $5.00 to as much as the market can bear. No real sod farms out here on the island. Some of us grow zoysia and cut twice a year to sell to new home buyers. With prices of land going sky high, $100-$1000 per sq.meter, you won't find many putting the area into growing sod.

Landscaping prices for quality work are good, however we do have a lot of immigrants from the islands around us that will work for very little. Kind of like we hear of the immigrants back there.

All in all I like it here where the weather suits my clothes and where America's day begins!

whiteslawnservices
07-03-2007, 12:23 PM
The Reason Is You Make More Money Price Per Job To Do Sqft Is Good On Construction But Not On Landscaping You Loose Money By Sq Ft Bidding Per Job You Can Make As Much As 4-5.00 Per Sq Ft Instead Of .40 Such As I Have Layed 5 Pallets Of Sod For 1500.00 Burmuda And 2,000 For Zoyza So As You Can See Bidding By The Job With A Price Is Better Than Sq Ft. We Are In Arkansas:)

tthomass
07-03-2007, 08:03 PM
Curious......Why Type Like This?

The Reason Is You Make More Money Price Per Job To Do Sqft Is Good On Construction But Not On Landscaping You Loose Money By Sq Ft Bidding Per Job You Can Make As Much As 4-5.00 Per Sq Ft Instead Of .40 Such As I Have Layed 5 Pallets Of Sod For 1500.00 Burmuda And 2,000 For Zoyza So As You Can See Bidding By The Job With A Price Is Better Than Sq Ft. We Are In Arkansas:)

baddarryl
07-03-2007, 08:54 PM
What about when you have to kill, till, grade, and prep then lay? I recently saw someone on here say that if the yard was level you could just lay new sod on top of old if you cut the old real low. Thoughts on that? I have always thought to strip the old sod or till it under. Have I been doing a lot of unnecessary work?
And yeah double the pallet and them some.

DBL
07-03-2007, 09:28 PM
What about when you have to kill, till, grade, and prep then lay? I recently saw someone on here say that if the yard was level you could just lay new sod on top of old if you cut the old real low. Thoughts on that? I have always thought to strip the old sod or till it under. Have I been doing a lot of unnecessary work?
And yeah double the pallet and them some.

buying it for .19 to .25

charge .50 to .55 to just lay
or
charge .40 to lay it topsoil is seperate

on adding topsoil and grading we will charge 125/hour for a machine and 2 laborers plus $35/yard topsoil

tthomass
07-03-2007, 09:38 PM
I usually topdress with 1yd compost per 1,000 SF. Do not till unless necessary. Upon watering the ground will settle unevenly messing up the once smooth yard.

Rent a sod cutter and dispose of the crap you remove. Scalping the turf is a 1/2 arsed way of doing it unless tilling.

bishoplandscape
07-03-2007, 09:53 PM
i agree $2 a square ft what are you thinking. in MI i pay .08 cents a sq ft picked up from the yard and i charge .21 cents to lay it, that is with ground prep. if you bid ajob at .75 cents a sq ft you would get beat

What company are you with???

P.Services
07-03-2007, 10:49 PM
What have you been getting this year? i charge .21 and shoemakers and agroscaping was last year also so i know im not far off. i have lost six jobs this season because i was two high. just looked at a yard in linden 13,000 sq ft at 2.00 sq ft this would be $26,000 dollars, dose that not seem high to you for one maybe two days work?

AWJ Services
07-03-2007, 11:56 PM
just looked at a yard in linden 13,000 sq ft


Here in Georgia I would bid that job at around 5 too 6 k for Bermuda and I would prep and lay in a day.

I would have around 1800 dollars in materials.
I would be estatic too get the job.

DuraCutter
07-04-2007, 12:27 AM
.85/ft with a $400 min. Purchased and installed.

Why put a set price to it? :hammerhead: :hammerhead:

I charge according to the situation and what the customer is prepared to pay.!! Lately it's been up to 2 grand a day for a couple of guys. Working by the hour had it's advantages if the customer goes for it.

If a customer asks me for a set price for sod by the square foot, I run so hard in the opposite direction I burn my sneakers...:laugh:

baddarryl
07-04-2007, 08:49 AM
Scalping the turf is a 1/2 arsed way of doing it unless tilling.

That is what I was thinking.

GreenT
07-04-2007, 02:09 PM
I charge by the pallet. My cost = $125. Customer's cost = $350-450 depending on amount of prep and size.

Some sod farms in this area will lay down a pallet for $200 including the sod cost. They can have it, it is hard work and I want to make money.

Happy 4th! :usflag: