View Full Version : Sod Pricing

11-04-2009, 09:25 PM
I just started my business and I'm trying to get some information about how to charge for sodding a lawn. Do I charge by the square foot or by the pallets I lay?

11-05-2009, 12:53 PM
With sod we do cost by sqft. Now with the sqft we add 10% to the sqft do to cut in. To find out a sqft price you have to think about how you do your job. Like us we put 50lbs of lime per 1000sqft along with 10lbs per 1000sqft of starter fert (5lbs tilled into the soil and 5 on top of tghe sod when done). We also include 3yds per 1000sqft of compost and tilling and rolling the area. The key to pricing sod is the time and work it will take you along with the raw cost of material. Our sod prices are higher then most but noone does sodding like us.

11-05-2009, 08:08 PM
Thank u for that information Kindarring. How do sod turn out when you plant it this time of year?

11-06-2009, 03:04 PM
Great really but they must still water. That is key even if temps fall very low just have them bring hose in so it does not freeze, then bring out if going to be in the 50's.

11-06-2009, 07:50 PM
Thanks Kindarring, the reason why I was asking about sod pricing I'm about to do 4,000 sq. ft. for a customer. She thinks I'm charging her too much at $100 a pallet, she needs 8.5 pallets.

11-06-2009, 09:50 PM
I hope that is just your labor cost and does not include the price of the sod.

11-06-2009, 11:06 PM
Ah yeah that's just labor, the sod was $75 a pallet!!!

11-08-2009, 09:27 PM
That might be a *little* more than I would charge but not ridiculous.

4000 sq ft = about 450 sq yds. That's nine pallets around here.

I charge about $3 a sq yd for smaller jobs like this. That's $1350. My sod only costs me about $65 a pallet, though ($1.30 per sq yd) So I am getting $1.70 * 450 to lay it, or $765

Your way comes out to about $1487.50 ($175 per pallet * 8.5 pallets), minus the price of sod (75 * 8.5 = 637.50) leaves you with $850.

Not a huge difference. If you're adding improvements to the soil than it's an even better deal for the customer. In my example, that's just laying some sod.

11-09-2009, 09:27 AM
We charge a bit more but as I said we do alot with it.
Lime 50lbs per 1000sqft
compost(3 yards per 1000sqft)=12yds
full till and grade
rolling the sod after
also sod stakes if needed.
also if the sod dies within a year we would replace. As long as the water and get on our fertilizer program.
Our cost is around $3500-$4000 for a 4000sqft area would have to see how hard the areas would be.

11-09-2009, 10:08 PM
Oh no, this is not just laying sod this yard needs alots of prep work. The yard is too high, it has alot of low and uneven spots in it. We got to cut the old grass out and haul it off, its not as easy as she thinks.

11-11-2009, 05:50 PM
The charges around here usually are around 70 to 90$ per pallet....

11-11-2009, 08:09 PM
Where are you from Tom? The reason why we charged a $100 a pallet is because of the shape the yard is in. Our prices are about the same as yours.