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ajslands
07-09-2010, 08:31 PM
just wondering what a good labor price would be to remove sod? i know to factor in a sod cutter, and dump and hauling fees, i just dont know what i should charge per sq foot.


and then what would be a good price to install sod i was thinking $.13 pr sq foot?

thanks,

dgw
07-09-2010, 10:18 PM
is it a wide open area?

or is it gonna be a pain with the sod cutter?

.13 cents a square foot seems pretty cheap

how long will it take you?

are you doing it alone?

do you have to grade or amend the soil?

dgw
07-09-2010, 10:21 PM
oh and how many sq

ajslands
07-10-2010, 01:41 AM
Idk all that's involved quite yet, but I took a look on goolge earth, and the only reason that I think that it might be a pita is because they have a sprinkler system. Other than that it's pretty open, i'll be driving by it tommorow and I'll take a quick look. Maybe all I will need to do is harley rake it.
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ajslands
07-10-2010, 01:43 AM
Oh one laborer will be helping me, but I like to factor in for the worst and say 2. As for duration. Idk yet, I have to look at it in person.
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NarNar
07-10-2010, 04:56 AM
Oh one laborer will be helping me, but I like to factor in for the worst and say 2. As for duration. Idk yet, I have to look at it in person.
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I would suggest (if you haven't done so already) have the water and gas company come out and mark.

Watch out for the irrigation they break pretty easily. Watch the laborer closely, if they are not experienced, I had one bust a pipe and didn't tell me that SOB (He might not have known he busted the pipe though, we were planting hedges). We finished the install next customer contacts me complains about water puddle, come to find out pipe was busted. It was a quick fix, just a PITA.

Didn't mean to go off topic. I would agree with DGW $0.13 sqft does seem like it's pretty low. I would take a look at how big the yard is, estimate how long it would take to do the yard, add in your cost, labor, etc... then divide that by the sqft of the area and that would be your cost per sqft.

Hope that was helpful.

ajslands
07-10-2010, 09:42 AM
It was helpful!

Ms. Dig is 811 right?
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Stephanie07
07-14-2010, 11:43 PM
have you seen the site where you will put the sod? this will give you a hint on how long it would take you to put them, the price of would depend on your work are you planning to be paid via square foot or you want to be paid based on the hours of labor it is up to you and the owners agreement.

Glenn Lawn Care
07-15-2010, 12:28 AM
Charge so many $ a yard.

ajslands
07-15-2010, 12:44 AM
I figured it out, 4.5 pallets of sod yard is very small! about 3000 sq ft

I'll be putting down a few yards of top soil. I'm kinda if'y on Harley raking because I don't wan to hit a line, and the yard is incredably small!

Maybe if they make one for a dingo I'll do it but a skid ster would be a waste of time.
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unkownfl
07-15-2010, 01:08 AM
You can get a turf rake for the dingo they have a better attachment than the harley for it. I would be iffy on the irrigation using anything more than a sod cutter. Those are some big pallets of sod if you get 3000sqft with 4.5 pallets. The cheapest I ever removed sod was .25 sqft and that was just above breaking even doing it for a relative.

NarNar
07-15-2010, 02:03 PM
It was helpful!

Ms. Dig is 811 right?
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I don't know what you are conveying?

ajslands
07-15-2010, 03:11 PM
I don't know what you are conveying?

I dont know what conveying means?
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ajslands
07-15-2010, 03:15 PM
You can get a turf rake for the dingo they have a better attachment than the harley for it. I would be iffy on the irrigation using anything more than a sod cutter. Those are some big pallets of sod if you get 3000sqft with 4.5 pallets. The cheapest I ever removed sod was .25 sqft and that was just above breaking even doing it for a relative.

Thanks a million! And one!


It's 70 rolls on a pallet and they are 2x5 rolls.
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NarNar
07-16-2010, 12:42 PM
I dont know what conveying means?
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I didn't undstand what you were asking. Sorry for the confusion.

topsites
07-16-2010, 01:20 PM
It doesn't make any sense, all sod consists of is a layer of dirt with mature grass,
so what do these folks want, is the grass dead and they want the dirt removed?

Seems counter-productive to me even if the grass is dead, I'm aware you'll be putting down top soil
but why remove what's there unless something is definitely wrong with the dirt,
all they have to do is wait for the grass to finish decomposing and it's good as gone.

The whole idea strikes me as coming from someone that doesn't know how to maintain a lawn, and maybe I am wrong
folks like these think they spend money and it's fixed so they're spending money but it's going up the wrong tree,
I have dealt with folks like these before and it doesn't make them bad customers, uninformed perhaps and with some
there's nothing doing.

But with certain folks like the kind who are willing to listen there might be a benefit in not performing a useless chore
but rather to try and take some time educating the customer... I will say thou, fair warning, doesn't always do much
good either, however I am still not hip on the idea of doing a bunch of work that in the end isn't going to
benefit the yard or the customer (or best case scenario only costs more than it really needs to).

Why we are in business is to help the customer in ways that are most beneficial for the least amount of money,
it still costs way more than if they did it themselves, however customers realize that it might be worth paying the
extra when the guy they call has the right solution to begin with.

Personally I would drop the new dirt right over top of what is left of the existing sod, seed it, rake it, and water it real good.