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John Deere
09-12-2000, 11:03 PM
Anybody laying sod for more than .35 cents per sq. ft?

09-12-2000, 11:25 PM
Small jobs under 500 yds with no water start at $4.50
large jobs over 5000 yds $3.50 will water if water on site.

09-12-2000, 11:56 PM
Paul is the higher price with no water because you have to guaruntee it? Does your price include water via trucks. What is your average price per gallon for water by trucks. Also what is the sod costing you or is that just a labor price. My prices vary by type of sod and accesibility. also quantity counts. I usually do it a little cheaper if large rolls can be used.

09-13-2000, 02:00 AM
won't water jobs under 500 yds, would start to cost way too much,and nobody wants to pay that much. We use just blue grass sod, price includes labor to install and price of sod.
We use big rolls all the time, crew of three men expeted to grade and install 2000 per day big rolls. because of fuel costs this year prices of sod have risen to 1.40 per yd

09-13-2000, 02:39 AM
We lay small rolls of sod. Price is similar to Paul's. If it is a small job (under one pallet) price goes way up due to transportation or buying from local re-wholesaler. We always include labor to lay it in the price. We get improved tall fescue, second choice is bluegrass due to our heat/humidity.

09-13-2000, 06:52 PM
My market (lower cost of living than Paul's, thus lower prices), delivered bluegrass costs about $1.10 per yd. We're charging $2.75/yd, but I'm not happy with the ROI, so I'm bumping it up next year to $3+/yd. We don't water, but offer a service to hook up multiple sprinklers in parallel that can be turned off/on at the spigot for a fee. After about 4 wks we return and collect the sprinklers/hoses. Like a low-tech irrigation system (in this market less than 5% of residents have an irrigation system).

09-13-2000, 10:13 PM
Ive been charging $1/ft (cost .205/ft) and have yet to lose a bid. All my jobs so far have been under 2500 ft, FWIW.

Five Star Lawn Care LLC
09-14-2000, 02:51 AM
right now my going rate is 3.25 per sq yd on a new install.....if i have to rip out old sod and hual it away its another $ 2 sq yrd

09-15-2000, 09:45 PM
I've been charging$1/sgft(fescue/bluegrass), if just removing old and installing new. Need dirt,regrading, anything like that is extra. Just did some zoysia sod few sg. ft. last week, cost me $8/per 5 sg ft, damn!The guy wanted to do a 400 sg ft part of his yard that isn't zoysia to match the rest cause he's putting his house on the market, told him it would be $1000, cause we did all the other landscaping, if not it would have been couple hundred more. He decided not to do it.

09-16-2000, 08:54 AM
I can buy zoysia here for $2 per SQ YD all day long. That is delivered and placed. Bermuda goes for $1 per sq yd. After looking at some of everyone elses prices, these are cheap! And I still have customers complain that it costs too much to sod

09-18-2000, 12:15 PM
Sod is bought mostly by the pallet here in Texas. One pallet covers approximately 450sq ft. I don't see much of the rolled stuff except on sports fields. St.Augustine, Bremuda, Buffalo, and Zoysia are the most popular types. Their prices range from $89 to $180 a pallet + delivery and another $30 per pallet for install.

09-26-2000, 06:46 PM
We charge $2.75 per yard at the least for Fescue, to $3.75 a yard for Zoysia. This is for a basic install with no soil hauled in and just basic soil prep. Extra work needed we charge extra for.
This is about the going rate to a little high in our area.

Greg Pierce, CTP

09-30-2000, 02:28 AM
Most every contractor that I know of here in the Bay Area of San Francisco, works by the sq.ft. If I did my caculations right, that means I get $10.45 a square yrd

how I came up with this,
Square feet x 0.11111 = Square yards

I work at $1.15 a sq ft, price includes removal existing grass, soil admendment if needed and new sod. I use a dwarf fescue blend.


10-16-2000, 10:29 PM

10-09-2001, 11:22 PM
how I came up with this, Square feet x 0.11111 = Square yards

I know this post is from awhile ago but......

Isn't it more acurate and easier to use

Square feet divided by 9 = Square yards

since there are exactly 9 sq. ft. in a sq. yd.

10-09-2001, 11:34 PM
I charge $10.00/sod roll, installed.

Kansas Turf Man
10-09-2001, 11:46 PM
On the sod farm we are charging customers anywhere form 18.2 cents to 33.4 cents fer square foot for the sod + delivery. If I do the installing I charge and additional 11 cents on top of that. Prep work, is of course more. I charge an additional 20% to care for the lawn for the first 2 weeks. The sod market is very lucrative in many areas of the country. In my area its not bad, but you guys in the big cities are making some serious money. Goot luck to all of you and God Bless America.