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Old 02-20-2011, 10:21 PM
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Sod Installation Quote- Need opinions

I received a request for a sod installation quote which includes removing the existing lawn, tilling, adding in soil amendments, slight regrading, and then installing the sod.

The size of both back and front lawns is 5,300 square feet.

I am thinking of charging $.80 to $1 per square foot which includes the sod and soil amendments, labor, etc.

What do you all think? Do you think that price is too low or high?
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:06 PM
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Some are going to say you are way low but what is your cost for materials in total? 5300 sq ft sod in my area is $.15 sq ft but in other areas is double that. You are going to need 10 yds or so of compost if thats what you are using and a dyys labor tilling and grading. When its all done $5000 is a great price but in my area you would not get the job. I would be about $3000 and in my area I would be on the high side. I try to figure all costs associated with any job except irrigation and I figure my profit should be between $800-$1000 per day after all costs of the job meaning labor and materials.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:27 PM
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The cost for the sod will be $.30 a square foot. My client wanted tall Fescue grass because it is shade tolerant.

The Labor is $.08-.10 a square foot.

And all of the soil amendments are $.03-.05 a square foot

All together it is around $.41-$.45 a square foot in overhead

So I will be making $.55-$.59 a square foot in profit.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:54 PM
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Pricing really all depends on what type of equipment your using. IF youre using a rototiller, your going to be there for quite a while. Id recommend getting a skid loader with a harley rake. And just working the soil over until its pure dirt. Then take the compost, which you should be working in about 1-2 inches or so, so probably anywhere from 15-30 yards. Then take the harley rake again and mix all the soil, and grade it. I could handle all of that in probably 4 hours or so. With two guys working together you can lay about 1-1.5 pallets per hour, figuring in cutting time, clean up time, fine grading with the rake, etc. I dont know how much sod you get on a pallet we get around 500-600sqft. Figure about 9 pallets, and 6 hours of labor. If you have 4 guys, you can knock that job out in a day.

Id be at $1215.00 for the sod, 4 hours of the skid with the implement ($360), about $600 for the compost, and then about $1500 in labor. So 3675.00 for the job or about $0.69 per sqft.

Which would get me around 1400 in profit, or around $.26/sqft profit.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:58 PM
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I have a skid steer with a tilling attachment so I have that covered.

I know some of the local farms so I can get compost for free.

All I have to pay for is the cost of the sod and labor so I would be making around $.40-$.45 a square foot in profit.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:29 PM
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is the reason for re-sodding because the turf that is there is just full of weeds...if so rotilling it all in will just set the stage for weeds re-emerging soon enough.

Our sod jobs we cut the old turf out with a sod cutter...then put down new soil.....fertilize then lay new sod.

Cost for our sod here is $0.23/sq foot, soil is usually $35/yard or triple mix
Labour varies....depends how good the help is
The factor in disposal of old sod
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:27 PM
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They want their lawn to be re-sodded because they just had extensive home renovations so their lawn looks terrible but there still is grass and a shade tolerant grass needs to be installed.

I plan on renting a sod cutter to remove the existing lawn.

I also plan on after I remove the existing lawn, tilling the soil, let some of the weeds grow, kill them after they're a 1- inches tall, then kill them and till again before placing the sod down. This will get rid of some of the weeds.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:40 PM
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good idea on the killing weeds a couple of times....I have seen sod jobs where they just cut old stuff out and lay new stuff down right away....a week later the new turf has weeds 2 feet tall through out
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:11 PM
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Why would you rent a sod cutter? I'd imagine if you own a skidsteer you have a bucket for it no? Save the rental money and put it in your pocket
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:58 PM
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the way i would deal with the grass is this. round up a week or so before you start. Then just till everything into the soil with your loader. IT will provide good nutrients for the sod. If you make multiple passes over it with that tiller, you shouldnt have a problem and the need to spray again, however; if you insist. Then let them grow, spray, and then till again and you will be good. But if you till really good initially, you wont have a huge problem. And dont use a sod cutter. You will be there for 2 days trying to cut all of that sod out, then trying to haul it all out. That job just turned into like a 6 or 7k job by doing it like that.

Those things cut about 2" of packed soil out. Thats a lot of material to haul out. Then you will need a big dump truck for a day. When we put in a flower bed last summer, it was probably 300sqft at most. We used a sod cutter to take the lawn out, becasue we wanted to keep the flower bed even with the rest of the landscape, not 3" higher since we put 4" of mulch. It took me and my employee, 3 hours to cut out the sod and roll it up and get the bed shapped. The soil wasnt dry but wasnt wet, but with those cutters they dont get everything so you need to use a spade or a pick ax to get all the grass out. Since we were loading it all by hand into the dump that took us another hour or so, but we had a 1 ton dump, and that 300sqft completely filled that truck. We cut our mudflaps in half, they were touching the ground.
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