FL Sod ?'s

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turkp15, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. turkp15

    turkp15 LawnSite Member
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    Whats up guys

    With Spring coming soon I wanted to be able to lay down sod this year so I have a couple ?'s. Whats Industry time to lay down 5,000 sq. Ft. of St. Aug. grass? How much could I charge per. Sq. Ft.? What are some ways to get rid of existing grass? Things I must do to prep the ground? Will I need to get a soil test or does top soil have everthing I need in it? If theres anything else I need to know please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Jeff


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  2. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well let's see .... 400 sq ft per pallet of St. Aug soooo need 13 pallets .... BEYOND cost n prep .... Labor going be from $100-65 per pallet thrown .... may be less .... cost really needs to be based on your cost n not what anyones else says

    Time should be 60-45 min. per pallet thrown .... depends on quality of sod ... how close the pallets are to the area .... prep is best with a sod cutter (rented is like $65 a day)

    For us installed with tear out, sod & install is $230-250 per pallet
     
  3. turkp15

    turkp15 LawnSite Member
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    Fantasy Is that with hauling the old sod out to? How much for a pallet of St. Aug. in your area? 45 -60 mins. per pallet is that 1 or 2 guys?

    Jeff
     
  4. sprout

    sprout LawnSite Member
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    :cool: Well lets see! 5000 sq. thats 10 palletts. The last time I looked the sod was about $80 a pallett.
    Sod--------------------$800
    labor-------------------$800
    Miscellaneous labor-$100
    Spraying R/UP--------$50
    Spray the old grass with R/UP, leave the old ground alone. Soil test? maybe, maybe not. And whats with the top soil, Fl is all sand every where. Some of the nicest lawns in Fl are down in South Fl, and they have nothing but sand and rocks. Hope this helps.
     
  5. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
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    We $90- 117 a pallet for delievery. We prep by spraying Round up and somtimes remove the old turf.Thenwe charge $250 to lay it per pallet.
     
  6. turkp15

    turkp15 LawnSite Member
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    I was told that mud base sod growns better then sand base sod is there any truth to this?

    Jeff
     
  7. Danimal

    Danimal LawnSite Member
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    dirt or mud as you call it tends not to breakup as bad when laying it but I don't think it would grow any better if they were both fed the same
     
  8. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 590

    There might be some truth to it, the Sod we order comes from the Everglades, muck farms, and its some of the greenest and thickest sod I have ever seen.
     
  9. turkp15

    turkp15 LawnSite Member
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    Turf Tech is this St. Aug. your talking about?

    Jeff
     
  10. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    I'm just north of Tampa and here the going rate is 32 cents per square foot for Floratam (St Augustine) installed. I just had a new home built and that's what the sod contractor charged for 8500 SF installed. Total price was $2720 for sod and $175 for delivery. If you have to do a tear out of old turf the price usually doubles to 62 cents per SF.
     

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