Prices for Removing Sod?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Farbio, Mar 21, 2003.

  1. Farbio

    Farbio LawnSite Member
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    I usually charge around $1 per square ft. to install sod depending on the terrain. My question is how much do I charge to remove and haul away sod using a sod cutter. The area is 4,000 sq. ft. , flat, and easy to get to. What should I charge per sq. ft. for this type of work? :)
     
  2. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
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    what type of equiptment do you own or rent for this job. removing 4000 sq ft of sod is a big job if you do it all by hand. do you have a place close to dump it? be careful I lost my a## on removing sod before. It can take a long time if you don't have the proper equiptment.
     
  3. Farbio

    Farbio LawnSite Member
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    dforbes

    I am going to rent the biggest sod cutter the rental place has. Do you know a cheap way to get rid of sod? I am going to bid this job high just in case things don't go so smoothly.
     
  4. DaleL

    DaleL LawnSite Member
    from SW Ohio
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    A buck a foot!!! Wow that's great if you can get that! Around here half that would be, in some cases, considered high. I'm starting a 4,000 sf job on Monday that I bid last fall at $2100. That includes stripping the existing , hauling away, and installing. Hope this is useful, if not...oh well! :dizzy:
     
  5. SWR11

    SWR11 LawnSite Member
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    Hey DAle what gear do you use? How much time does it take? A day?
     
  6. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
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    we can usually find places in our area looking for clean fill. They will take sod for free. for 4000 sq. Ft of sod I would consider renting a bobcat to clean it up with after you cut it. you are talking about a big job. Also if you have access to a dumptruck it would be helpful.
    Dennis
     
  7. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
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    right? One guy driving slowly while another guy picks up part of the strip and "feeds" it into the bucket. Piece of cake.
     
  8. DaleL

    DaleL LawnSite Member
    from SW Ohio
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    I TRY TO USE HIGH GEAR most of the time! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    Sorry, I couldn't hep m'self!

    :dizzy: On a much more serious note - I usually get a Ryan or Turfco sod cutter from the local rental shop. Depending on how much help I have I usually figure on blowing the day on that size job.

    Fer sure a dumptruck is a great asset if you have one. The Bobcat or other bucket equipped piece is also nice for the already mentioned reason.

    DaleL
     
  9. Lawnboy5

    Lawnboy5 LawnSite Member
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    why don't you just use the bobcat and take it out that way? Get a bucket with teeth and you will be done in a hour.
     
  10. Farbio

    Farbio LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for all the replies. I think a sod cutter, bobcat, and a dump truck will do the trick. But none of you have said what you would charge per square foot. I would appreciate some input. Thanks.:cool:
     

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