removing sod

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ajslands, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    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,
     
  2. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
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    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?
     
  3. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
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    oh and how many sq
     
  4. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    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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  5. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    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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  6. NarNar

    NarNar LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
     
  7. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    It was helpful!

    Ms. Dig is 811 right?
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  8. Stephanie07

    Stephanie07 LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  9. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    Charge so many $ a yard.
     
  10. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    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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