Sod Install Job

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by LawnsM, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. LawnsM

    LawnsM LawnSite Member
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    Hi everyone!
    Feels great to return to this awesome board for another great season. Someone is already calling in wanting a sod installation job done for March. I've never done this before, but I'm going to give it a shot. Some of my questions are: What is the going rate? What equipment do I use for gorund prep? How long does installation take? I read a post back in November and someone mentioned using sand instead of tilling??? Any suggestions or advice is appreciated. THANKS GUYS!
     
  2. AceFinish

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    Well what are the site conditions like? How much sod is it going to be? How close is your supplier? That is a little of the information that I need to know before I can help you. And no don't bring in sand.
     
  3. LawnsM

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    The yard is a bare lot in a newly established neighborhood. The whole lot (including large house & pool) is under 22,000 sq. ft. Few weeds and some rocks in the lot. Sod for me is $100 per pallet. My supplier will give me free delivery.
     
  4. LawnsM

    LawnsM LawnSite Member
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    Just Curious... Why is sand a bad idea? Thanks!:)
     
  5. AceFinish

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    Sand is a bad idea because it drains fast and when you put down new sod you want that area to stay fairly wet until the sod is established. I would use a harley rake on a skid steer or tractor. Or you could use a pulviser on a tractor to grade it out. Over here we get about 27 cents a square foot installed plus grading.
     
  6. LawnsM

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    THe soil, just like all newly established neighborhoods, is very hard and clay-like. Should I add any kind of organic matter to the soil to aid rooting? This option involves more cost though. What is your opinion?
     
  7. LawnsM

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    Also, what is your grading charge? THanks a bunch Ace. You've been very helpful.
     
  8. AceFinish

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    You don't have to if you are going to though just put down like a 1 inch layer of black dirt. I just would just put down a 13-13-13 fertilizer before you lay the sod but after the grading.
     
  9. LawnsM

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    Thanks again AceFinish! Any one else care to share what they charge for sod installation?
     
  10. LawnsM

    LawnsM LawnSite Member
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    Also, I was curious if anyone one here rolls the sod after is has been placed. Everything I have read says to roll the sod to prevent air pockets that might prevent sod from rooting. Is this a necessary step?
     

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