Sod Installation

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Yard, Jan 4, 2000.

  1. Yard

    Yard LawnSite Member
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    I'm bidding a job for the spring that includes some sod installation. Any tips on the prep work? The price per square foot? I'm located in CT. Thanks!!

    MJ LANDSCAPING LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    We get $1.00 a sq. ft for the installation of sod. That price includes light raking. If there is major preparation involved then you charge them extra. We just did 12,000 sq. ft this week and the customer had us prep the area 2 days before. I charged them for a skid steer, topsoil and labor x 7 hours. Then 2 days after they were charged $12000.00 for the installation of the sod.
  3. RwADesigner

    RwADesigner LawnSite Member
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    Man i need to move where you are......nobody here would ever think about paying $1/sf here

    is that competitive where you are...

    i would love to get that much here...........but no chance...

    we usually sell for .35/sf here

    o well....
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm w/you on that being a little high!! WE too get around $.35-.40 per sq. ft for sod install w/ minimal hand grading. To rip-out, regrade and sod - now thats closer to $1.00 per sq.ft. Bryan of PAPS would concur w/ this too I believe.

  5. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes i would concur... i get about .35-.55 for a simple sod install with no prep. But then charge accordingly for prep work if nec. I.E. X hrs for machine work grading... X $$ for yards of topsoil installed... etc. but a safe bet is about $1.00 per sq. on prep/sod.
  6. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Posts: 648

    If I didn't know what to charge, I'd call some of my local cometitors to get an idea. Prices do vary across the country. If you don't have any local competitors, then I guess you could charge anything you wanted. But, I'd bet a couple of phone calls would better serve you. Good luck.
  7. bill--bls

    bill--bls LawnSite Member
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    sod cost .35 to .36 per sq. ft, we install for $1.00 per. this inclouds (sp) lite hand grading. anything above that is extra$$
  8. Always Green

    Always Green LawnSite Member
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    Mj, you got to be kidding you really get over $10,000.00 for one days work? I guess you only work one day a year.The sod cost you less than $2,000.00 and 6 men can install it in one day.
    6 men @ $400.00 per day is $2,400.00
    12,000 sq ft of sod at say$0.15 $1,800.00
    15% profit $630.00
    total $4830.00

    If you really get a dollar a sq. ft, how many sq. ft do you do in a year 12,000
    we do between 50,000 and 200,000 a year and its not all we do. i couldn't sleep at night if i charged that much, now if your talking prep too sure it can go over a dollar.

    MJ LANDSCAPING LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    always green thats what seperates south jersey with central jersey. We can get a $1 a sq. cause our customers spend the dough. We are talking estate homes not shacks. We do about 150k to 200K of sod a year. Everyone around here spends the $ for the looks of there property. Thats your problem if you dont get it. You never made $10k in one day. You must be doing low scaled work. We average jobs a week that are $5- $60k a week. You need to take it up a notch. But you are probably a glorified lawn cutter, instead of a full service company.
  10. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 404

    What kind of gross sales do you do a year if your grossing about $200,000 a year in just sod as you just mentioned... and I noticed that in another post you responded to, you mentioned you do like about 100,000 sq. ft a year in stamped concrete.... if your doing 100,000 sq.ft a year in stamped concrete... thats got to be like atleast $600,000 a year in sales there... + your "sod" sales... your at like almost a million dollars a year in just two items.... damn... you must be doing like $10 million a year then in total sales... figuring in all other aspects of landscaping...please... tell me what kind of gross sales you do... :rolleyes:

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