80 cents per square foot price for sod

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by matthew horner, May 5, 2004.

  1. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    Just wondering what those of you with experience think of the price of 80 cents per square foot to install cent. or fescue sod, in central nc.

    this includes all costs, except additional prep work.

    Thank you
  2. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 458

    I think it is about 2.5 times more than I can get it done for by subbing out.
  3. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    thanks, that is why i'm asking. I want to be sure of my price before i put my name on the line.

  4. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    Here in west-central FL the going rate for ST. Augustine is about 40 cents on 5000 SF (10 pallets) or more.
  5. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    Is'nt florida a little lower on this stuff, usually?


    I'd love to hear from some nc lco's
  6. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    I got a quote from a landscaper. He says he does it for 25 cents per square foot.

    How can I be so wrong?

  7. STECH

    STECH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I work in a property managment capacity now responsible for landscape and have several yards to bid for replacement. The numbers I see on this thread are way too low for California. Materials alone run 0.35 to 0.45 per square foot for Fescue.

    All the sites I see online say to double the sod price which is fair with labor cost. I am finding there are adders like Gopher Screen, sod cutting, rototilling, bringing in topsoil to fix errosion. It really makes estimating a challenge.

    Perhaps the numbers you were stating are materials pricing, but I am open to hear from anybody with any insite that may be of assistance.

    Many Thanks

  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    Sod costs 30-40 cents a foot here to buy it up here its blue grass we like to tac on about 25 cents a foot to install plus any prep work. Comes out to about 80-90 cents a foot here and you still don't make squat at that price.
  9. ericmcj31

    ericmcj31 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    depends on what it's selling for...here that is a little high--I would say around .50-.60/sq. ft--but that also depends on the job; a smaller job (less than say 10 pallets) would be more-and a bigger job (say more than 25 or 30 pallets would be less).
  10. STECH

    STECH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Looks that way here too. We have a very large immigrant population (I have no issue with ANYBODY making a buck) here substantially undercutting the mainstream players. It makes estimating very difficult in an already difficult time.

    Looks like if there is minimal prep, there is no way to make a living at it.

    Thanks much for the reply.

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