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Centipede Sodding Job

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by tsh1773, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I'm trying to price a centipede sodding job of about 3000 sq ft. Price per pallet at Supersod is $154.93 and it should take right at 6 pallets. How much would you charge in labor to lay 6 pallets of sod using a total crew of 2?
  2. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    Any prep work or is the site prepared? I would figure on about 10 man hours if there is no prep work. So apply that to whatever you want per man hour. It should be higher there than here. $156 is delivered or no? We pay $85 a pallet down here.
  3. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    They quoted me the wrong price the first time. When I called back they gave me the commercial price of $122.17 + $85 delivery + $7/pallet deposit. By my calculation excluding the pallet deposit, it comes to $136.34/ delivered pallet.

    The site currently has some bermuda along with alot of weedy stuff. I'm not quite sure what prep is needed at this point. I thought of maybe just tilling the area and removing the current grass and just put the sod down. Centipede is very hardy and shouldnt need a whole lot a prep.
  4. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    You are going to till bermuda under and then lay Centepede sod in late November? Bermuda will take back over next summer. Probably before the centepede greens up.
  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    For a smaller job like that, I rent a mini skid w/ a harley rake for about $200 per day. That will do the trick.
  6. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 617

    Don't till in any grass, I've done it before and it was hell trying to rake out all the clumps. Rent a sodcutter for 4 hours, then shovel off the spoils, goes pretty quick. I charge $.75 per square foot to do this much, 'cept I don't have experience with centipede grass, it is usually Kentucky bluegrass. A job like this would cost me $450 in sod, then $60 for the sodcutter, plus $80 for my brother helping me for 6 hours, add my dumping charge of $100 for the spoils. About 700 bucks. I would bid it $2250, and make about $1550 before taxes, thats a good days work for 2 fellers.
    Remember this price is for Northern Illinois. Hope this helps.
  7. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    Centipede is not a hardy grass.

    If you want to have centipede grass next year....don't take the prep lightly. I think a good sod job starts at the prep work.

    Laying sod is easy....anyone can do it. Prep is a different level of understanding what your wanting as the end results. I wouldn't even price a warm season grass in nov/dec.

    Good luck:D
  8. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I never said I'd be doing the job in November or December. The customer wanted some options for the early spring to make her back yard look better so I'm only in the beginning stages of this process.
  9. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    Well, since you will be starting in spring instead of now you might have a chance. You still will have trouble with the bermuda coming back, just cutting with a sod cutter wont get rid of it. A couple of things to consider,, Make the area more tolerate of Centepede than Bermuda. Centepede doesnt like lots of nitrogen or phosphorous, so dont go using your regular starter ferts for this project. Centepede can benefit from some N,P at planting but focus should be on making sure the K levels are correct inthe soil. Centepede can actually benefit from a little salt that is derived form the K. Dont get in a hurry to see centepede grass after planting, first to go dormant and last to green up. Also be aware of the coated Centepede seed, This seed has a clay coating that is equal to the actual seed weight so, if you apply the seed by weight you are only actually applying half the correct amount of seed for the area. Usually you wont hear me recommending heavy seed rates but with centepede, because of the coated seed and slow establishment rate, dont go light on the seed.

    Whoops, just remembered you said sod, still the fertilizer tips apply
  10. Greenbrier

    Greenbrier LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    You have to have a good soil base for the roots to grow in if you are sodding. If not, then you will be going back and replanting several yards of dead grass. You need to till it, or put a layer of topsoil down about two inches thick. That should create a good root soil medium. As for the Bermuda coming back, yes it will, and will overtake the centipede. Some people dont mind multiple grasses... some do. If they are really into one kind, you may want to sod with Bermuda, with the extra top soil; it may fix the problem, follow up with fertilizer. Lots of aeration and H20.


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