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FL Sod ?'s

turkp15

LawnSite Member
Location
Clearwater, FL
Whats up guys

With Spring coming soon I wanted to be able to lay down sod this year so I have a couple ?'s. Whats Industry time to lay down 5,000 sq. Ft. of St. Aug. grass? How much could I charge per. Sq. Ft.? What are some ways to get rid of existing grass? Things I must do to prep the ground? Will I need to get a soil test or does top soil have everthing I need in it? If theres anything else I need to know please let me know.

Thanks,
Jeff


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Fantasy Lawns

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Space Coast
Well let's see .... 400 sq ft per pallet of St. Aug soooo need 13 pallets .... BEYOND cost n prep .... Labor going be from $100-65 per pallet thrown .... may be less .... cost really needs to be based on your cost n not what anyones else says

Time should be 60-45 min. per pallet thrown .... depends on quality of sod ... how close the pallets are to the area .... prep is best with a sod cutter (rented is like $65 a day)

For us installed with tear out, sod & install is $230-250 per pallet
 
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turkp15

turkp15

LawnSite Member
Location
Clearwater, FL
Fantasy Is that with hauling the old sod out to? How much for a pallet of St. Aug. in your area? 45 -60 mins. per pallet is that 1 or 2 guys?

Jeff
 

sprout

LawnSite Member
Location
orlando,fl 32798
:cool: Well lets see! 5000 sq. thats 10 palletts. The last time I looked the sod was about $80 a pallett.
Sod--------------------$800
labor-------------------$800
Miscellaneous labor-$100
Spraying R/UP--------$50
Spray the old grass with R/UP, leave the old ground alone. Soil test? maybe, maybe not. And whats with the top soil, Fl is all sand every where. Some of the nicest lawns in Fl are down in South Fl, and they have nothing but sand and rocks. Hope this helps.
 
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turkp15

turkp15

LawnSite Member
Location
Clearwater, FL
I was told that mud base sod growns better then sand base sod is there any truth to this?

Jeff
 

Danimal

LawnSite Member
Location
southern Georgia
dirt or mud as you call it tends not to breakup as bad when laying it but I don't think it would grow any better if they were both fed the same
 

Turf Technologies

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Florida
There might be some truth to it, the Sod we order comes from the Everglades, muck farms, and its some of the greenest and thickest sod I have ever seen.
 
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turkp15

turkp15

LawnSite Member
Location
Clearwater, FL
Turf Tech is this St. Aug. your talking about?

Jeff
 

DennisF

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Florida
I'm just north of Tampa and here the going rate is 32 cents per square foot for Floratam (St Augustine) installed. I just had a new home built and that's what the sod contractor charged for 8500 SF installed. Total price was $2720 for sod and $175 for delivery. If you have to do a tear out of old turf the price usually doubles to 62 cents per SF.
 
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