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got a few questions on sod installs

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JJLandscapes, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    We are mainly a maintenance company but tackle on any job that comes our way and do a good job somehow always even if its first time.... Started doing sod this year mostly below 200 sq ft sections and have 2 jobs that are about 800-1000 sq ft each that has to be rototilled and its for the most part completely level and wont need to much effort in that field

    we pay 30 cents a sq ft for the sod and already gave an estimate to the person and got approved with the rates we wanted so im curious what you guys would charge for about a 850 sq ft job ??

    we set aside a day for it since theres only 2 of us and want to make sure we can get it all done in one day which shouldnt be a problem.. DO you think we should rent a dingo of somesort to help out? how much time would it save or just not worth it
  2. Thirdpete

    Thirdpete LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 236

    850 square feet is 85 rolls, plus a ten percent extras for curves and stuff... so 94 rolls @ 8ish a roll, 752. i guess that would be high around here. some people go as low as 6, some go as high as 10. but i would use a sod cutter and a rototiller... sod cutter to get rid of old and then till the soil. lot cleaner, lot easier that way.
  3. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    a sod cutter does wa exactly? you can set it to a given height and it will basically take a top layer off ???

    u said between 752-1000 is the rate around your area installed? we told him 1300 it was originally 1500 but he decided he didnt want some areas covered i just wanted to make a set profit for the day this is more of a learning phase right now every year we tackle on more jobs that might be over our heads and sometimes we dont make as much as we should but we are in this business for the long haul and it will pay off it in the future when we can jobs like this with our eyes shut for a lot higher price
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Well, about three weeks ago I bid on a lawn repair/sodding job. Guy had a company come in a do a 1/2 ass install, butchered everything up. For the 1000sqft repair I charged 1100. I stand to make about 550 after everthing is said and done which is fine by me since it is right up the street from my house and is also going to be another weekly accnt. Get to lay the sod down wednesday.
  5. Thirdpete

    Thirdpete LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 236

    yea the sod cutter takes the top layer off.

    rates are low for around here, i know that for a fact, but thats the going rate. sod costs like 25 cents / square foot in ten foot rolls (2x5), plus for an area that size, probably a single bag/bale of peat moss, minor dump fees for removing the old sod. you can make money at 752 but not much.
  6. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    In my area Sod is priced out per pallet with most grasses at abotu 100sq ft per pallet. Going at about $300 per pallet installed plus ground work. you are looking at $2700 plus your fertilizer adn ground prep added to that. Easy $3000 to $3500 job. You said the ground it fairly level, probably about $3000 even for all.
  7. GreenDesire

    GreenDesire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Sod is $.35 a sq/ft. To put it down I would charge twice the amount plus a little for labor charge, so about $1.25 a sq/ft. So for 850 sq/ft about $1,062.50. Sounds like a reasonable price. We just did a job last week, me and 3 of my guys and put down 40 pallets of SOD in 1 day. Record breaker for me. 8am-6:30pm we were done.
  8. barefootlawnsandlandscape

    barefootlawnsandlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    I can have the sod company lay it of $.18/sq.ft and charge .25 and never touch it. I always bid dirt work labor plus materials because you never really know how much dirt it will take.
  9. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    100sqft per pallet? Are you kidding me?

    Maybe they do things different up there but down here we get 500 sqft / pallet. That is pretty much the standard pallet, 500sqft.
  10. totalturfga

    totalturfga LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    We are not all that far from Savannah and we get ~ 500sq. ft /pallet as well. As a point of reference we charged $3000 for ~ 1800 sq.ft. of zoysia that's with soil prep and fertilizer.

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