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How much do I Charge for getting yard ready for Sod?

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by StearnScape, May 9, 2019.

  1. StearnScape

    StearnScape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Can anyone help a "starting out new Gardener " the steps on getting a 20x25 yard ready for sod. The soil is workable, not many rocks, some patches of existing grass. Looking for prices on Labor for this job? Sprinklers already intact, small if any tune-up repairs. Will be using 85ft bender board, and may have to add some soil.
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,238

    You need to mark all the heads with flags:
    Turn on a zone, stick a flag at each one.

    You need to get rid of any existing vegetation, typically I use a sod cutter.

    Then get a leveling course of fresh topsoil
    Spread it out evenly over 1/3 of the area

    Lay the first 1/3 of the sod minus about one to two rows

    Then spread more topsoil and repeat the process

    Sod comes with its own topsoil so you don’t need as much as seeding a lawn might, but you still need some, typically 1-2 inches

    Don’t put down too much or the Sod is too squishy
    Don’t put it down all at once or you’ll be walking all over it trying to lay the sod at the farther parts.
    It will go faster and easier if you can bring the pallet as close to where you’re laying it as possible.
    While you’re laying the next area of sod you can let the first areas sprinkler zone run.

    Make sure to roll the topsoil before laying the sod and after
    Cut out the sprinkler heads with a sod knife and then you can turn on the zone
    Typically you need to do slightly more than a zone at a time due to over lapping spray patterns

    When you flag the irrigation heads, if you use different colored flags per zone, you will be able to tell the zones apart

    20x25 might have one zone
    Might have three zones
    Depends on how/who set it up.

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