Installing sod...

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by melanieb3, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. melanieb3

    melanieb3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I posted this in the starting a new business forum, but didn't get much help...Maybe you guys here can help me.

    Ok. We have a customer that wants sod put in. He currently has no grass.

    His first choice was St. Augustine and next was Centipede.

    I can't find St. Augustine any cheaper than $130 at the farms here near Shallotte, NC. Although I can get Centipede for $75.

    I need 38 pallets! It's a good size yard...

    We will be renting a bobcat and have a friend who has a skid so probably cutting him in on the job.

    My question is...what do you guys charge to:

    do the grading and install the sod?

    I'm not sure what the "going rate" is around here...this is why I'm asking you guys for help.

    I appreciate ALL input...but please include your price in your input :)
  2. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    Centipede is garbage hence the price difference.

    Depends what kind of grading you are talking about,pretty vague question.Some pics might help.

    Usually 500 square feet takes about 2 hours to lay...assuming no cuts and what not.Use that to figure out your price.
  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    Just how much centipied do you guys grown in Maryland ? 2 hours to lay a pallet you need to pick up the pace or find new help. We can lay it 2 to 3 times as fast

    back to the original post. That st augustine price is somewhat twoards the high end of the spectrum but not completly out of line if its good quality turf. Here st aug comes 450 sq to a pallet and centipied comes 500 ft.

    There is a price diff in the lawns no doubt. Centipied can be a very attractive lawn if cared for properly and takes less care than st augustine. I preffer st aug by a long shot. Much more attractive in my opinion.

    75 a pallet is kind of cheap on quality centipied. Go look at it before they harvest it and make sure your not getting pasture grass or weed infested green stuff.

    As for price... it depends on the prep work but we seem to come out between 300 and 500 per pallet including prep and installation on most jobs. A friend of ours is about to lay 750 pallets at a school and he is about 275 a pallet with no prep work.
  4. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,372

    Charge stock times three and you should walk away with a good profit. Speed wise, a good crew should lay 2000 sq. ft. per hour on a well prepped site, if there is little cutting?
  5. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,242

    I used to live in Ocean Isle and know Shallotte well.

    The $130/pallet is in line with most places around here. I get mine in Loris, SC at $120 and I pick it up. There's a place in Ocean Isle that has it for about the same price--picked up. Most of the migrant teams around the area will put it down for about $80/500sq. ft pallet. They are very good and consciouses about their work. I'd recommend them any day. To prep the soil: Most of that will be done by the hour +/-$25.00 for someone with a harley rake and tractor. Or rent one and do it yourself in an afternoon.
  6. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    I was referring to "me" not "we" when laying the sod.2 hours might be a little on the high end but not if there is cutting and what not involved or beds to go around.

    If you can lay 500 square feet with 1/4 inch of soil in 45 minutes more power to you.

    I'm sure all the seams will be perfect and it will be beautiful as you are throwing it off the pallet and kicking it in place to do it that fast.
  7. electronics2667

    electronics2667 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    In Fl. we charge around $130.00 to $140.00 a Pallet
  8. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    Labor only I assume?
  9. electronics2667

    electronics2667 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    yes all labor
  10. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    One person working alone, wheelbarreling 4 rolls at a time, getting tight seams, which means uncurling the ends that tend to stick up, 2 hours is about right with no cutting. Crews can do it much faster.

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