sod est help

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Frontier-Lawn, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    i have a est to do for new sod to do in a week or so. how do i go about estimating a price for it. i know first i have to measure the size. but after that, im lost. i would be just the back yard.
  2. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    depends on the size, then determine how many curves and cuts your going to have to make (takes alot of time). Then figure out how long it'll take you to remove the old stuff, grade, and install the new stuff. Most of my installs are about 1200-2500sq feet. We can remove a 1200sq ft lawn in about 90minutes, grade it in 30, and it takes us about 20min per pallet to lay with 2 guys and 700sqft per pallet. Then ya cut, and depending on the curves, it might take 10min, it might take an hour.

    Then figure out all your costs with the data you gathered and give them the quote....

    Or just go the short easy way and charge per sq foot, but If its hilly and theres alot of cuts I dont do that, I only really charge per sq foot if its one big rectangle.

    I have 2 lawn installs saturday, one at a customers front lawn, and then my front lawn :) Sense im already going to have the sod cutter rented, why not do my own lawn ya know. LOL.

    However at the customers house I dont think I will be laying the sod until next week due to a sprinkler system has to get installed, but the tearout is still on sat.

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