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Sod Estimates

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by C. MOORE LAWNS, Mar 23, 2007.


    C. MOORE LAWNS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Hey guys, just curious how you estimate sod. Similar to mulch? Just calculate in delivery, tax, and installation? Thanks a lot!
  2. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    Call your local sod company find out what they charge per pallet plus delivery. Then if you want add 5-10%. I charge $50 per pallet to lay it but i know some guys here are double and triple. If we have to do the prep work then that of course is extra w/ $200 MIN.
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Sod is a nice mark-up item. I can get a pallet at $70-$75, probably charge nomal labor rates to lay and pickup, 150% markup easy on the sod.

    Any prep would be priced seperate. AND yes, call. Usually there are minimum orders for delivery (maybe 4-5 pallets min. around here at least)
  4. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I cant belive how cheap some of these guys are. I buy a pallet for $90 and charge $700 to install each pallet, which is 700sq ft per pallet.

    Some jobs are more (back yard, grading, etc.), some are less (7,500sqft or more, already preped, etc.).

    However I base mine on a dollar a sq ft including prep work on an average 1,000-3,000sq ft lawn.
  5. BW Landscaping

    BW Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    i charge a set price of $0.99 to $1.19 a square foot, that include the prep work, has worked out well for me so far

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