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Sod install - need some in put

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by StBalor, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    6000 sq. Ft. remove exsisting and lay new sod.
    Tell me what you think. Is pricing in the ball park?

    plan of attack:

    Day 1
    till entire 6000 sq. Ft. rake out all exsisting grass.
    Spread 1" of compost per customers request.
    spread starter fertilizer and lime per customers request.
    till again and level out

    Day 2
    finish up leveling lawn
    Lay sod

    Useing 5 guys can this be done in 2 10 hr. days

    also my pricing

    Material - 3680.00
    labor - 4500.00
    Buisiness mark-up 1227.00
    total = 9,407.00 or roughly 1.57 a sq. Ft.
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

    I think it is best to correct whatever problem caused the condition. Shade? Disease? Weeds? Grubs? drought? Wrong grass type? Difficult weeds or quackgrass? Neglect?

    I suggest kill first, then remove old sod with sod cutter and haul away. (kill first optional.) Add compost and starter fert; till in. Level carefully. Lay sod. Water.

    What type of grass goes out? What type goes in? Irrigation? Shade?
  3. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,356

    I assume your spreading lime based on a soil test indication?:usflag:
  5. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    I was basically looking for input on my time and price.

    Backyard had a lot of shade but the customer recently took out a lot of trees.
    Lawn was bare due to excessive shade.
    front yard has a lot of weeds and will be killed off before tilling.
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  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,356

    Time is high IF you have no problems. A backyard formerly filled with roots may be a tilling workout. So is the 1200+/- your profit? If so your about right. 5 guys can lay 6k in no time so the second day might be a short one. With tilling you have far less to rake up than using a sod cutter.:usflag:
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I would consider what Patriot is saying... I personally would plan on day 1 and day 2 be involved with preparation, especially the tilling.
    Yes, a 5 man crew that is good for anything can put down 6k of sod in one day... but Tilling and levelling at the same time is an inefficient waste of time and manpower...

    You are talking about real money for this guy, don't make him regret doing business with you becuz you had a mission to do it in 2 days... Running 2 tillers(with maybe 3 guys) and if everything goes OK, maybe 1 day, but I always leave myself a buffer, and expect to run over new ground at least 3 times, b4 putting down the compost for a final run...
  8. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    Thanks for the input guys. I guess i was just wondering if my price of 1.57 per sq. Ft. Was fair.
    I understand what you are saying about making sure all the prep work is done correctly before laying the sod.
    Believe me, i am my worst critic.
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  9. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    I did not get the job. The customer said price was to high. I thought the price sounded fair for the prep and sod. But i guess not.
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,356

    Don't feel bad. I get beat up on price sometimes by the local sod hacks. The customer usually figures it out a few weeks later. By then the crap, dead, stolen, weed infested, el cheapo cash job is long gone. CL has a plethora of these outfits to choose from. You'll get the next one.:usflag:

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