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Sod installation. help on estimate please

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JE LAWN CARE, Oct 2, 2007.


    JE LAWN CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Well the backyard is about 1200 sq ft. Its a new house, so its pretty much leveled and has sprinklers already and the guy will provide the sod. My brother is gonne help me .How much would it be ok to charge him? I told him i would provide the soil and the tiller. oh also, how many bags of soil would I need
    thanks for your time.
  2. agm

    agm LawnSite Member
    from NM
    Messages: 178

    Well on the soil, I can't tell you how many bags you would need since I buy it in bulk, which would probably be easier for you instead of bags. I would use use about 2-3 yards of soil. Pricing, I charge $1.35 per sq.ft. So that comes out to about $1620. That's here in my area though. Yours might be different. This is just a ball park. Hope this helps.

    JE LAWN CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Oh ok. so when you buy it in bulk, how do you get it? in a pallet or??
    and 1.35 a sq ft.? what if hes providing the sod?It would be better for me. I rather they deliver it to his house.
  4. agm

    agm LawnSite Member
    from NM
    Messages: 178

    When I said bulk, I meant buy the truck load, not bags (loose top soil). The $1.35 per sq.ft is just the labor to install. Thats not including the sod. Obviously it would be more if it was. That price includes, all ground preparation and laying down the sod.
  5. chris638

    chris638 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    $1.35 per sq. ft. is amazing. Around here you're lucky if you can get $.45 a sq. ft sod and installation.
  6. Sierra Landscaping

    Sierra Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Up here in Northern California we are getting $3.00 sq.ft for sod plus charging $700 per valve!

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