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Sod or seed: What's cheaper?

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by LawnGuy35, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. LawnGuy35

    LawnGuy35 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    For those who have installed new turf to areas of a few hundred square feet, do you find it cheaper to use seed or sod? Customer wants to convert a landscape bed to turf, and it's roughly 200 square feet. Their words: "Don't care if it's seed or sod, but prefer the cheapest of the two."

    I know I'll need to till the soil and add a little, but curious what those who have done it find to be the cheapest (and easiest) route?
  2. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,154

    A pallet of sod(covers 500+/-sqft) runs $165. A 40 bag of fescue seed(covers 5ksqft) runs $80-$100. Need to prep the soil and apply a fertilizer either way.
    No gloves likes this.

    GRANTSKI LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,032

    seed for cheap longer term results / sod for more expensive instant results.
  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 20,471

    Sod is $375 a pallet here plus tax.
  5. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 7,710

    Cheapest will go to seed every time. Unless you score some deal on sod. Now for 200sqft with a spring project I would go sod every time if I had the choice. In fact I prefer sod over seed just cause when I leave I know it's installed and the sod is good.
  6. falzoneslawncare

    falzoneslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    a short drive to the sod farm will cost me 100 per pallet, they pull wile you wait. i call ahead for large jobs and its installed the same day.
  7. cold-beer

    cold-beer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    Seed is cheaper, and creates a more robust and ultimately better looking lawn in the long run. A $20 bag of premium seed with fert already mixed in would cover that area, but you might have to seed it twice to get it thick

    Sod is instant and only takes one time to set up, but it costs more. Sod ends up looking like poo around her after a while. Especially blue grass, which is the only sod I can get whenever I want
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  8. Digitaria Sanguinalis

    Digitaria Sanguinalis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    Where are you located?

    What type of grass?

    I also never seed in the Spring because it won’t survive the heat.

    I would sod that area.

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