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Sod- Please Help

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by horizonmowing, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. horizonmowing

    horizonmowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    I just got a sod job, about 2400 sq. feet. Im also going to talk this guy into a drain, because its a wet mess. Any way, the drain is going to be 65 feet long and empty out into his woods. Then I have to lay sod. I figure i will put about 2" of top soil and then roto till everything. I want to charge $4900.00. Im getting my sod for $3.75 for 5sq. feet. At 4900, i end up with about 2100 to pay employees and myself after taking rentals into account. What do you all think?

    drain- $115.00
    sod- $1800
    top soil- $475.00
    stone (around pool pumps) - $90.00

    Backhoe- $200.00
    tiller- $90.00
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    boy, that is expensive for materials

    we are paying $1.55-$2.50/sq yd. (9 sqft).

    sod here would range from $425-$675
    that's one load of topsoil.... about $200.00
    depending on the help you have, at most a day with three, a day and a half with two.
    the price varies with the cultivar.
  3. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    Forget the backhoe and get a trencher for the drain tile.A walkbehind will be fine for 65 feet.$15 per foot including materials.Should take about 2-3hours tops.
    Does he need topsoil?
    Sod should be about 5 pallets at 450sq ft per pallet.Way too high on the sod install.Those 5 pallets would cost me $250.Another 400 for installation.5 pallets should take 2 guys about 4-5hours to install correctly.
    Prep for that small of an area (sod)should take about 1-2 hours.
  4. horizonmowing

    horizonmowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    thanks for you help.
  5. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Do like the professionals do..

    Take a photo of the area to be worked.

    Get a sod cutter cut the sod out for a 4 foot wide strip. Just move the sod off to the side for now you will put it back later.

    Trench the ditch

    put in the drain, cable, pipe or what ever.

    Put the dirt back and pack it down

    sprinkle fertilizer on the bare dirt and soak it in.

    Replace the sod you removed earlier and roll it down good then water.

    Take a photo of the finish work so you can compare to the before photo.


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