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Sod Pricing

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by rwsawal04, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. rwsawal04

    rwsawal04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    I just started my business and I'm trying to get some information about how to charge for sodding a lawn. Do I charge by the square foot or by the pallets I lay?
  2. Kindarring

    Kindarring LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    With sod we do cost by sqft. Now with the sqft we add 10% to the sqft do to cut in. To find out a sqft price you have to think about how you do your job. Like us we put 50lbs of lime per 1000sqft along with 10lbs per 1000sqft of starter fert (5lbs tilled into the soil and 5 on top of tghe sod when done). We also include 3yds per 1000sqft of compost and tilling and rolling the area. The key to pricing sod is the time and work it will take you along with the raw cost of material. Our sod prices are higher then most but noone does sodding like us.
  3. rwsawal04

    rwsawal04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Thank u for that information Kindarring. How do sod turn out when you plant it this time of year?
  4. Kindarring

    Kindarring LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Great really but they must still water. That is key even if temps fall very low just have them bring hose in so it does not freeze, then bring out if going to be in the 50's.
  5. rwsawal04

    rwsawal04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Thanks Kindarring, the reason why I was asking about sod pricing I'm about to do 4,000 sq. ft. for a customer. She thinks I'm charging her too much at $100 a pallet, she needs 8.5 pallets.
  6. LawnNeedz

    LawnNeedz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    I hope that is just your labor cost and does not include the price of the sod.
  7. rwsawal04

    rwsawal04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Ah yeah that's just labor, the sod was $75 a pallet!!!
  8. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    That might be a *little* more than I would charge but not ridiculous.

    4000 sq ft = about 450 sq yds. That's nine pallets around here.

    I charge about $3 a sq yd for smaller jobs like this. That's $1350. My sod only costs me about $65 a pallet, though ($1.30 per sq yd) So I am getting $1.70 * 450 to lay it, or $765

    Your way comes out to about $1487.50 ($175 per pallet * 8.5 pallets), minus the price of sod (75 * 8.5 = 637.50) leaves you with $850.

    Not a huge difference. If you're adding improvements to the soil than it's an even better deal for the customer. In my example, that's just laying some sod.
  9. Kindarring

    Kindarring LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    We charge a bit more but as I said we do alot with it.
    Lime 50lbs per 1000sqft
    compost(3 yards per 1000sqft)=12yds
    full till and grade
    rolling the sod after
    also sod stakes if needed.
    also if the sod dies within a year we would replace. As long as the water and get on our fertilizer program.
    Our cost is around $3500-$4000 for a 4000sqft area would have to see how hard the areas would be.
  10. rwsawal04

    rwsawal04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Oh no, this is not just laying sod this yard needs alots of prep work. The yard is too high, it has alot of low and uneven spots in it. We got to cut the old grass out and haul it off, its not as easy as she thinks.

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