SOD Question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by FIREPOWER, Apr 29, 2008.


    FIREPOWER LawnSite Member
    from SW Ont
    Messages: 34

    Ok I have a question about sodding....Customer has 50x75 (3750 sq') backyard. He wants the old turf stripped and removed. 4" topsoil -38 yards = 2'' deep so times two is 76 yards-4". 400 rolls of sod @ 2'x5' = 4000 sq'. How many man hours do I charge for removal, soil installation and sod installation? 3 guys. I guess i should rent a skid for this puppy. This is my first sod job...

    This is what I came up with for tentative price:

    76 yards topsoil @ $40 per yard= $3040
    Delivery $300
    Sod $800
    Skid rental $300
    Dump fee $300
    Plus 20%
    Total materials:$5688

    Now times that by 2 ? = $11,379
    (roughly $3 a foot ) Is that enough or too much ? how long do you guys think this will take from stripping to leaving ? 3 guys.
  2. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    i would charge 75 cents per square foot for the sod and installing it (4,000 sq ft @ .75 = $3,000). as far as top soil i usially charge about $60.00 per yard for the material and istallation per yard ($60 x 76 yards =$4,560). With that said for spreading the top soil and sod, material included, i would charge about $7,560 plus sales tax. as far as removing the old lawn, your gonna have to fiqure out about how long it will take you, heres an example for you, if it took me the whole day, (8 hour day), i would charge about $700.00 for the tractor, or skid steer what ever you prefer, and if i had to have 3 men there to complete it i would charge $45.00 a man an hour so 45x8= $360. Then you take $360x3 men = $1,080 for the labor, and then i would charge $100 per truck load which a whole day riping a lawn i am guessing about three loads so $300. so total removal $2,080 + sales tax. As far as the total job cost (the estimate i would give the customer $9,640.00 + sales tax.

    FIREPOWER LawnSite Member
    from SW Ont
    Messages: 34

    Thanks man. I thought I was pretty close but your breakdown helps. I cant believe that homeowners pay that much for grass lol.
  4. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    no problem, i no what you mean, it sounds like a real lot for grass, but thats just what it cost, and if they dont like it, the hardest thing to do is learn how to do in bsiness, is just to walk away. stick by your price, most of the time your calling there bluff, when they try to get you to lower there price
  5. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Don't you think four inches of top is excessive? One should be plenty.
  6. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,210

    Yeah i know thats probably canadian funds there, but 3k for top soil is mad high. 1-2" is all youd need usually. Is 40 the cheapest you can get top soil, i know in NJ in US we can get good stuff for $20-25 at most.

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