Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by scott185, Jun 11, 2001.

  1. scott185

    scott185 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I would like to bid on a small sod job (5000 ft sq). what should I charge per sq ft? The area has been rough graded and is ready for topsoil and fine grading. I own a bobcat 873, Is it worth getting rolls of sod and using my machine to lay it down or just do it in sections?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions. I live in southern NY
  2. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    just say, "use your bobcat" you have the attachment for the rolls?
  3. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    How do you get the ruts, left by a bobcat, out of the soil profile ?
    Jim L
  4. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,578

    If the soil is firm enough, it is ok.. there is times you get ruts and have to have someone doing a bit of hand raking... I put down around 100 rolls in a day ..they are about 80ft long by 4ft wide.
  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    I don't know if this will help, but a local sod supplier here told me that big roll sod really only goes faster/better when the project is 1/2 acre and up.

    I subbed out a 12,000 sqft of sod laying to them 2 years ago, and let them choose between big roll and sq yards (same price per sqft laid). They laid the sq yards.
  6. scott185

    scott185 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Thanks for the advice guys, what is the going rate for preparing and installing sod?
  7. Kansas Turf Man

    Kansas Turf Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    For prep work I charge $100/hr plus 15/hr for each person I have on the job. For the installation I charge 11 cents per sq. Ft. Be sure to use a starter fertilizer it helps out alot. As far as big roll or slabs. Big rolls will always look more professional due to fewere seems. Even though it is a small area it is worth using the big rolls. If the ground is too soft get a knife and cut it into long slabs and get 2 people to pick it up and put it in place. This will result in about 70% fewer seems versus slabs.
  8. EarthWorks

    EarthWorks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Time savings on rolls really depends on how the area is set up. A lot of trees and obstacles may be better for squares. We are spoiled by the easiness of rolls and always dread laying squares.
  9. Comet

    Comet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    11 cents ?? My cost alone is 30 cents sq.yd
    The prep work I can relate to, not the installation,
    What am I missing here please
  10. Prasino

    Prasino LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    11cents??? how cheap do you buy your sod for

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