Sod $$?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by fga, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    How ya doing? Just wondering what you guys are getting for sod by the square foot? I know each job varies alittle, but an average. Last season I was getting $1.40 square foot. Am I in the park, too low too high?payup
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi FGA,

    Here is a quote from this post.

    "If you're looking for a formula, I can tell you, around here, it usually comes out to about $1.00 per sq. ft. to $1.75 per sq. ft. But again, that's a big range. Furthermore, thes prices vary TONS from one part of the country to another. Check out a thread on sod in the "Landscaping" section of lawnsite. So it's better to work out the above costs first rather than just plug in a formula.

    The danger to just going with a formula is that sometimes you are REALLY over bidding a job. And that sets you up for losing the bid without you even knowing it! I finally figured this out one day when I thought I'd bid a job out at about $1.50 per sq. ft. and just give them that price. But then I stopped for a second and just added up my costs for all of the above. And for that specific job, to my surprise, it turned out to only be around $1.00 per sq. ft. So if I would have bid what I first thought, I would be been overbidding by 50%. Then the next guy who came to give a bid would have done it for less and I would have not got the job and been scratching my head"
  3. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    We charge by the sq/yd. $4.50 installed.
  4. Always Green

    Always Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Unless the person answering your question is from your area it's really useless your in Staten Isl. only a 1 1/2 hr drive from here and we get $0.35 per sq ft..
    The best way to figure it is what do you and your men install in a day ( mine 2000 sq.ft per man per day) divide the amount you charge per day by the total you can do per day ( $.015 per sq ft for me) add your sod costs ($0.13 per sq ft) plus 25% for overhead and profit............. Now you #'s Will be different but you get the ideal
    This may make a difference we do mostly larger lots 12,000 to 20,000 sq.ft not postage stamp lots in the city, I also charge of prep separatelypayup payup payup
  5. sidebuz

    sidebuz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Northern IN- $.30/sq. ft if it is larger job. $.35 if using small rolls and doing a small job. Price of sod is $.13-.14/sq. ft. Rest for prep and labor. Now if extra topsoil, excessive grading, etc. is required... well, that will be tacked on.
  6. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    I'll probably raise it up to $1.50. The sod cost more for me even when I pick it up with my "LCO DISCOUNT", it costs abot .20 - .25 cents a sqft. Also, the jobs done in this area are usaully done on a smaller scale. There is an occasional big sod job, but for the most part, 1000 - 2000 sqft. is an average for me. Thanks alot guys, profressional as usaul.
  7. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 955

    I usually am .35- .50cents a sq. ft. but like some others we do bigger jobs usually 10,000 to 1 acre jobs and I get it for .13cents a sq. ft.
  8. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    .50 cents a sq ft installed, does nbot include removal of exsisting surafce(grass,mulch,weeds,ect)


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