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How Much Does Sod Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $160-$600average costMedium: $280-$1,000
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Sod is an "instant" lawn, either rolled out by machines (sometimes using an underlying netting) or placed by hand in mats or rolls. It generally takes about two years for a grower to mature good quality, weed-free turf sod.

Typical costs:

  • For the do-it-yourselfer, rolls of sod cost 8-30 cents a square foot, depending on the variety and quantity bought. For front and back lawns of 20x50 feet each, that's 2,000 square feet or $160-$600.
  • Having sod professionally installed just about doubles the cost to 14-60 cents a square foot, or $280-$1,000 for 2,000 square feet. A contractor may use special equipment to install rolls of sod 42 inches wide and up to 128 feet long, which saves on labor costs, creates fewer seams and gets the job done more quickly. Usually the cost per square foot is lower for a large, flat area that can be installed mechanically, averaging 15-24 cents or $6,500-$10,500 an acre (43,560 square feet).
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What should be included:
  • The University of California[1] gives a good visual of how rectangles of sod should be laid out and the University of New Hampshire[2] outlines all the steps involved.
  • Generally all that's needed for do-it-yourself installation is the ability to understand "green side up" and lots of dirty, sweaty work. The ground must be properly leveled and prepared, and the sod should be installed immediately upon delivery.
Additional costs:
  • A contractor will charge more for a steep slope, an unusually shaped (non-rectangular) area, a narrow (less than seven feet wide) access making it necessary to haul the sod in by hand or other special circumstances.
Discounts:
  • If installing your own sod, try buying direct from a grower at wholesale prices. There's no central national website for sod growers, but many regions have local associations.
Shopping for sod:
  • Draw a rough map of the area you want covered with lawn, showing all dimensions and obstacles. The sod seller should double-check your square footage calculations. For a complex, irregularly-shaped project an installer may need to visit the site before giving an estimate.
  • Check if the installer has any complaints on file at the Better Business Bureau[3] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Price of sod in Fresno County
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Fresno Ca. in Fresno, CA.Posted: May 8th, 2013 04:05AM
Sq Ft of Sod: 1000 sq ftInstaller:
The price of sod is much higher at lowes and home depot approximetly .37cents a sq ft and buying direct from the grower was 32 cents. this was for Fescue, Hibrid is much higher.
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New Sod
Amount: $197.00
Posted by: TCov ATL in Atlanta, GA.Posted: March 24th, 2012 05:03PM
Sq Ft of Sod: 110Installer:
Home Depot charges $1.79 sqft. No where near quoted price on this site.
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Price of Sod in Southern California
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Posted by: Cruzgardening in Pasadena, CA.Posted: October 4th, 2011 07:10PM
Sq Ft of Sod: over 30000sqftInstaller:
a home owner without a reseller license can not find sod lower then $.33/sq ft in the LA county area or any sorounding counties that sell sod, i have been in the business for over 20 years and the only time we get sod sold to us at $.20/square foot is when we buy over 10000 sq ft so you guys need to revisit your numbers for home owners thank you
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Bad Sod Sold To Me
Amount: $960.00
Posted by: Mikes Sod Works in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: April 1st, 2011 09:04PM
Sq Ft of Sod: 2500 sq ftInstaller: myself
I am a landscaper and I always bought sod from a reputable seller * Round Tree Sod* until they sold me diseased grass or sod that had been cut to thin, meaning the root median had been cut off. I installed it in a customers lawn not aware of the problem. It wasn't the freshest sod I usually got from them but like I said I didn't know any better. Well all six pallets died and I heard from other customers and several garden centers that they had sold sod that had been cut to short at the sod farm and to make a profit sold it anyway. The sod all died in less than a week. I took them pictures to show and asked that they might atleast replace some of the grass if not all. They wouldn't stand behind one piece, they said once you lay it it's your responsibility. So beware! If the sod doesn't look fresh and green and doesn't have 1 1/2" of soil under it don't buy it! Turn the order around you don't have to except it.
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No way 8 cents per sq. ft.!!!
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in Yuba, CA.Posted: February 7th, 2011 07:02PM
I have never seen 8 cents per sq.ft! Sod farms that would sell for that cheap, will go out of business very fast! FALSE!
Different states, and different counties have different price varieties, but all of them have overhead so the best way to find out the price is by calling to the sod farms, or distributors straight and get a quote. This article is not helpful!
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Sod Installation
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: jacklyn in Clermont, FL.Posted: November 9th, 2010 09:11AM
Sq Ft of Sod: 3000-3800 sq ftInstaller:
How much would it cost to install sod, st augustine for the square footage indicated...I'm in Florida.
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new lawm
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: victor tapia in chino, CA.Posted: August 15th, 2010 06:08PM
Sq Ft of Sod: 1000Installer: marathon 1
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Installed sod
Amount: $325.00
Posted by: Jenny Doel in Salem, CT.Posted: April 12th, 2010 04:04PM
Sq Ft of Sod: 1000Installer: Southeastern CT Landscaping
I purchased good sod through a local farm for $200 and prepped the area. South Eastern Connecticut Landscaping installed it for me. Still looks great after a year.

www.sectlandscaping.com
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purchase sod
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: Aul Pearson in Sandwich, IL.Posted: October 14th, 2009 11:10AM
Sq Ft of Sod: 200Installer: self
Need sod to fill in areas about new cement walks.
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Diseased Sod
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Unsatisfied Customer in Niceville, FL.Posted: March 15th, 2008 05:03AM
Sq Ft of Sod: 2800Installer: Navare Turf
Navare Turf sold me diseased sod and left me holding the bag. By the time I realised there was a fungus it was too late. All the grass died. I called them several times, they never returned my calls.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/TOOLS/TURF/SITEPREP/installsod.html
  2.  extension.unh.edu/resources/representation/Resource000516_Rep538.pdf
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