How Much Does Sod Cost?
Sod is real grass but can be purchased in pre-grown squares or rolls. It is a fairly straight-forward do it yourself project but hiring a professional using means greater precision in laying sod, as they used specialized machines to reduce seams and make installation more efficient.
- Sod prices for a do-it-yourself project are anywhere from 10 cents to 30 cents per square foot for sod by the roll, depending on the quality of the product.
- On average, a 2 foot by 2 foot square will cost you about $1.
- If you’re hiring professionals, expect to pay somewhere around $1.00 per square foot for sod installation.
- You may have to pay a landscaper additional labor charges to do any sort of prep work, including removing trees and bushes and their root systems. This will cost approximately $30-$50 per hour.
- Laying down new sod yourself will incur other costs besides just the sod. You’ll have to rent a rotor tiller if you don’t have one ($60 to $100 per day), a lawn roller (buy one for $125 or rent it for $10 to $15 a day), mulch (plan on $100 to $150 for an average-sized yard) and gypsum fertilizer (you’ll need about 40 lbs for a 1,000 square foot lawn, roughly $100).
- Sod installation cost will be more for difficult conditions such as a steep slope or tight quarters where maneuvering is difficult and sod has to be carefully fitted.
- Purchasing “over seed” will add about 2-3 cents per square foot to the cost of sod. Over seed is typically perennial rye and its purpose is to protect dormant grass from the elements until it sprouts, at which point the rye dies off.
- If you’re thinking about laying your own grass sod, have a look at this instructional video. Likewise, you can see this animated step by step guide.
- You can save on sod costs by ordering product directly if you are planning on installing the sod yourself. However, if you do hire a landscaping company to do the job they will probably provide the cost of the sod in their bid. Note: make preparations to have the sod installed as soon as it arrives. Otherwise it could dry out.
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