Turf Grass Sod Prices, Estimate,

Turf Grass Sod Prices

Turf Grass Sod prices per sq square ft foot near me, estimates, installation, pallet, roll, piece, yard, Home Depot, Lowes, Utah, Simply Beautiful Sod!!

The decision to sod or seed depends on how quickly you need a lawn. Seeding is initially cheaper, but it takes a long time to get to sod quality, and if soil erosion is an issue, or you don’t have time to wait. Some seed lawns can take one to two years before they become established, and in the meantime expenses rack up adding to the prices, they are very susceptible to damage, disease, pests, and failure. If you want to enjoy your new lawn as quickly as possible, sod is the only way to go price included.

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Turf Grass Sod prices per sq square ft foot near me, estimates, installation, pallet, roll

On This Page:

  1. What is Sod?
  2. Average Sod Prices
  3. Sod Pricing Factors
  4. Different Types of Sod Available in Utah
    • Kentucky Bluegrass
    • Fescue
  5. Prepping for Sod
  6. DIY or Hire a Pro?
  7. Conclusion

What Is Sod?

Sod, sometimes called turf, consists of 3/8″ to 3/4″ inches of soil and the matured grass growing on it. It is often sold by Square foot (Sq Ft), and comes in  rolls or slabs and is generally used for landscape beautification, where soil erosion would hamper the healthy growth of grass seed, or where a mature lawn is needed quickly for foot traffic or simply for aesthetics.images-13

Average Sod Prices

Sod prices depend largely on the species of grass you want as well as what’s available. The average retail sod prices starts around $1.00 per sq foot at big box retailers, with wholesale prices to homeowners spending $.50 -$.70 depending on species and quality direct from a turf farm.  Most sod doesn’t ship long distances very well. Sod is grown on sod farms and is sold by the square foot in Utah.

A single roll of sod covers normally about 10 square feet in a 2’x5′ roll. If bought by the pallet, the amount on the pallet normally covers 400 – 640 square feet depending on the quality of the sod.  Usually sod farms can put more sod on a pallet if the sod is of higher quality.  When you buy sod, make sure you understand the quantity by prices.  The description should tell you the total square footage that the entire purchase will cover.
If buying by the roll, take note of the dimensions. While sod is normally sold in 2’x5′ rolls, some suppliers cut rolls in different dimensions with some measuring 15″ wide and 30″ to 40″ long. If you go straight to a supplier, you can usually get your sod wholesale. However, they will probably have a minimum purchase requirement. If you’re only doing a small project, you may have to pay retail prices.
On average price, $.70 per square foot is what you should expect to pay for high quality sod. The average prices nationwide is difficult to calculate. There is no central location from which to get sod because it doesn’t ship very well over long distances. Some major companies are working to consolidate their services with local sod farms, however. The goal is to provide the customer with a reliable level of quality across all products required for sod, lawn, and lawn care products.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass
    • Economy Grade: $.50 per square foot
      • Regrown Sod
      • Tender When Harvesting
      • Soil Base of Clay
    • Midgrade: $.60 per square foot
      • Regrown with Overseed
      • Good Netting of Roots
      • Soil Base of Sand/Clay
    • High Grade: $.70 per square foot
      • Newly Planted each Year
      • Tight Net of Roots
      • Soil Base of Silt/Clay/Loam
  • Fescue
    • Economy Grade: $.50 per square foot
      • Regrown Sod
      • Tender When Harvesting
      • Soil Base of Clay
    • Midgrade: $.60 per square foot
      • Regrown with Overseed
      • Good Netting of Roots
      • Soil Base of Sand/Clay
    • High Grade: $.70 per square foot
      • Newly Planted each Year
      • Tight Net of Roots
      • Soil Base of Silt/Clay/Loam



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There are factors to consider when buying sod.

  • Price: Prices vary from state to state,  local sod is usually better adapted to your climate zone, buying as locally as possible is usually your best bet.
  • Grade: Economy grade sod is sometimes an inferior variation on mid- and high-grade sods and usually farms cannot guarantee grass varieties, use of newer developed varieties therefore it may not do as well in shade or may not be as tolerant to traffic, drought, pests and/or diseases.  Sod planted from new seeding every year tends to be higher quality product and cost more.
  • Pro vs. DIY: You can save money by preparing the yard yourself. Otherwise the contractor will charge extra. If you DIY, the rental or purchase of tools will add to your cost.
  • Wholesale vs. Retail: Buying your sod from a retailer will cost more than buying wholesale, but sod farms often have minimum purchase requirements. If you don’t need that much, maybe buy at the retail price.  Sod farms in Utah normally do not charge sales tax.
  • Delivery: Most times  you pay extra for sod delivery. Depending on the quantity ordered though, some suppliers offer free delivery on larger quantities.
  • Yard Shape: If your yard is not a standard shape, this requires special effort on the contractor’s part to install the sod and will cost more.

Different Types of Grass Sod

If the “grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”, it probably has to do with the type of grass your neighbor is using and the care given. Different grasses have different qualities from color to blade size and durability. Here are the more commonly purchased types of grass:

Kentucky Bluegrass (KB)

KB is a cool climate grass that does very well in the intermountain region. KB has many developed varieties.  Some interesting facts about KB include:

Fescue (Dwarf Turf Type)

Fescue is a cool climate grass that does very well in the intermountain region. Fescue contains many sub-types, 400 to 500 at one count.  Some interesting facts about Fescue include:

  • It’s found on every continent except Antarctica. It is commonly used as an ornamental and as turf grass. It can grow to heights of 10 to 200 centimeters (4 to 79 inches) depending on the type and is often found on golf courses in the rough. It is also often used in soil erosion control.
  • It’s most commonly used for lawns. It germinates quickly but can be slow to establish itself because it is a bunch type grass instead of growing rhyzomously. This makes it an excellent choice for keeping the lawn out of your flower beds. It does very well at high elevations and tolerates poor soil conditions. It is drought resistant but will go dormant in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It handles shade well and cold temperatures very well. However, it doesn’t recover well from heavy foot traffic.
  • Tall fescue does tolerate high foot traffic and can stay green all year round. Like fine fescue, it handles shade extremely well and is considered “low maintenance”. One of its best qualities is that clippings can be left on the lawn as they will serve as nutrients for the grass. Finally, fescue in general does well with wildflowers, existing alongside without taking over the bed.


Preparing Your Yard For Sod

You can save a bit of money, combining DIY with a contractor, by prepping your yard yourself and letting the contractor do the installation. While this may affect any guarantee they may offer on their work, it will save you on labor costs especially if there are shrubs, small trees, or other things that need to be removed. Difficult yards can cause labor costs go over $1,000. The first thing you need to do is determine how much sod you’ll need. Look for your basic yard shape and apply the proper formula:

  • Rectangle (including square): length x width
  • Circle: radius x radius x 3.14 (that old “pi r squared” formula). To find the radius, measure the diameter (the distance across) and divide by 2.
  • Triangle: base (the long side) x height (from the peak straight to the base) divided by 2.
  • Right Triangle (a triangle with one squared corner): base divided by 2 then multiplied by the height.
  • Freeform: Oddly-shaped lawns are harder to measure. Get their dimensions in as close to standard shapes as you can get. You might be able to get a rough square out of one part and a circle out of another. Calculate the area as you would for those shapes and add another 10% to the amount of sod you purchase to account for any special shaping you have to do.


Then you need to prepare the area for the sod. The steps are as follows:

  1. Remove the old grass (if any). Small plots can have this done cheaply through the use of a shovel. Larger areas are best handled with a sod-cutter, a powerful machine that cuts beneath your lawn, bringing it up in strips.
  2. Remove weeds. If you don’t, they will most likely use the sod as a handy food source and spring up through your new yard.
  3. Rototill your yard. Sod roots will not penetrate packed soil very well. The tilling depth should generally be between 4 and 6 inches. Break up any large clods that are left behind. If you’re only doing a small area, a hand tiller will be easier to use as a rototiller needs maneuvering room.
  4. Apply any fertilizers or composts. Work them in with a rake and then smooth the area. The prepared bed should slope away from buildings and other structures to keep drainage from pooling up against foundations.
  5. Water down the area 2-3 times before sodding. If any sunken areas or holes appear, fill them in and smooth them out. This way your sod can be laid down over a smooth surface.

DIY or Hire A Pro?

Installing your own sod is possible, but it is very time-consuming. Decisions will have to be made such as what kind of grass you want. Some does better in hotter climes while others may put up with shade or foot traffic better. You’ll also need to research suppliers to find a good, reputable source. Finally, installing sod requires certain tools that you will have to rent or purchase. Hiring a professional eliminates much of the leg-work and brain-work. It also reduces costs in some areas as you won’t have to buy or rent any tools or equipment. However, after labor and materials are added up, it can cost you twice as much, and you’ll still have to research contractors to make sure you’re hiring a good one. If you choose to install your own sod you will need the following:

  • Spade or shovel for sod removal = $10 – $20
  • Sod cutter may be useful for larger areas = $80/day to rent + $150 deposit = $230
  • Rototiller to loosen up dirt = $130 – $350 or rent $50/ half-day, $80/full day + $125 deposit = $175 – $205
  • Soil test kit = $12 – $15
  • Hand tamper to smooth the surface = $35
  • Sod-cutting knife = $4 – $20

Total: about $421 – $670

If you hire a professional be sure to follow these basic guidelines for screening:

  • Get three to five quotes, making sure they come out to see the job site before giving you a price.
  • Look at work they’ve done one or two years ago. Sod will usually look fantastic when it’s fresh. What’s key is seeing how well it’s lasted.
  • Get quotes for both a prepared and an unprepared yard.

Hiring a professional can cost twice what you’d pay if you did it yourself, but you also get the peace of mind of knowing the job was done right as well as the relaxation of not spending a day on the prep-work alone. If you’re pressed for time or just want a nice lawn quickly, the price is worth it!Hiring a professional usually includes the following:

  • Labor: $300-$500 depending on workload, job site, and seasonal labor rates.
    • Labor includes rototilling, grading, and the other aspects of yard preparation as well as installation.
  • Sod: Depending on grade, type, and quantity, $132 to $375 for 450 square feet. Remember that some contractors can get lower rates for having multiple projects going on, and that most contractors know who the good suppliers are.
    • Higher priced sod often has certain desirable characteristics such as high resistance to diseases and pests, the ability to handle heavy foot traffic, a denser, more drought resistant root system, or lower water and maintenance requirements.
  • Delivery of the sod if the contractor supplies it: This cost can vary according to many factors, the biggest being your location. Some suppliers can charge from $90 to $350 depending on how far out you are on their delivery zones.

Some sod suppliers also do preparation and installation. On average, for a 2,000 square foot yard you can expect to pay between $2,200 and $4,000. Note that some installers do not haul away the old lawn. Be sure to ask about this before agreeing to the job.


In Conclusion

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A seeded lawn has no great advantage over installed sod except for price and relatively low labor needed. The end result, in fact, is often better with an installed lawn as the lawn has been allowed to mature in controlled conditions, tended by professionals. A seeded lawn must wait sometimes for a year before it can be used while an installed lawn can be used in a matter of weeks. Sod establishes itself much faster and is less prone to erosion from rain and other weather effects. This is one case where quality is not sacrificed for convenience!

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