How Much Does Sod Installation Cost?

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How Much Does Sod Installation Cost?

Installing sod in your yard can provide an instantly beautiful lawn that enhances your home and landscaping. The size, condition and terrain of your yard can affect the price of sod installation; considering the features of your yard can help you plan and budget for the project.


Cost to Install Sod

The price guide below provides average national and local prices for sod installation.


Installing Sod at Homes and Businesses

The size and characteristics of lawns at single-family homes often vary from those at apartment and business buildings, affecting the ease with which sod can be installed. Installations at homes cost about $513, while jobs on the grounds of apartment buildings may cost $702, and prices for laying sod at commercial properties average $918.


Sod Location

The accessibility of the location for your new sod can influence the pricing of your project. Installing sod in front yards averages $482, while backyards-- which are often harder to reach for the delivery of equipment and materials-- may cost $617. Variations in the size, plantings, topography, and hardscape between front and back yards may also affect the time and materials needed for the job.


Yard Size

The overall size of the installation area will affect the price of your project. Though larger areas require more material and handling to place sod, it may be more efficient to use machinery in these applications, making for a faster installation. Laying sod in an area that is 1,000 square feet or less costs about $571 across the country, while average prices increase with yard size. You can expect to pay about $889 for a 1,000-2,000 square foot installation, $1203 for 2,000-3,000 square feet, $1572 for 3,000-4,000 square feet, and $1846 for 4,000-5,000 square feet. Your contractor can determine what methods and equipment are appropriate for your job and whether pricing per square foot will be affected by the overall size of the lot.


Preparation of Installation Site

The condition of your yard and existing lawn determine what degree of preparation is required before your contractor can install sod. If preparation is complete, the installation may cost $624, while having to perform prep work may increase project costs to $837. Consult with your contractor about what work will be needed to prepare your site and how it will affect the cost of your project and the success of your sod installation.


Irrigation System

An irrigation system can help ensure successful transplanting of your sod and provide efficient watering for long-term maintenance. If irrigation is already in place in your yard, your contractor can lay sod over the existing system for an average price of $847. If you choose to incorporate a system to irrigate your new sod lawn, prices may reach $1236. Discuss with your contractor how to plan and coordinate an irrigation installation with your sod project, and if he can complete the entire job or recommend another professional to handle irrigation.


Source of Materials

Landscape contractors typically install sod materials and other plantings from suppliers they have established relationships with. Quality, accessibility, service, and price influence your contractor’s choice of suppliers, and he may select materials he is experienced with or has particular confidence in. When sod materials are provided by your contractor, you can expect to pay $1234 for installation, compared to $617 for a job in which materials are purchased separately. Be sure to evaluate whether any savings you make by purchasing your own sod are offset by added installation costs or inconvenience with the ordering and delivery of materials.


Planning for Your Sod Installation

installing sod is a fast and effective way to establish or improve any lawn. Careful planning with your contractor can help you anticipate the expense of the project as you consider the features of your yard and the variables of your project.

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