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Old 07-06-2013, 06:16 PM
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Getting prices to have front yard sodded. Never sodded before.
Prefer centipede grass. Will require approx 33 pallets.
Yard is pretty flat with a couple of trees. May require very minor gradework.
I am getting quotes around $125/pallet. Total is approx $4200

This sound about right?
Old 07-06-2013, 06:30 PM
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That sounds about right for St.Augustine in S. Fl.
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If that is material and labor I would jump on it. Sounds like it is one or the other. I would rethink centipede. It has a very specific maintenance program the differs from other grasses. I would do zoysia. Full sun?
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Price is about right I would think. I paid 100/pallet 15 years ago for St. Augustine. Didn't need anywhere close to that many pallets. You've got a big front yard, hope you've got some help puttin all that down. Do you have a sprinker system to keep it alive? Not that you'd need it right now with all the rain we've been gettin...
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Anywhere from $125 (absolute best deal) up to $185 per 500 sq ft pallet laid in my area. Ask them where they get their sod from and do a little research. May save some headache later. Good luck.
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Around Tampa, St Augustine is around $125 - 140 per 500 sq ft for the cost of the sod then a couple hundred more for prep, delivery and install. About the cheapest I find it is .60 per sq ft for cost plus install.
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Sounds right for the sod. It was additional to have it installed.

x2 on the zoysia.
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Thanks. This price does include installation. My front yard is approx 1/3 acre. Entire lot is 1.25 acres. Not sodding back yard. Sprinkler system for front yard is approx $3000. I am going to put in a well also. That will be another $3000.
All of this is adding up pretty quick! Thanks for the feedback guys.
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Originally Posted by Ray Zor View Post
Thanks. This price does include installation. My front yard is approx 1/3 acre. Entire lot is 1.25 acres. Not sodding back yard. Sprinkler system for front yard is approx $3000. I am going to put in a well also. That will be another $3000.
All of this is adding up pretty quick! Thanks for the feedback guys.
May wanna shop the irrigation as well. I have almost half an acre with a 3500 sq ft house and my irrigation was just under 2k installed (sod and plants/trees). That does not include well/pump.
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Originally Posted by paragod689 View Post
May wanna shop the irrigation as well. I have almost half an acre with a 3500 sq ft house and my irrigation was just under 2k installed (sod and plants/trees). That does not include well/pump.
Thanks. I will shop irrigation. I want the same company to do it all and bundling this may help me negotiate.
You only paid $2k for irrigation, sod, plants and trees?? Or was this irrigation ONLY?
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That was just irrigation without well/pump. I meant it irrigates both my lawn and trees/plants.
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Irrigation is roughly $350-$450/zone......this will at least get you close.

If you can get sod installed for $125/Pallet jump on it.........that's a material price only in SC. Zoysia is not terribly easy to maintain ( I have it) so research what you buy.
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Interesting.
Out here in So California, I just bought 4000 sq ft. of sod for .44 cents a sq ft.
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Originally Posted by westbootie View Post
Interesting.
Out here in So California, I just bought 4000 sq ft. of sod for .44 cents a sq ft.
I assume this included installation? This would be about $180/pallet. What kind of grass?
As far as I can tell, a pallet of sod is approx 450 sf. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
Sounds like $125 a pallet is not bad at all.

Thanks for the feedback.
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I paid $125/pallet for it (St. Augustine) delivered to the house. It cost me another $500 to have it installed. They did my entire yard .80 acre in less than two hours.
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I paid $125/pallet for it (St. Augustine) delivered to the house. It cost me another $500 to have it installed. They did my entire yard .80 acre in less than two hours.
That's quite a bit of sod. How many pallets?
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Look at rolled sod instead of pieces. They can roll a yard very quickly, and prep grading is a definite Must if you want everything to lay down flat.

One thing, Ray. Visit the sod farm before you commit to an order. After Ivan (and/or Katrina) my neighbor and I both had to re-sod our back yards facing the bay.

Wherever he got his sod from contained a Lot of weeds, and it was thin. Within a year his lawn looked like hell.

If a large, open front lawn needs water, consider broadcast sprinklers instead of the pop-up kind. Pop-ups don't spread water very far, and require cleaning if there's any rain run-off during heavy rains.

Centipede isn't so bad, but it does not like to be driven on or even walked on. If you have a lot of sun and a lot of water, consider Bermuda. Cheap and pretty, and chokes out most weeds. Bad news is that it need fertilizer, water and mowing pretty often.
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My neighbor paid $175 a pallet (38) for his front yard two months ago. They had a sewer line redone and the yard was a real mess. The 175 included two inches of top soil graded and compacted. It looks great but his water bill is going to be freaking sky high!!!!
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Originally Posted by Ray Zor View Post
I assume this included installation? This would be about $180/pallet. What kind of grass?
As far as I can tell, a pallet of sod is approx 450 sf. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
Sounds like $125 a pallet is not bad at all.

Thanks for the feedback.
No. I had to lay it. Free delivery though.

It was Fescue with 10% bluegrass.

And now that I think about it, a pallet was about 400 sq feet.

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