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What’s Included in The Quote?

Our sod installation service includes all labor and material costs,
as well as a 5-step process to ensure a beautiful, lush lawn:

1. Removal and disposal of existing grass/lawn using a professional-grade sod cutter.
2. Addition of nutrient-rich topsoil and careful leveling of the area.
3. Rolling of the prepared soil to ensure a smooth and level surface.
4. Installation of high-quality turf rolls (sod) and rolling once more for optimal contact between the soil and sod.
5. Careful watering of the new sod to promote root growth and establish a healthy lawn.

Trust our expert team to handle all aspects of your sod installation project, from start to finish!”

Sodding Cost Factors

rolling lawn after sod installation


Size of The Lawn

The bigger your yard is, the more sod you will need to purchase. Also, keep in mind that sodding cost is made up of the cost of the sod itself and the labour required to install it.

Type of Sod

Not all grass is created the same. The type of sod you choose will have a drastic impact on the quality of your lawn and the amount of money you can expect to pay. Some grass types are more drought resistant than others, less prone to disease, and have a higher foot traffic tolerance than other types. These types of grasses are more expensive than other choices.

Preparation Required

The successful installation of sod requires a good foundation, which is the condition of your soil. Having poor-quality soil will make it much harder for the sod to take root and establish, so preparing the soil is important. If there are a lot of weeds in your yard, a weed treatment will be necessary before the sod can be laid and will come at an additional cost.

Even after your best efforts to prepare your soil, there may be some obstacles that may create a challenge like trees, bushes or other landscape that need to be worked around when installing the sod. The presence of these obstacles will mean additional work for the sod installers, and therefore increase the cost of the project.

Location of The Property

Where you live will impact the cost of delivering sod to your location. The further away you live from the supplier, the higher the delivery cost will be.

Labour Cost

The labour cost is determined by the level of difficulty involved in installing your sod. So if the terrain in your yard makes it difficult to install sod and requires more labour, the cost will increase.

rolling soil before sod installation

The Average Cost of Sodding

Cost per Square Foot

In general, the cost of sod is anywhere from $0.75 to $2 per square foot. This only includes the cost of the sod itself. If you hire professionals to install the sod for you, the cost will increase to roughly $1.8 to $3.5 per square foot. This figure is inclusive of the sod, the labour and any other necessary equipment or materials needed for the installation process.

Using this estimate, the cost of installing sod for a 1000 sq. ft. yard will be around $2,900.00

DIY vs. Professional Sodding

Pros and Cons of Doing It Yourself

Pros:

Reduced cost – a significant portion of your sodding costs is the labour, so installing your own sod can help you eliminate this fee.

Cons:

Time-consuming – there’s more to installing sod than simply laying the turf over the soil. DIY sodding can take about two to three days to complete, and you won’t have the luxury of spacing out the work once you get started. Preparing the soil and sod installation needs to happen quickly in order to successfully establish a vibrant lawn. Physically demanding – installing new sod takes a lot of hard work. You’ll need to haul large amounts of soil around the area, spread it evenly across the site, add your fertilizer and lay the sod rolls correctly. Depending on the size of your yard, this can be physically exhausting. Equipment and materials required – installing sod requires the use of specialized equipment, including sod rollers, fertilizer spreaders, tillers and other tools. This is not the type of equipment most homeowners readily have available in their sheds. Therefore, you would need to rent them which will come at a cost. It’s important that you learn how to use them properly.

Advantages of Hiring a Professional 

Sodding is not as straightforward as it seems. There are some decisions that need to be made as the process unfolds and having a professional team greatly enhances your chances of achieving the best results. Professional sod installers have the knowledge and equipment needed for successful lawn installation. Their expertise in landscaping will come in handy, particularly when you encounter challenges along the way. Sod is expensive, and you want to make sure that your lawn has the best chance of success.

Professional lawn care provides the most surety of a well-established lawn. Hiring a professional crew can help you do this. Another advantage of hiring professionals is that they already have the necessary equipment and materials at their disposal. Additionally, in many cases, professional sod installers offer a warranty, so you’ll know that your investment is protected.

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Maintenance and Care Tips

Watering and Fertilization Needs 

Watering is a critical part of lawn maintenance. Once the sod is installed, you will need to water your lawn several times a day for the first three weeks. This is necessary for your new grass to take root and establish. The number of times you water each day will depend on the weather. If it rains, you can reduce the number of watering sessions per day. How often you water your lawn will also depend on the type of soil you have.

Your new sod also needs to be mowed frequently. We recommend that the first mowing is done within seven days of installation. Another measure is fertilizing your sod. A fertilizer should be applied to new sod about five weeks after installation. This will give roots the nourishment they need to develop healthy root systems. The type of soil and sod you have will determine the type of fertilizer you should use.

after sodding installation watering grass

Benefits of Sodding

Instant Gratification of A Lush Lawn

One of the top selling points for sod is that you do not have to wait months for your lawn to establish and thrive. Sodding gives you an instant lawn. As soon as the turf is laid, you have an instant lawn. The process of installing the sod is relatively quick and homeowners can enjoy their lawn right away. Typically, grass seed begins to grow in about 10 to 14 days but may take up to 30 days.

Reduced Soil Erosion

For grass seed to grow, you will need to water your seed several times a day to give it enough water for germination and growth. All this watering on bare soil can cause soil erosion. Since sod is installed with the top soil and root system attached to the turf, the chances of soil erosion are greatly reduced.

Enhanced Curb Appeal

Many homeowners look forward to having a healthy lawn that looks great. Sod lawn creates a thicker and denser lawn than seed grass. This is because not all the seeds will germinate, creating gaps in the lawn. Sod is grown in an ideal environment that promotes the growth of healthy grass. Therefore, making your sod lawn look lush and healthier than a lawn established through seeding.
 

Reduced Weed Growth

Since sod grass is protected against weeds when it germinates and sprouts, there is a lower chance of weeds growing in your sod. Planting grass seeds and watering them to establish your lawn provides ample opportunity for weeds to germinate and grow along with your grass seed. In addition, when sod turf is placed directly over prepared soil that contains weed seeds, the sod will outcompete the weed seeds.