Cost to Install Sod

Updated: January 2015

Sod Installation Cost CalculatorZip Code
Square Feet*
ItemQuantityLow  High  
Sod Cost
Non-discounted retail cost for common, mid-grade lawn sod. Quantity includes typical waste overage, sufficient material for future repairs and delivery within 25 miles
1,068 square feet$317.40$478.80
Sod Labor
Direct labor expenses to install sod. Includes planning, job equipment and material acquisition, area preparation, setup and cleanup.
19.4 hours$558.72$1,464.84
Sod Job Materials and Supplies
Cost of supplies that may be required to install sod including: soil amendments and planting fertilizers.
1000 Square Feet$28.10$32.30
Sod Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: power rototiller, walk behind sod roller, landscaping rake, and wheel barrow(s)..

Totals - Cost to Install Sod - 1000 Square Feet $945.47$2,034.44
Average Cost Per Square Foot  $0.95$2.03

Looking for a fast, accurate estimate of the cost to Install Sod? This FREE online calculator uses the latest material costs, unit productivity rates and region specific wages to create instant, no-obligation estimates for your Sod Installation project. For a basic 1000 square feet project in zip code 47474, the cost to Install Sod averages $0.95 - $2.03 per square foot* - but costs in your area will vary. To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Location Enter the location is where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size Enter the number of "square feet" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.

NOTE: *Input the total of the finished surface area AND the area of any openings enclosed by the finished area.


Cost to Install Sod - Notes and General Information

Homewyse cost estimates are "ballpark" ranges for basic work performed in normal, serviceable conditions. The estimates should only be used for preliminary planning. Homewyse estimates are NOT substitutes for firm quotes from qualified vendors. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for an accurate assessment of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Sod Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Sod Installation jobs.

The cost estimate does not include:

  • Unless explicitly noted in the description of work, this Sod Installation estimate does NOT include costs for relocating, repairing, modifying or enhancing existing structural, HVAC, electrical, ventilation and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Sod Installation. Add 11% to 19% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Install Sod - References

Sod Installation - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the high end of the estimated price range for a licensed, bonded and insured contractor and for complex or rush projects. Hire carefully, only after verifying prior work quality.

For the best value on Sod Installation: combine related projects; get bids from several pros; and be flexible about project scheduling.

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