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Lawn Replacement Cost Guide

Homeowners interested in lawn replacement should understand that price can vary depending on factors such as the size of the lawn, the type of materials used and the quality of the work completed. For basic lawn replacement of a 1,000 square foot yard, the total cost of lawn replacement would be between $926 and $1,427, which includes $198 to $311 worth of materials and $728 to $1,116 worth of labor. For a better quality lawn replacement of the same yard, the total cost of lawn replacement would be between $1,221 and $1,670, which includes $295 to $423 worth of materials and $926 to $1,246 worth of labor. For the most advanced lawn replacement of the same yard, the total cost of lawn replacement would be between $1,446 and $1,897, which includes $407 to $520 worth of materials and $1,039 to $1,377 worth of labor.

The Costs

  • Minimum Cost: $1.08 per square foot
  • Maximum Cost: $1.75 per square foot

What is Included in the Price of Lawn Replacement?

The price estimates above include the cost of removing the existing lawn, preparing the soil and placing the new sod. They include the cost of transporting all workers and their materials both to and from the job site as well as removing the existing lawn from the site so that the new lawn can be placed. They also include the cost of rototilling and compacting the soil to prepare the ground to accept the new lawn. 

However, the costs above do not include those costs which are not typical to the lawn replacement process, such as any costs incurred by excavation, demolition or the modification of irrigation systems. If a homeowner needs to have additional prep work, such as the removal of existing landscaping, before the workers can begin, the he or she will have to pay extra for the service. 

What Lawn Replacement Options are Available to Homeowners?

Homeowners generally choose sod for their lawn replacements because it grows in quicker and easier than grass grown from seeds. However, homeowners still have a wide variety of types of sod to choose from, depending on which part of the country that they live in. The following are four common types of sod.

  • Bahia: Type of sod that grows well in Florida because it is resistant to bugs, droughts and disease. It is very thick and needs little water. 
  • St. Augustine: A very popular option in Southern States. It grows well in sunny and warm areas, and it does not handle cold weather.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass: Grows well in cool, shady conditions like those found in the Northern States. 
  • Tall Fescue: A low maintenance sod that handles high traffic well. It is usually mixed with other types of grass to compensate for the fact that it grows in bunches, but it is a common choice for sports fields. 

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Lawn Replacement?

The biggest advantage of lawn replacement is that it provides homeowners with a gorgeous green lawn without all of the time and work it takes to grow a new lawn from seeds. The biggest disadvantage, however, is the cost. Additionally, homeowners in some areas of the country, including the Southwest, may prefer desert plants instead of grass because they require less water, less maintenance and no mowing.

What Factors Affect the Price of Lawn Replacement?

Companies that have years of experience and a reputation for excellence will often charge more for their services than brand new companies that are just starting out. While new companies may have experienced professionals who are very capable of doing an excellent job laying sod, quality work should never be sacrificed for price. 

Not all lawn replacement materials are the same. Sod is more expensive than grass seeds, but it grows in much faster. Additionally, not all types of sod are of equal quality. Homeowners will pay more for quality sod, but the extra expense is always worth it for sod that is in good condition and free of weeds and disease. Top quality sod is more expensive, but it often has a thicker root system. If the soil under the lawn that needs to be replaced is hard and compact or full of rocks or roots, homeowners may pay a higher price to have the soil prepared before the new lawn can be placed. This will ensure that the new lawn will have good, healthy soil to grow in. 

The price of lawn replacement also varies widely based on the part of the country the job site is located in. Areas that have a higher cost of living generally charge more than areas with a lower cost of living. While there is little that can be done to change this fact, homeowners should understand that the prices they read online may not actually be available in their area. The price can also vary based on the time of the year. Companies that are slower in the late fall and winter may lower their prices to attract more customers. However, homeowners should always consider which time of the year provides the right growing conditions for their lawn before they consider the price. 

How Can Homeowners Save Money on Lawn Replacement?

The easiest homeowners can save money on their lawn replacement is to call around to different companies to ask for quotes. Prices can vary widely even within the same city because different companies have different overheads. Homeowners can also choose a new company, a cheaper variety of sod and a less expensive time of year to complete their lawn replacement project.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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