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Sod Installation Cost and Price Guide

If you want to have an attractive lawn without waiting months for it to grow, the best option is often to install sod. Essentially squares of grass with the roots attached, sod can be delivered right to your property and then installed exactly where you want it. Read on to find out more about the costs associated with sod installation and ways that you could save money.

National Install Sod Costs

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National Install Sod Costs
Average reported cost $1,648
Number of Cost Profiles 4895 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $100
Maximum reported cost $4,077
Most homeowners spent between: $1,140 to $1,791

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Average Costs of Professional Sod Installation

While the cost of having sod professionally installed outside of your home depends on the terrain, the size of the area you want covered, your geographic location and the quality of sod, having a rough estimate may give you confidence when finding the right professionals for the job. On average, expect to pay between $2,050 and $2,745 to have sod purchased, delivered and installed in your yard or garden.

Paying for Sod Installation

If you have determined that professional sod installation is the best route for your property, be sure to fully understand how you will be charged. Some sellers charge by the square foot, and others charge by the actual tile of grass. Costs might include installation, and other times it may be an additional expense. Because sod is so heavy, delivering the material can also be a significant expense depending on where you live in relation to where the grass is from.

Additional Factors Worth Considering

Other factors that could influence the cost of sod installation include the type of sod you choose and whether your lawn is on a hill or rocky area. Paying for additional seeding over the new sod can help create a more cohesive look in the months to come.

Saving Money Through DIY Sod Installation

Because installing sod is a big job that requires a substantial amount of physical labor, opting to install it on your own can be a smart way to save money. You may need a few tools to help compact the grass, but most of the work can be done with your own two hands. However, it is important to understand that installing sod is hard, strenuous work, and only fit individuals should undertake bigger projects.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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