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Bermuda Sod Cost Guide

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To achieve the look of a full, lush and green lawn in a matter of days, installing Bermuda sod is often the best option. The alternative, which involves planting seeds in the ground, simply takes too long for homeowners who want an attractive yard as quickly as possible. Thankfully, sod is a relatively simple option to get a gorgeous lawn in less time.  

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Table of Contents

  1. Bermuda Sod Prices
  2. Bermuda Sod Prices Vs. Other Sod Types
  3. Bermuda Sod Cost Factors
  4. Benefits Of Bermuda Sod
  5. Drawbacks Of Bermuda Sod
  6. Bermuda Sod Vs. Lawn Seeding
  7. Bermuda Sod Vs. Lawn Turf
  8. Bermuda Sod Types
  9. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  10. Prepare Yard For Sod
  11. Find A Landscaping Pro

Bermuda Sod Prices

Bermuda sod costs, like any sod or landscaping feature, are divided in two parts: materials and installation. Fortunately, whether you’re installing sod on your own or hiring a pro, the table below should clear any sod price questions you may have.

 

Minimum Price

Maximum Price

Bermuda Sod Material Costs

$0.35/sf

$0.75/sf

Bermuda Sod Installation Cost

$0.15/sf

$0.50/sf

Total Cost

$0.50/sf

$1.25/sf

Bermuda Sod Material Costs

On average, Bermuda sod costs anywhere from $0.35 to $0.75/sf. However, it’s incredibly rare that a person can purchase just a few square feet of sod at a time. Generally, it’s sold on a large wooden pallet, and the homeowner decides how many pallets they would like in advance. Pallet costs range from $125 to $300 per pallet, but the price can fluctuate based on the type of sod you’re purchasing. Sod pallets cover between 400sf and 500sf. 

Keep in mind that some companies charge additional fees for loading the heavy pallets onto the buyer's vehicle or delivering the pallets to a specific property. 

Bermuda Sod Installation Costs

Once the Bermuda sod has been delivered to your yard, homeowners have the choice of laying it themselves or hiring professionals. While installing sod requires minimal expertise and skill, it is a labor-intensive task that can take hours just for a few hundred square feet of sod.

Generally, sod installation costs are determined by the square footage that needs to be covered. A low estimate in a rural area might come to $15 for 100 square feet of Bermuda sod, but it could cost closer to $50 in more expensive areas or for higher-quality work. Whether homeowners or professionals install Bermuda sod, it will need to be watered regularly over the following 72 hours.

Costs for this popular sod type may seem high, but many homeowners agree that the investment is worth the luxurious and attractive lawn you receive.

Bermuda Sod Cost Factors

Bermuda Sod Prices Vs. Other Sod Types

While Bermuda sod is prominent across the country, there are other types of sod available. As you’ll soon see, the material costs do not vary too much and each type brings its own advantages and disadvantages. Nonetheless, if you’re deciding on price alone, please see the sod material costs below:

 

Minimum Price

Maximum Price

St. Augustine Sod

$0.20/sf

$0.50/sf

Fescue Sod

$0.33/sf

$0.66/sf

Bermuda Sod

$0.35/sf

$0.75/sf

Zoysia Sod

$0.40/sf

$0.59/sf

Bermuda Sod Cost Factors

Bermuda sod prices almost always fall within the range above. However, there are of course ways to ensure your overall Bermuda sod cost falls on the lower end. Keep all following cost factors in mind the next time start a sod project.

  • Location: Try to buy sod locally. The less distance the sod has to travel, the less expensive it’s going to be. In other words, there is a delivery cost as well.
  • Grade: There are different grades of sod, all coming in at different price points. Economy grade sods cost less, but do not last as long as high-grade sods.
  • DIY or Hire A Pro: The sod installation cost above assumes you’re hiring a professional landscaper to do the job. You’ll save cash by installing Bermuda sod yourself, but just know, you’ll probably have to pay to rent necessary sod installation tools.
  • Sod Manufacturer: We like to purchase home goods from local stores such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. However, retail prices are not always the best in town. Before you go local, search for sod wholesalers near your town. Their prices should be lower.
  • Yard Design: Perfect squares or rectangles make it easy to lay sod. Yards with odd shapes or designs require more finesse. As you might expect, sod installation on these types of yards cost more than the former.

Benefits Of Bermuda Sod

Benefits Of Bermuda Sod

There are numerous types of sod on the market, but Bermuda sod is one of the most popular choices for a lush lawn. Used extensively in golf courses and sporting fields, Bermuda sod has a very traditional look that can withstand a range of weather conditions. This makes it especially practical for lawns in warmer climates or those destinations that endure long, hot and dry summers. A few more advantages of Bermuda sod include: 

  • Grows quickly
  • Low to medium cost
  • Damage is repaired quickly
  • Durable and resilient
  • Suitable for cold winters as well as hot summers

Drawbacks Of Bermuda Sod

While Bermuda sod might sound like the perfect option for landscaping, it’s important to keep in mind that it also brings with it some drawbacks: 

  • Growing quickly can be seen as an advantage, but it also necessitates more maintenance in the form of mowing or re-sodding.
  • In areas where grass shouldn't grow, such as vegetable gardens or walking paths, it may be necessary to weed out stray Bermuda grass that finds a home in the fertile soil.
  • In addition, Bermuda grass tends to turn brown when the temperatures dip in the fall, and it can also turn brown when in a completely shaded area.
  • Brown grass will stay dormant until temperatures rise again, which is when the grass will once again turn green and lush after watering.
  • Bermuda sod is a bit more expensive than other sod varieties.

Benefits Of Using Bermuda Sod Vs. Lawn Seeding

Bermuda Sod Vs. Lawn Seeding

Essentially, there are four major ways to create a grassy space on a piece of property. Homeowners can plant seeds, sprigs, plugs or sod.

Without question, the most effective option is to lay down sod. Sod looks like squares of carpet, with the top being covered in mature green grass and the underneath a combination of live roots and soil. The squares are placed directly on the ground and watered. Over time, the roots will extend into the dirt below and become a natural addition to the landscape. 

Seeding, on the other hand, can take substantially more effort and time, in terms of installation and maintenance. While there is no guarantee that the end result will be a lush and attractive yard (unlike sod), installing seeds are less expensive.

Bermuda Sod Vs. Lawn Turf

Another prominent option for yards is turf. Some homeowners don’t like the feel of natural grass and want to install a material and never worry about it again. If this sounds familiar, you should consider artificial grass and turf.

Artificial grass is made out of a synthetic material and is used in place of traditional, natural grass. The artificial material looks and feels similar to real grass, yet requires very little maintenance once installed. All you really need to do is to ensure that harmful or damaging chemicals are not used on the synthetic materials. The rest of the yard will take care of itself. Artificial grass and turf gives homeowners the lush, green yard they’ve always wanted without all of the tedious work that comes along with it. 

Sadly, you’re going to pay for this low-maintenance option. The average cost to install turf is $4,200, which is double the cost of installing sod or seeds.

Benefits Of Using Bermuda Sod Vs. Lawn Turf

Bermuda Sod Types

Although Bermuda grass is often thought of as a single varietal, the reality is that the term can refer to a variety of different types of grass:

  • Common Bermuda grass, as the name suggests, is the most common in residential yards and is also the least expensive. In temperate climates, this is often the best choice and the most economical.
  • Those who are willing to spend a little more for a less-coarse grass with a richer green color might prefer Mohawk Bermuda grass or Wrangler Bermuda grass.
  • In colder climates where it’s not uncommon for summer temperatures to dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night, Yukon Bermuda grass is a hardier option that helps provide the lush green look for a little longer than more common varietals.
  • Sahara Bermuda grass is a fantastic option for larger fields that get a lot of foot traffic as well as frequent summer drought as they require slightly less watering than other types of Bermuda grass. Sahara is often found in golf courses and baseball fields.

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

Like most landscaping projects, many homeowners find it relaxing getting their hands dirty and enjoying the backyard. Furthermore, since installing sod poses no significant danger, many homeowners install sod on their own. It’s essentially no harder to install sod than it is to install new grass, plants or flowers. 

While DIY sod installation is cheaper than hiring a pro, you should still consider the following sod installation costs (thank you HomeAdvisor).

  • Shovel: $10 - $20
  • Sod Cutter: $80/day to rent + $150 deposit = $230
  • Rototiller: $130 - $350 or rent $50/half-day, $80/full day + $125 deposit
  • Soil Test Kit: $12 - $15
  • Hand Tamper: $35
  • Sod-Cutting Knife: $4 - $20

Nevertheless, other homeowners like the peace of mind knowing their sod installation project will go off without a hitch. If you’d like to ensure a lush, green lawn for years to come, we highly recommend you contact local sod installation companies.

Bermuda Sod Types

Prepare Yard For Sod

If you’d like to save some cash, but are not ready for full DIY project, you can handle the yard prep and save some serious cash. To ensure your yard is ready for any sod installation or replacement project, consider the following tasks:

  1. Remove Old Grass: Use the shovel or sod cutter to get rid of old sod. If this is a brand new yard, skip this step.
  2. Remove Weeds: Time to get your hands dirty. If you don’t, the weeds can ruin your yard.
  3. Rototill Yard: Sod does not connect to your soil after just placing it on top. You have to turn up and loosen the soil. That is what rototill does. If you’re installing a small patch of sod, you can get away with a hand tiller.
  4. Add Fertilizer: Composts help the sod stay firm and strong.
  5. Water Area: You should water down the area 2-3 times before sodding.

Of course, if you’d like to take on the entire project, see how to install sod.

Find A Landscaping Pro

New sod provides the luscious green yards we all want, with half the wait of seeding. If you’re ready to upgrade your yard and worry less about lawn maintenance, let us help you find a sod installation company in your town!

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Last updated on Mar 1, 2017

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