St Augustine Sod Costs
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Grass does not live forever and oftentimes, has to be replaced. If you live in a warmer climate, St. Augustine sod is a perfect solution. It’s a hardy type of sod that can last for years with proper maintenance.
Before choosing this very popular type of sod, be sure to review the average St. Augustine sod prices below. Once ready to install, let ImproveNet connect you with up to four local landscapers for free.
Table of Contents
- St. Augustine Sod Costs
- St. Augustine Sod Cost Factors
- Types Of St. Augustine Sod
- Sod Price Comparison
- Advantages Of St. Augustine Sod
- Disadvantages Of St. Augustine Sod
- Sodding Vs. Seeding
- DIY Or Hire A Pro?
- Find A Pro
St. Augustine Sod Costs
- Bitter Blue, Classic St. Augustine and Sod Seville: $130 for 400 to 500 square feet
- Raleigh Sod: $125 for 450 square feet
- AmeriShade Sod: $225 for 450 square feet
- How Much Will One Pallet of Sod Cover: 400 to 500 square feet of space
As you can see above, the average St. Augustine sod price does not vary too much no matter what type of sod you choose. Perhaps more important than the type is how much sod you need to cover your yard. Most companies selling St. Augustine sod usually offer the grass in pallets. These pallets typically cover 400 to 500 square feet of space, though some homeowners might find 450 square pallets available. Before purchasing the sod, measure the overall size of your lawns and add several square feet to compensate for unique angles or odd shapes in the lawn.
St. Augustine Sod Cost Factors
While the type and area to cover are the two most relevant factors to determine the final St. Augustine sod price, there are other elements at play that can increase or decrease the cost.
Note that these factors apply to any type of sod, not just St. Augustine.
Type of Sod
While sod prices do not vary too much, not all sod is priced the same. You will see all sod prices below, but overall, the range is between $0.30 and $0.67 per square foot.
Size of Landscape
Simply put, the larger the square footage, the more sod you will need and the more labor will be involved to lay it. In addition to purchasing the actual sod, most homeowners hire professional landscapers to install it. Their labor cost is strictly based on the size of your landscape. So, as you can see, the size of your yard affects the material and labor cost.
Just like a roof, a steep yard is harder to work with than flat land. Oftentimes, pros and homeowners use special equipment to install St. Augustine sod. Sadly, that equipment is not easy to use on sloped land. Oftentimes, as an alternative, most install by hand. To no surprise, adding time to the overall project brings with it additional costs.
More often that not, our yards are not perfect squares. When mowing, we have to work around patios, trees, tree stumps, rocks, flowers and other beautiful elements in our backyard. These obstacles make it more difficult to install sod and as such, will increase the total St. Augustine sod cost.
Types Of St. Augustine Sod
St. Augustine sod, like many other types of sod, is a name that actually includes a host of other varieties. Homeowners should always take the time to look at the different options and select one with the right color and texture for your needs.
Bitter Blue is one version of St. Augustine. It has thicker blades located closer together and a darker green color than other varieties.
Floratine gets its name from the fact that researchers in Florida developed the strand after an insect infestation swept across the state. It has a thicker texture and can withstand several different types of bugs.
Some homeowners might prefer the Floralawn variety, which researchers bred for areas with harsher and drier climates. It does well in areas that receive little rainfall throughout the year.
Floratam is similar to the other varieties, but it thrives in warmer and wetter climates, including parts of southern California and Florida.
Those looking for something with a richer color might appreciate the Sapphire variety, which has a slightly blue color.
Seville, Jade or AmeriShade
If you are looking for a very short grass, Seville or Jade is the way to go. Both are part of a dwarf variety that was developed for shorter stems and therefore, a finer texture with the smaller blades and St. Augustine decline resistance. It is not cold hardy.
If you really prefer sod to grass and live in a colder climate, go for Delmar. It works best in cold environments or in the shade.
Raleigh & Palmetto
It is also helpful to look at varieties created for specific states and climates, including Palmetto and Raleigh. Raleigh St. Augustine thrives in parts of North Carolina while Palmetto does well in Texas.
Sod Price Comparison
Now that you know St. Augustine sod types and some of their costs, you have to determine if St. Augustine is right for you. As such, you need to compare and contrast the advantages and costs to other prominent types of sod on the market.
Type of Sod
Low Cost Per Square Foot
High Cost Per Square Foot
Benefits of Bermuda Sod
- Grows quickly
- Damage is repaired quickly
- Durable and resilient
- Suitable for cold winters as well as hot summers
Benefits of Fescue Sod
- Durable, even with a lot of foot traffic
- Can last in cold weather
- Less expensive
- Produces more oxygen
Benefits of Zoysia Sod
- Low maintenance
- Drought tolerance
- Vibrant color
- Eco-friendly option
- Conservation of soil
Advantages Of St. Augustine Sod
Now, lets focus on the star of the show. St. Augustine is a hearty type of grass that grows and thrives in warmer climates. Those willing to take the time to care for their lawns and mow and water the grass will find that it can survive for years. The grass requires watering several times a week and no more than once every two days, making it easy for homeowners to care for the grass. The sod also comes in a number of different types and varieties, letting shoppers find a grass that will thrive where they live.
Though St. Augustine will not grow in cooler climates, including the Midwest and Northeast, it does do well on the West Coast and in the South. Researchers developed several different varieties to withstand dangers facing a particular area. North Carolina residents can find grasses that grow in the warmer climate while Florida residents can find grasses that withstand the threat of specific insects. The color of the grass ranges from a rich and lush tropical or emerald green to a bold and vibrant blue-green shade.
Disadvantages Of St. Augustine Sod
St. Augustine sod comes in several different varieties, each with their own color and consistency. As a tropical grass, it can only grow in areas with a large amount of sunlight and high temperatures throughout the year. Best suited for Florida, California, Texas and other Southern states, it doesn't fare well in the Midwest and other cooler climates. The grass will die when exposed to temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a poor choice for many homes. Homeowners will also find that they need to water the grass right after installation and several times throughout the week, but prolonged and extensive watering will kill the grass.
Though St. Augustine sod looks great thanks to its lush and tropical appearance, it isn't a good choice for high-traffic areas. The grass does best in areas with low to moderate amounts of traffic. Those who add the grass around a swimming pool or in a lawn where they frequently entertain and host guests will find that the grass cannot keep up with the use.
Homeowners should also know that this type of sod tends to spread diseases and insects to other areas of the lawn as it disperses. The grass has a low root system that lets the grass spread. Homeowners will need to kill the root system or hire a landscaping team to take care of the problem. However, those who maintain their lawns and frequently mow or use pesticides can keep the grass in check. Though using too much pesticide can kill the sod, homeowners must use a small amount to take care of the insects and pests growing and living in the grass.
Sodding Vs. Seeding
Of course, installing sod is the most effective way to lay new grass or repair large patches of damaged grass. It gives anyone the instant lawn we are all so eager to enjoy. You don’t have to worry about weeds and as you can see above, you have plenty of options in terms of choice.
Nonetheless, unlike seeding, you will have a higher initial cost and are somewhat limited if you live in the Midwest or Northeast. Also, some sods do not bode well with high traffic, virtually eliminating the option if you have children.
Seeding, on the other hand, provides a very low initial cost and offers plenty of variety (more so than sod). However, seed will not grow right away. Patience is a virtue with seeding. Also, you may need to reseed to ensure a luscious lawn and consistent watering is key to produce a lawn you can be proud of.
DIY Or Hire A Pro?
Everyone wants the best yard possible, but unlike a complicated electrical project or a dangerous roofing project, installing sod can be done as a DY project. It is by no means a fast or laid back project, but opting to not hire a pro can save you hundreds of dollars. Beware, you may need a few tools to help compact the grass, but most of the work can be done without any equipment.
As always, if you want to ensure a professional look for your backyard, while sitting back in the process, we highly recommend contacting two or three professional landscapers in your area to compare personalities, reviews, past work and quotes.
Find A Pro
With all the costs and benefits at your disposal, you are now informed to make a logical decision whether or not to install sod in your backyard. If you feel it is the right move for your budget and home, ImproveNet can connect you with up to four professional landscapers in your area for free.
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Last updated on Jul 25, 2018