Your lawn care customers are going to ask you to perform a variety of services. Sometimes you will be comfortable in bidding and performing them. Other times you will have no idea how to go about it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur decided to take on a sod job he had never performed before. With a little help from other business owners, he seems to be ready to take the next step and place a bid.
One lawn care business owner wrote “I was just asked by a client to perform a sod job when Spring hits. I said that I would call her when the time comes to set up a time and get started. But I don’t know how to install sod or give an estimate for it. It seems quite easy I just don’t want to miss any thing important or any hidden tricks.
Can you guys please help on how to properly perform a sod job? How to estimate a sod job? What is the average pice for sod and what size does each come in? What tools are required to perform a proper sod job? Hopefully I don’t need heavy equipment as I am not able to fit that in my budget for this year.
What do I use to remove previous lawn?”
A second lawn care business owner said “I don’t know how much sod is where you are, but in my area a pallet of sod runs $60 delivered, and $120 installed. That does not include removing old turf, leveling and preparing ground, fertilizer etc. I did have one yard that had an extensive amount of old turf removed and re-soded, I charged the customer around $1,000 to do it.”
A third added “the install is easy and we charge by doubling the cost of materials. The prep work is what gets tricky. It could be 20 mins to prep an average sized yard or it could take¬† 2 hours.
Sod installation is a good money maker but you have to keep in mind it requires lots of strenuous physical labor. I initially got into it because of the money it can bring in so I know it is not a bad idea to look into offering it.
To remove the sod, you can either use a sod cutter, which you can rent. Or you can use a rototiller and till up the lawn, adding what ever kind of fertilizer it needs. You should test the soil before you lay down new sod as that way, you will know what to add to the soil to give the new sod it’s best chance at growing.”
A fourth said “I have done quite a few sod jobs in the past,enough to warrant my purchasing my own sod cutter. It is tough work, but I have never used a tiller for them. That would really help me cut down on labor costs. I find the cutter though is pretty efficient for it’s cost. It leaves the ground beneath fairly level and is easy to work with. But
I cut it in strips first across the lawn, then cut across the strips to make it the removal easier to handle. Then I just toss the sod pieces into the trailer for disposal. No rolling required. I have even gone back and broke up the ground with the cutter, it’s quick and easy to do. But that is dependent on what the soil conditions are.”
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