If you want real grass installed in your home but you do not wish to wait for it to grow after you sow it, a better alternative is to have sod installed instead.
Getting the help of sod installation companies near you is how you get a beautifully looking lawn in no time with no need to wait. To get this done as effectively and easily as possible, it should be done by a professional company. It will also save you the hassle of having to deal with the complicated task yourself, which it can definitely be.
Professionals use equipment not available in the average home to make the process a lot easier and to make sure the seams between the different layers of sod do not easily show. That’s why sod installers are often hired for the project. Sod has the advantage that it’s pre-grown and instantly boosts your home’s curb appeal.
The average home in the United States will end up paying around $1,800 to have sod installed, but you’re so lucky that it could actually be cheaper for you, and there are different things you can do to lower the installation cost, and this way it will even be done by professional sod installers too. The type and quality that you wish to get installed will directly impact the cost for the project.
In order to avoid overpaying for the project, all you need to do is fill out the form at the top of the page and we’ll match you with the 4 most relevant contractors in your area that can provide you with quotes.
Different Types of Sod
There are different types of sod available that you can get installed at home and some will be better suited to the different climates, so your landscaping company might strongly advice you to go with one option over another. The advantage of getting the input from several companies is also that they can all give their input on which type they think best works with your local conditions.
Depending on the type, there are also better or worse times to go ahead and plant it, and some types may prefer prefer more or less acidic types of soil as well as the amount of sun they require.
Warm Season Grasses
What typically happens is that warm-season grasses will go dormant over the winter during which they turn brown. To counteract it, you may choose to seed with other types of grasses that stay green during the winter. The name, warm season grasses, stems from the fact that most of their growing happens when the weather’s warmer.
The best time to plant Bahia is either in spring or early summer. It’s able to withstands many different types of soil, making it highly versatile and works well in both full and moderate amount of sun. It should preferably be getting about 1 inch of water per week, and if you live in an area with little rain, you might want to consider installing a lawn sprinkler system to ensure it gets enough water.
Bermuda grass should preferably be installed slightly later than Bahia, starting in the late spring before it manages to get too hot. It’s good for lightly textured surfaces and works well in full sun. To stay fresh, it should be watered once per week.
The recommendation in terms of when this should be installed is the same as with Bermuda. The advantage with this type is its tolerance towards slightly acidic soil, which allows it to thrive in places where other types may struggle. It needs fertilizer, however and needs to be watered and kept moist also.
Unlike the previously mentioned types, this works great for the late fall and places with sandy soil. With its ability to withstand full and partial sun, it’s a strong contender for those people wishing to improve the look of their lawn outside the more traditional season of doing it.
With a love for acidic soil with pH values between 5.5 and 6.5, this is also a great alternative for areas where that’s the case. It can be installed in the late spring or early summer too, also being able to be in full or partial sun. With that much amount of sun, it needs to be kept moist to look well.
Cool Season Grasses
These are better suited for climates with cold winters and hot summers, meaning the upper part of the United States. If you live in the transition zone in the middle, you’ll be able to have either cool or warm season grasses installed. Among cool season grasses, these are perhaps the fiver most popular types.
Best installed during the late summer or early fall, Bentgrass is a great option for acidic soil types and can withstand full sun assuming it’s installed in the right part of the country. If your area doesn’t get a lot of rainfall, additional watering is needed and nitrogen fertilizer can help it stay green.
You can install this either during the fall or spring in most soil types. It can either live in full sun or shade, requiring regular watering.
Kentucky Bluegrass should also be installed in the fall or spring in locations with full sun. It can live in soils that are slightly acidic, although not very much and require more water than most other types.
A good option for most soils, ideally planted during the early spring or early fall, installed in places with full sun.
Works in most types of soil and is installed a bit earlier in the year than other types right as the water starts getting warmer, but can also be installed in the spring. It requires less water than other types and it shouldn’t get fertilizer treatments.
Besides the type of grass, there are other factors that affect the cost of installation too.
The Amount of Sod
The amount of sod needed is the single biggest factor affecting how much your project will end up costing, meaning the bigger the size of your lawn, the more you will end up spending, just like with any sort of home improvement project. If you only wish to install sod in part of your backyard, you can also limit the cost of installation.
Lawn installation companies will start out by calculating the total square footage amount in your backyard and then multiply that by the per square foot price that they charge. That is, if you have an even backyard that is shaped like a rectangle. Irregular shapes add to the installation cost since it will take slightly longer to install.
When your lawn isn’t flat, the measurements and calculations will take those uneven surfaces into account. Difficult to access yards will also increase the cost, and although you may love your long driveway, it could make it harder for a sod installer.
Price of Sod
You’ll be buying it by square foot and the rough cost for the material can easily be calculated by roughly figuring out the size of your lawn. When that’s been done you’ll need to multiply the size times $0.3 and $0.8, where the higher number will be the cost for the higher quality material.
For the lower quality grade, you might have to nurture it slightly more for it to get as green and vibrant as you like it, although it’ll also be cheaper to install.
Irregularities, Hills and Slopes
Anything that isn’t flat will make the installation harder to do, meaning the pro will spend longer, and it could in turn affect the overall cost. These areas are also more likely to need to be tilled prior to the installation happening which adds to the cost.
Before the pro is able to give you a quote they need to understand the layout of your backyard. It’s especially difficult when your yard is dominated by steep slopes that mean varying methods of prepping is needed as it makes it harder for the different equipment to work, which could mean more stuff needs to be done manually, which inevitably makes it a more difficult project.
Roots, Rocks and More
You may have installed a range of different features in your backyard that the sod installation needs to work around, and which makes it harder for the rototiller to work. It also could be a problem for young trees that won’t make it.
Other possible problems include rocks and other decorative items the machinery wasn’t made to take into account. All the different obstacles require things to be done more manually, making it harder to do. This includes if there are rocks spread across the current backyard that need to be addressed before the installation happens.
Getting Free Estimates & Quotes for Your Sod Installation Project
The next step in your journey to getting the lawn that you want is to get different sod installers to give you quotes on your project. All you need to do to make that happen is to fill out the form at the top of the page, and we’ll help connect you with the 4 most relevant contractors in your area.
They’ll then reach out to you to find out the details of your project and provide you with quotes at the end of it for you to examine. If you like one of them – great, otherwise you’re free to simply decline all of them. It takes just 2 minutes to fill out the form. What are you waiting for?