How Much Does Sod Cost?

Sod Cost – The characteristic and size of lawns at any single family homes usually vary from those at business and apartment buildings, affecting the ease or complexity of installing sod in the area.

Install sod cost at residential homes usually range from $500 to $600, while jobs on apartment and building grounds may cost up to $700 to $800, and costs for laying sod at any commercial properties can range up to $900 to $1000.


The location’s accessibility for your new sod could also influence the budget of your project. The install sod cost in front yards usually range from $400 to $500, while installation of sod in backyards, which are usually harder to reach when delivering materials and equipment, may cost up to $600 to $700. In addition to that, variations in plantings, size, topography, as well as hardscape between back and front yards can also affect the materials and time needed for the task.

Yard Size & Sod Cost

The installation area’s overall size will also affect the install sod cost of the project. Although bigger areas need more material as well as handling to place the sod, it might be more effective and efficient to use certain machinery in these kinds of application, leading to much faster sod installation. Oftentimes, the price for laying sod in an area that measures 1,000 square feet or lesser ranges up to $500 to $600 and average prices increase depending on the size of the yard. 

You can also expect to pay about $800 to $900 for a 1,000 to 2,000 square feet installation, $1,200 to $1,300 for 2,000 to 3,000 square feet, $1,500 to $1,600 for 3,000 to 4,000 square feet, and $1,800 to $1,900 for 4,000 to 5,000 square feet area.

For certain, your contractor can be able to determine what equipment and methods are necessary for your project and if pricing per square foot might be affected by the lot’s overall size. It is important to ask your contractor first about anything related to the project and ask an estimate in order to be prepared for the overall cost of the sod installation.

Preparation of the Installation Site

The condition and characteristic of your existing yard and lawn actually determine what level of preparation is needed before your contractor could install the sod. Once the site preparation has been completed, the install sod cost might range up to $600 to $700, while having to prepare other related work might increase the project cost up to $800 to $900

It is better to consult with your contractor first about what certain kind of task will be needed in order to prepare your installation site as well as how it will affect the price of your overall project, and even the success of the installation of your sod.