Lawn Sod Costs

Lawn sod installation is a special activity that will add to property value while increasing curb appeal. Sod is purchased from a sod farm in rolls, delivered by truck, laid out on the prepared terrain, and further nurtured while the roots take hold.

You will find that the cost to install lawn sod depends upon the size and accessibility of the lot, the variability of the terrain, type of sod, local equipment rental rates, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the complete installation.

Lawn sodding: for a 6,000 sq. ft. lawn in the Midwest USA

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Lawn sodding: bluegrass sod delivered up to 90 miles to the site and laid out by hand; final tamp and water; including waste.$0.66per sq. ft.6,300$4,168
Preparation and conditioner: final site-grading preparation by hand; provide fertilizing conditioner and the equipment to spread conditioner and roll sod flat.$154per job1$154
Equipment and Material Cost$0.72per sq. ft.6,000$4,322
+ Labor Cost$30per hour43$1,290
Total Cost$0.94per sq. ft.6,000$5,612

Other considerations and costs

  • If necessary, land-clearing and site-preparation typical to a residential scale project including manual and mechanical removal of shrubs, trees, stumps, and boulders will typically range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq. foot depending upon the amount and size of the material, and the off-site distance of material transport.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Included is the typical cost to rent the necessary power equipment.

DIY considerations

  • This project may be suitable for the able DIY persons.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to install grass lawn sod in my city

Cost to install grass lawn sod varies greatly by region. To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.