Sod is a popular choice for both homeowners and commercial property managers in Minnesota that are looking to create a new lawn or renovate their existing one. But before you start planning your project, you need to estimate the cost of the sod installation. The cost can vary based on several factors. In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps you need to follow to estimate the cost of sod installation in Minnesota.
One of the biggest determinations in the cost of installing sod on a property is how much prep work is involved. If you’re starting from scratch at a newly-built home, this will be much less than removing an existing lawn followed by grading in topsoil and installing fresh sod. The more material that must be removed, the higher the cost will be for the total project.
Sod Material Cost
The next factor in estimating the cost to have sod installed is the actual material price. For yards in Minnesota, Kentucky Bluegrass is the most popular choice and when purchasing retail, a standard roll that’s 6′ long by 2′ wide (12 square feet) will usually cost approximately $6-$8 at retail. When a landscape contractor is purchasing by the pallet, there is generally a slight price break that can be passed onto the consumer since most projects require several pallets.
The prep work and laying sod is very labor intensive, requiring lots of man-hours and/or equipment hours to prep and install, this is often the largest percentage of the bid for most sod projects.
So How Much Will it Cost?
To have sod installed in Minnesota it will generally run between $1.50 to $2.25 per square foot. This price can vary immensely due to several of the aforementioned factors so its best to reach out to a local contractor such as Northwood Outdoor Services to get insights on pricing for your next project.
Check out our other posts about sod, including: “How Much Does it Cost to Install Sod in Minnesota?” and “Pros and Cons of Sod vs. Grass Seed“.