What Is the Average Price to Buy Sod?

Typical Range:

$150 - $450

Find out how much your project will cost.

Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated June 29, 2022

Reviewed by Tara Dudley, Landscape Designer, Landscape Project Coordinator and Owner of Plant Life Designs.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Sod Prices

The quality and type of grass you want will impact the overall cost of sod. Most homeowners pay between $150 and $450 per pallet of sod for their yards or an average of $300. When it comes to square footage, sod costs between $0.35 and $0.85, or an average of $0.60 per square foot. To give you an idea of how much sod you might need, the total price to cover a 1/5-acre lawn (or 8,712 square feet) is between $3,025 and $8,205.

Below we’ll discuss all of the factors that play into sod prices—like the different types of grass, square footage, and installation—so you can enjoy a green and lush lawn.

Average Price of Sod Grass per Pallet & Square Foot

Average costs for sod pallets range from $150 to $450

Sod prices are by the pallet or square foot. You’ll pay about $300 per pallet or $0.60 per square foot. You may also find sod by the square yard or roll, though these are less common. If you buy by the roll, take note of the dimensions. Different suppliers may cut rolls in different sizes.  

Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay a pro to install your new sod if you’re not doing it yourself. The average cost of sod installation is $2,000 or about $1 to $2 per square foot.

Sod Prices by Coverage Area
Unit of Measure Price Range Notes
Roll$3 – $8Covers around 10 square feet
Pallet$150 – $450Covers about 450 square feet
Square foot$0.35 – $0.85Most common
Square yard$3.15 – $7.65Multiply square foot price by 9
Average 1/5 Acre Yard$3,025 – $8,2051/5 acre = 8,712 square feet
¼ Acre$3,785 – $10,255¼ acre = 10,890 square feet
½ Acre$7,490 – $20,825½ acre = 21,780 square feet
Acre$14,900 – $40,3401 acre = 43,650 square feet

Sod Pricing Factors

The price you pay for sod in your geographic region will vary depending on the types of grass best suited to your climate zone. Some varieties are priced based on their hardiness in cool or warm temperatures and the quality of the sod itself.

Type

Sod prices vary for different grass species. If the species you want is not common in your local area, it may cost more to transport. Be sure to choose a grass type that will work well in your yard and climate. See the following section for details on different types of sod. 

Location and Climate Zone

Geography dictates the types of grass you can grow, and local suppliers will likely only carry sod varieties well-suited to your region’s climate. This limited selection also means that local growers can typically offer the best prices. In areas with multiple climate zones, like California, suppliers may charge more because of the wider array of sod species they have to carry.

There are three different categories of sod for different climate zones in the U.S.:

  • Cool-season grasses: Grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescue with a high tolerance for long periods of cooler weather in the northern half of the U.S.

  • Transition-zone grasses: Grasses that grow well in the top portion of the lower half of the country.

  • Warm-season grasses: Grasses such as St. Augustine, Bermuda, and zoysia grow well in the long periods of hot weather in the southernmost states.

Grade

There are three main grades of sod that differ by how well they attach to the existing soil and protect themselves from diseases. 

  • Economy- or utility-grade sod: Typically priced at $0.20–$0.30 per sq. ft.,this is the least expensive sod. This fragile grass requires a lot of maintenance to remain strong and protected from diseases.

  • Mid-grade sod: Typically priced at $0.50–$0.65 per sq. ft., this is standard sod with good root system strength and disease resistance that doesn’t require intensive maintenance. 

  • High-grade sod: Typically priced at $0.70–$0.80 per sq. ft., this premium sod grade is the most expensive. It’s a healthy, low-maintenance grass with the strongest and deepest root systems.

Delivery

If you choose to have sod delivered to your home, expect to pay between $90 and $350 for delivery (on top of the price of the sod). You can avoid delivery charges if you pick the sod up yourself, but you’ll need a way to transport it. A flatbed truck rental costs about $20 per hour or $129 per day.

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Sod Prices by Type

As mentioned above, actual sod prices will vary depending on the type of grass you choose and which types are available in your local area. Below are 11 popular types of sod, plus a breakdown of the average prices, key advantages, and ideal climate for each.

St. Augustine

This coarse, fast-growing, wide-bladed grass is popular for lawns in the Carolinas, Texas, and Central California. The price of St. Augustine sod is $160 to $340 per pallet or $0.35 to $0.75 per square foot. Floratem, a variant of St. Augustine that does well in full sunlight and a variety of soil types, can be found for $185 to $225 per pallet or about $0.35 per square foot.

St. Augustine Grass Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.35 – $0.75 $0.55
Pallet $160 – $340 $250

Pros of St. Augustine Grass:

  • Adapts well to heat, drought, and salt water

  • Good in shaded areas

  • Overpowers weeds

  • Resists pests like chinch bugs when healthy

Cons of St. Augustine Grass:

  • Needs extra watering in hot weather

  • Won’t tolerate temperatures below 10 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Sensitive to certain herbicides such as 2,4-D

  • Becomes sparse under heavy foot traffic

Zoysia

The price of zoysia sod is $180 to $270 per pallet or $0.40 to $0.60 per square foot. This soft grass with fine blades is common on golf courses. It tolerates different amounts of sunlight and water. However, it works best in warm, sunny, open areas where it stays green for more than half the year.

Some newer breeds of zoysia work better for lawns in colder regions, such as the mid-Atlantic states. These include zoysia emerald—which sells for about $240 per pallet or $0.55 per square foot—and zenith—which sells for about $385 per pallet or $0.85 per square foot.

Zoysia Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.40 – $0.85 $0.50
Pallet $180 – $385 $225

Pros of Zoysia:

  • Slow-growing and requires minimal mowing

  • Highly resistant to insects 

Cons of Zoysia:

  • Turns brown in cold weather

  • Excessive thatching

  • Invasive grass that requires lawn edging to protect other plants

Bermuda

The price of Bermuda sod is $160 to $385 per pallet or $0.35 to $0.85 per square foot. This grass can grow quickly in almost any soil, with an ultra-deep root system reaching 6-1/2-feet down. This makes it very drought-resistant but also very hard to get rid of if necessary. It’s popular for areas with a lot of foot traffic, such as football fields.

Bermuda Grass Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.35 – $0.85 $0.60
Pallet $160 – $385 $275

Pros of Bermuda Grass:

  • Good in drought-prone areas

  • Tolerates heavy foot traffic

  • Recovers and repairs itself quickly

  • Resists herbicides for easy weed control

Cons of Bermuda Grass:

  • Highly invasive

  • Deep root system makes it difficult to remove

  • Increases allergy symptoms in some people and pets

Fescue

The price of fescue sod is $160 to $295 per pallet or $0.35 to $0.65 per square foot. This cool-climate grass exists on every continent except Antarctica, and it’s the most common grass for lawns in the U.S. It does very well everywhere that St. Augustine, zoysia, and Bermuda grasses do not. The tall fescue variant is the only subtype that tolerates heavy foot traffic.

Fescue Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.35 – $0.65 $0.50
Pallet $160 – $295 $230

Pros of Fescue:

  • A good companion to wildflowers

  • Tolerates poor soil conditions

  • Can grow at high elevations

Cons of Fescue:

  • Most variants do not tolerate heavy foot traffic

  • Dormant above 90 degrees Fahrenheit

Centipede

The price of centipede grass sod is $340 to $385 per pallet or $0.75 to $0.85 per square foot when purchased from a hardware store. You may find much lower prices at a local farm or nursery. This popular warm-season grass creates a low, dense lawn that grows best in sandy, acidic soil types.

Centipede Grass Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.75 – $0.85 $0.80
Pallet $340 – $385 $365

Pros of Centipede Grass:

  • Heat- and drought-tolerant

  • Shade tolerant

  • Weed- and pest-resistant

Cons of Centipede Grass:

  • Develops thatch when taller than 2 inches

  • Does not handle foot traffic, especially in winter

Bahia

The price of Bahia grass sod is $90 to $180 per pallet or $0.20 to $0.40 per square foot and is more wallet-friendly than most other grass varieties. You’ll find this warm-season grass in fields and pastures in the Southeastern U.S. It also works well as a basic, durable lawn. It’s ideal for those new to lawn care because it can tolerate mowing too close and under-watering.

Bahia Grass Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.20 – $0.40 $0.30
Pallet $90 – $180 $135

Pros of Bahia Grass:

  • Highly drought-tolerant

  • Low-maintenance

  • Hardy in the winter

  • Thrives in all soil types

  • Durable lawn for pets

  • Grows in both sunny and shady areas

  • Withstands heavy foot traffic

Cons of Bahia Grass:

  • Forms large, uneven seedheads through spring, summer, and fall

  • Not as dense or dark green as other popular grasses

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Marathon

The price of Marathon sod is $270 to $295 per pallet or $0.60 to $0.65 per square foot, although lower-quality imitations cost about 10% less. This grass grows quickly in the fall and thrives in cool weather, but different varieties are available for different climates and conditions. They all work well in front yards and backyards that endure a lot of foot traffic.

Marathon Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.60 – $0.65 $0.63
Pallet $270 – $295 $285

Pros of Marathon:

  • Lush color and soft blades

  • Produces dense turf that resists disease, weeds, and pests

  • More durable than other cool-season varieties

  • Grows and recovers quickly

Cons of Marathon:

  • Must be mowed and watered frequently to keep it green and lush

Kentucky Bluegrass

The price of Kentucky bluegrass sod is $160 to $180 per pallet or $0.35 to $0.40 per square foot. This cool-season grass is popular all across the U.S. due to its lush, green appearance. While it prefers full sun, it can grow well in the shade with proper care and regular mowing, feeding, and watering. It thrives in cold climates but is sensitive to heat and drought.

Kentucky Bluegrass Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.35 – $0.40 $0.33
Pallet $160 – $180 $170

Pros of Kentucky Bluegrass:

  • Uniform, dark green color

  • Good in cold climates

  • Shade tolerant

  • Tolerates heavy foot traffic

  • Phenomenal winter hardiness

Cons of Kentucky Bluegrass:

  • Doesn’t tolerate heat or drought

  • High-maintenance

  • Reacts poorly to pests, disease, and weed growth

Bent Grass

The price of bent grass sod is $225 to $315 per pallet or $0.50 to $0.70 per square foot. This cool-season grass has a blue-green hue and soft feel. It’s popular for lawns, natural putting greens, and sports turf since it stands up well to low mowing and heavy foot traffic. It grows exceptionally well in the cool, wet conditions of the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast U.S.

Bent Grass Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.50 – $0.70 $0.60
Pallet $225 – $315 $270

Pros of Bent Grass:

  • Resists pests, disease, and weeds in cool temperatures

  • Tolerates heavy foot traffic and low mowing

  • Prefers full sun but can grow in shade

Cons of Bent Grass:

  • Susceptible to pests, disease, and weeds in high temperatures

  • Requires frequent watering year-round

Ryegrass

The price of ryegrass sod is $160 to $295 per pallet or $0.35 to $0.65 per square foot. This durable grass grows fastest in cool weather and has a tolerance for close mowing. It needs minimal maintenance in mild climates, though you’ll need to fertilize it and water frequently in warmer months. You can also use it to overseed Bermuda grass to keep a green lawn year-round.

Ryegrass Sod Prices
Unit of Measure Price Range Average Cost
Square Foot $0.35 – $0.65 $0.50
Pallet $160 – $295 $230

Pros of Ryegrass:

  • Tolerant of cold snaps and frequent or heavy rain

  • Stays where you plant it

  • Thrives despite close mowing and heavy foot traffic

  • Grows well in the shade

Cons of Ryegrass:

  • Needs more water and maintenance to avoid turning brown as temperatures rise

Super-Sod

Super-Sod is not a variety of grass; it’s a supplier of various high-quality species of zoysia, centipede grass, tall fescue, and Bermuda grass in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic U.S. Every variety is sold in rolls and pallets to suit different-sized yards, both of which can be picked up or delivered. You can call your nearest Super-Sod location for a free quote.

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How to Estimate Sod Prices

To estimate the price you’ll pay for sod, first calculate how much you’ll need. Measure your lawn (see how below) to determine the square footage. A pallet of sod normally covers 450 square feet, so divide the total square footage of your lawn by 450 to calculate how many pallets you need.

When purchasing sod, plan to buy around 10% more than you need to account for wasted material during sod installation. When estimating sod prices, you may want to ask suppliers whether they offer any bulk discounts.

How to Measure Your Yard

Start by drawing a rough sketch of the shape of your yard on paper, not including areas that won’t require sod, such as your home, garage, decks, patios, sidewalks, gardens, and sheds.

If you have a large or irregularly-shaped yard, break your sketch up into sections of the following shapes—using a tape measure to take measurements—and make the following calculations for each:

  • Squares and rectangles: Measure the length and width in feet and multiply them together to get the area in square feet.

  • Right triangles: Measure the length of the two sides that meet at the 90-degree corner in feet and multiply them together. Then divide that number by two to get the area in square feet.

  • Circles: Measure the radius (the straight line from the center to the outside of the circle) in feet. Multiply the radius by two and multiply your result by 3.14 to get the area in square feet. For half-circles, divide your final result by two. For quarter-circles, divide your final result by four.

Once you’ve calculated the area of each shape separately, add all of your results together to determine the total size of your lawn.

DIY Sod Installation

The average price for a DIY sod installation job is about $6,100. If you choose to install sod as a DIY project, you’ll need to learn how to lay sod and ensure you have all the proper tools and materials. This includes a rototiller and lawn roller to prepare the soil and ensure the sod will be even. Below is a list of the items you’ll need and the average cost of each.

DIY Tools and Materials
Item Price Purpose
Sod $0.35 – $0.85 per sq. ft. Create lawn and account for 10% extra material
Fertilizer $10 per 1,000 sq. ft. Maintain lawn health
Tape measure $5 – $15 Determine how much sod you need
Home soil test $12 – $15 Determine how much fertilizer you need
Lawn roller rental $15 – $25 per day Smooth and eliminate air pockets in sod
Shovel or spade $10 – $20 Remove existing grass from small areas
Garden knife $4 – $20 Trim sod material
Tamper $35 Pack down soil
Rototiller rental $80 per day Soil preparation
Sod cutter rental $80 per day Remove grass in large areas
Fertilizer spreader $50 Spread fertilizer evenly across lawn
Overseed $50 Optional for filling sparse areas if needed

Installing sod yourself takes a lot of time and effort. If you’d prefer to save yourself time and leave the process of grass selection, delivery, and installation to the pros, consider hiring a sod installer near you. Even if you install the sod on your own, you may wish to hire a pro to assist with lawn prep, so factor in the potential price of lawn aeration or the price to reslope your lawn.

FAQs

What is sod?

Sod is a thick layer of mature, natural grass growing in one to two inches of soil. It’s ready to lay upon delivery, creating an “instant lawn.” Sod offers a lusher, denser lawn than growing from seed and helps prevent erosion. You’ll also spend less time and money on irrigatio; sod requires only twice daily water in the weeks following installation. 

Is it cheaper to sod or seed?

On average, it is cheaper to seed than to install sod. The price of lawn seed, including installation, is $950 for the average-sized lawn. In comparison, the price to install sod on a lawn of the same size is $3,025 to $8,205 for materials alone.

How long after Roundup can I sod?

You can install sod about two weeks after starting the Roundup treatment process. Make sure at least a full week has passed since you last applied Roundup before installing sod. Otherwise, you’ll risk killing the grass and undoing any gains your grass made, which can be much costlier to fix than multiple Roundup treatments. 

How much does a pallet of sod weigh?

A pallet of sod weighs anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds, depending on its moisture content. For example, if your sod sat in the rain, it can easily weigh much more than before the storm. Whether you plan to pick up sod or have it delivered and sat on your property, it’s essential you know its weight before placing it in/on your vehicle or on a deck or patio. 

Sod vs. seeded grass lawn vs. hydroseeding—which is better?

Sod is better than a seeded grass lawn when it comes to convenience and short-term durability. A sod lawn installation matures more quickly, establishes itself faster, is less prone to rain erosion, and you can use it in just a few weeks. However, Tara Dudley, owner of Plant Life Designs, warns that sodding will require higher inputs of irrigation to get established.

Seeding and hydroseeding do offer some advantages over sod, including lower prices and relatively low labor requirements. The price of hydroseeding is half as much as low-cost sod at about $3,500 per acre or $0.08 per square foot. Hydroseeding also combats erosion better than traditional seeding by mixing seed with mulch. Note that it can take up to a year before a traditionally seeded or hydroseeded lawn is fully usable. 

Which is more expensive—sod or artificial grass turf?

Artificial grass turf costs more than sod at $5 to $20 per square foot. However, synthetic grass can save you time and money on maintenance. Artificial grass turf requires no mowing, watering, or fertilizing, creating potential savings of up to $850 per year, depending on your location and other project-specific factors.

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