Quick Intro

Intro to Sod Grass in the Mobile Area

The climate in Mobile, Alabama is humid subtropical. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures reaching as high as 90°F and above.

Winters tend to be mild with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. The presence of high humidity and abundant rainfall throughout the year makes Mobile a great location for grasses that thrive in wet conditions.

Popular grass varieties in Mobile and the surrounding area include bermudagrass, centipedegrass, zoysia, and St. Augustinegrass. These warm-season grasses resist drought and heat, making them ideal for gardens, parks, lawns, and golf courses in Mobile.

Let's take a look at some costs for different lawn sizes.

Mobile Sod Cost Chart

Listed below are average price ranges for various yard sizes and sod types

BermudaZoysiaSt. AugustineBuffalo
500 sq ft$175 - $325$275 - $450$250 - $450$275 - $400
1000 sq ft$350 - $650$550 - $900$500 - $900$550 - $800
1500 sq ft$525 - $975$825 - $1350$750 - $1350$825 - $1200
2000 sq ft$700 - $1300$1100 - $1800$1000 - $1800$1100 - $1600
2500 sq ft$875 - $1625$1375 - $2250$1250 - $2250$1375 - $2000
3000 sq ft$1050 - $1950$1650 - $2700$1500 - $2700$1650 - $2400

*Keep in mind these sod prices only include the sod itself - not delivery fees, sod installation, and other lawn care services.

Timing it just right

Is Now the Best Time to Lay Sod in Mobile?

As you can see in our handy chart below, july is generally a decent time to lay sod in Mobile.

Because the daytime temperature averages between 73° and 90° degrees fahrenheit, the sod will be able to take root and grow, but it may take a little longer than usual. Make sure to keep it well hydrated!

Average high in july

90°

Average low in july

73°

july is an

average time

to lay sod in Mobile, AL

Click/scroll on the months above to see average temperatures and how that affects the best time to lay sod.

The Best Types for Your Area

Because of the climate in Mobile, Alabama, the best sods to grow are warm-season grasses. Below is a list of these grasses and their ballpark prices:

How much will it cost me?
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Price Considerations

DIY vs. Hiring a Sod Installation Company

When it comes to sodding your new lawn in Mobile, Alabama, there are two options to consider. Each offers its unique set of advantages and disadvantages:

Hiring Sod Professionals

Going with a landscaping company means a comprehensive, hands-free solution. They have teams that manage everything from sourcing quality sod to preparing the ground, taking care of sod delivery to your property, and installing the turf grass for you.

Cost: This is when you want the white glove "do it all for me" approach. You're not just paying for the product but also for professional labor, project management, and often, a service warranty. Expect to pay $300 or more per pallet of sod and double that figure for installation.

Sod Procurement options in Mobile, Alabama: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Where to Buy Sod in Mobile - Local AL Sod Farms

Want to save a little cash? Sod farms are the way to go. This DIY approach comes with its own set of challenges, but the cost-saving potential for homeowners is significant.

Cost: Prices can drop to as low as $155 per pallet when buying in bulk from sod farms near Mobile, offering you substantial savings. You'll sometimes need to go pick up the sod yourself as well.

DIY: The trade-off here is the manual labor involved in self-installation. Additionally, many sod farms operate on a minimum purchase policy, commonly starting at multiple pallets, which typically covers at least 1000 square feet.

Poor Online Support: Don't expect a sophisticated online browsing experience. Most sod farms have basic websites, so you'll likely need to make a phone call or fire off an email conversation to get ahold of availability and pricing.

Interested in going the farm route?

Here are the 10 closest sod farms to Mobile:
  • Dawes Grass Farm4511 Dawes Ln E, Mobile,AL 36619, USA 10 miles away
  • Driskell Turf Farm14353 Cat Deakle Road Grand Bay, Alabama 36541 18 miles away
  • Cleverdon Farms15250 George Younce Rd Foley, AL 36535 27 miles away
  • RiverView Turf Farm14308 County Road 12 S Foley, AL 36535 29 miles away
  • Woerner Turf818 N. McKenzie St. Foley, AL 36535 30 miles away
  • Woerner Farms110 East Azelea Avenue Foley, AL 36535 31 miles away
  • Craft Turf Farms10505 B County Road 65 Foley, AL 36535 32 miles away
  • Salzmann Turf Farm15601 county road 87 Elberta, AL 36530 34 miles away
  • Kleinschmidt Farms25735 Kleinschmidt Rd, Elberta, AL 36530 35 miles away
  • The Sod Outlet5615 C L Dees Dr Vancleave, MS 39565 38 miles away

What else?

Other Factors that Affect Pricing in Mobile

Sod Supplier & Delivery Distance

Because there aren't any large metropolitan cities near Mobile you'll need to find a local sod supplier. Usually this means you'll have fewer options to choose from, but you can get a good deal as the cost of living (and thus services) is likely lower than big cities.

Preparation Work

The following factors can make a huge difference in the cost and either save you or cost you big time:

  • Regrading: Need to flatten your yard? This can vary pricing wise but expect to pay roughly $0.55 per square foot extra on average.
  • Soil needs: If it's new construction or you have poor soil, you may need to add topsoil. Expect to pay somewhere in the ballpark of $0.25 per square foot for this.
  • Removal of existing sod: If you have existing grass that needs to go, this can cost an additional $0.45 per square foot.
  • Removal of other debris: Let's just say you have lot's of pebbles and rocks in your soil. It's going to cost extra to remove those.

Installation Labor Costs

The next thing to consider pricing wise is the cost of labor. Here are some of the factors that can influence labor costs:
  • Ease of access to your yard: Is it in a back yard that's hard to access? Up on a hill that laborers have to walk up? This will add to your cost.
  • Random objects: Best case scenario: it's wide open grass. If there are lots of trees, irrigation systems, or other objects this can add to labor cost.
  • Time of year: Since it's a seasonal business, and there's less demand for sod in Mobile in the winter, you can sometimes get deals in the off-season.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Reach out to us directly at team@sodcalculator.com

What is the cost for a pallet of sod in Mobile?

As mentioned above, it depends on if you want the DIY or the white-glove approach, but it can range anywhere from $155 to $550 a pallet. Most of the time it's somewhere in the middle around $350 per pallet.

How much sod is in a pallet?

Different companies have different pallet sizes, but the most common is 500 square feet. We've also seen 400 square feet, 450 square feet and even 504 square feet. Make sure to check with the company!

What time of year do you lay sod in Mobile, Alabama?

Warm season grasses grow best in Mobile in the Spring and early Summer. Cool season grasses grow best in the Fall and Spring.

How much is 200 square feet of sod in Mobile?

If your goal is to get just 200 square feet of sod in Mobile, you might have some luck looking on Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, or Craigslist. Otherwise you might be out of luck and have to purchase a whole pallet (400-500 sq ft).

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Terrance Sowell

Writer & Editor, SodCalculator.com

Terrance is a former engineer turned sod connoisseur, who brings a unique, scientific approach to the world of landscaping. His analytical style and dedication to environmentally responsible practices make his content an invaluable resource for the eco-conscious homeowner.

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