Quick Intro

Laying sod in Denver

Denver, CO has a semi-arid climate with warm summers and cold winters. The size of a growing season, targeted as 90 days with a temperature above 50 F (10 C), is short but adequate enough to grow most cool-season grasses successfully.

That said, fast-growing, drought-resistant turfgrasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass are often planted and thrive in the Denver metro area. Cool-season grasses tolerate these extreme climates better and are better suited for cooler temperatures.

Warm-season grasses, however, can also be used in these climates with some modifications and proper care. Warm-season grasses such as Bermuda grass, Kikuyu grass, and Zoysia grass require more care and maintenance, but can be successfully grown in Denver given the right conditions.

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

Denver Sod Cost Chart

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

Kentucky BluegrassTall FescuePerennial RyegrassFine Fescue
500 sq ft$175 - $350$300 - $425$150 - $325$225 - $375
1000 sq ft$350 - $700$600 - $850$300 - $650$450 - $750
1500 sq ft$525 - $1050$900 - $1275$450 - $975$675 - $1125
2000 sq ft$700 - $1400$1200 - $1700$600 - $1300$900 - $1500
2500 sq ft$875 - $1750$1500 - $2125$750 - $1625$1125 - $1875
3000 sq ft$1050 - $2100$1800 - $2550$900 - $1950$1350 - $2250

*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 a good time to lay sod in Denver?

As you can see in our handy chart below, february is generally not the best time to lay sod in Denver.

Because the daytime temperature averages between 18° and 43° degrees fahrenheit, it will be difficult for the grass to take root and grow. Consider waiting until the weather warms up a bit.

Average high in february

43°

Average low in february

18°

february is a

bad time

to lay sod in Denver, CO

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

What is the best grass for Denver, Colorado?

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

Price Considerations

Denver Sod DIY Installation vs. Hiring a Sod Company

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

Hiring a Landscaping Company

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 Denver, Colorado: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Purchasing Directly from 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 $150 per pallet when buying in bulk from sod farms near Denver, 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 Denver:
  • Mile High Sod Farm, Inc2900 W. Wesley Ave. Denver CO 80219 10 miles away
  • Emerald Sod Farms31581 E. 128th Ave. Commerce City, CO 80022 12 miles away
  • Colorado Turf Inc13210 Sable Blvd Brighton CO 80601 12 miles away
  • ScienTurfic Sod12442 Tower Rd Commerce City, CO 80022 13 miles away
  • Bittersweet Turf Farms30101 E 152nd Avenue Brighton, CO 80603 20 miles away
  • Green Valley Turf Company13159 N US-85 Littleton, CO 80125 20 miles away
  • Sunny Slope Sod Farm8646 N 119th St Longmont, CO 80504 28 miles away
  • Wolf Creek Farms LLC622 South County Road 149 Strasburg Colorado 28 miles away
  • Green Hills Sod Farm, Inc1283 County Rd 38 Berthoud, CO 80513 35 miles away
  • Bigfoot Turf22455 CR 49 • La Salle, CO 80645 42 miles away
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What else?

Other Factors that Affect Sod Cost in Denver

Sod Supplier & Distance Traveled

Denver has a population of roughly 699,288, which can be a double-edged sword when it comes to landscaping pricing. This means that sod companies in Denver may charge more to cover the cost of living in a larger city. But at the same time you will have more options to choose from, so make sure to get multiple quotes. Prices can vary wildly!

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 Denver 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 Denver?

As mentioned above, it depends on if you want the DIY or the white-glove approach, but it can range anywhere from $150 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 Denver, Colorado?

Cool season grasses grow best in Denver in the Fall and Spring.

How much is 200 square feet of sod in Denver?

If your goal is to get just 200 square feet of sod in Denver, 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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Amelia Anderson

Writer & Editor, SodCalculator.com

Avid gardener and passionate landscaper, Amelia brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to her readers. With a background in environmental studies, she combines her love for nature with her drive to create sustainable, picturesque outdoor spaces.

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