Quick Intro

Intro to Sod Grass in the Fort Walton Beach Area

Fort Walton Beach, FL has a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and mild winters, which makes it very suitable for growing warm-season grasses. The most popular types of grasses in Fort Walton Beach are Bermuda, Bahia and Zoysia.

These grasses typically require full sun, moderate amounts of moisture, and can tolerate some salt. Bermuda grass is especially popular in this area due to its drought tolerance and coarse texture.

Bahia and Zoysia grasses also enjoy the humid subtropical climate, requiring less watering and maintenance than other grasses and providing a lush, green lawn with excellent weed resistance.

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

Fort Walton Beach Sod Cost Chart

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

BermudaZoysiaSt. AugustineBuffalo
500 sq ft$165 - $315$265 - $440$240 - $440$265 - $390
1000 sq ft$340 - $640$540 - $890$490 - $890$540 - $790
1500 sq ft$515 - $965$815 - $1340$740 - $1340$815 - $1190
2000 sq ft$690 - $1290$1090 - $1790$990 - $1790$1090 - $1590
2500 sq ft$865 - $1615$1365 - $2240$1240 - $2240$1365 - $1990
3000 sq ft$1040 - $1940$1640 - $2690$1490 - $2690$1640 - $2390

*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 Fort Walton Beach?

As you can see in our handy chart below, may is generally a great time to lay sod in Fort Walton Beach.

Because the daytime temperature averages between 69° and 78° degrees fahrenheit, the sod will be able to take root and grow quickly.

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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 Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the best sods to grow are warm-season grasses. Below is a list of these grasses and their ballpark prices:

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Price Considerations

DIY vs. Hiring a Sod Installation Company

When it comes to sodding your new lawn in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 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 Fort Walton Beach, Florida: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Where to Buy Sod in Fort Walton Beach - Local FL 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 Fort Walton Beach, 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 Fort Walton Beach:
  • Allied Sod Farms212-1/6 SE Hollywood Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 1 miles away
  • Dewey Carter’s Sod Farm5786 Highway 90 | Milton, FL 32583 30 miles away
  • Green Grass Sod Farms14256 State Highway 81 Bruce, FL 32455 42 miles away
  • Gulf Kist Sod3025 W Nine Mile Rd, Pensacola, FL 32534 43 miles away
  • Haber Sod Farms31401 W Maidmont Ln Lillian, AL 36549 52 miles away
  • Suncoast Sod Farms, Inc6582 Jimmy Sellers Road, Jay, FL 32565 54 miles away
  • Kleinschmidt Farms25735 Kleinschmidt Rd, Elberta, AL 36530 58 miles away
  • Salzmann Turf Farm15601 county road 87 Elberta, AL 36530 58 miles away
  • Green Grass Sod Farms877 Sod Road Samson, AL 36477 58 miles away
  • McCall Sod Farm2704 Maulden Road, Southport, FL 32409 59 miles away

What else?

Other Factors that Affect Pricing in Fort Walton Beach

Sod Supplier & Delivery Distance

Because there aren't any large metropolitan cities near Fort Walton Beach 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 Fort Walton Beach 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 Fort Walton Beach?

As mentioned above, it depends on if you want the DIY or the white-glove approach, but it can range anywhere from $150 to $545 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 Fort Walton Beach, Florida?

Warm season grasses grow best in Fort Walton Beach 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 Fort Walton Beach?

If your goal is to get just 200 square feet of sod in Fort Walton Beach, 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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