Quick Intro

Laying sod in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL has a subtropical climate, with mild winters and hot, humid summers. This climate makes it an ideal location to grow warm-season grasses like bermudagrass, St. Augustine grass, centipede grass, and zoysia grass.

All these grass types are well-suited to the soils and climate of Jacksonville, and they can withstand the region’s high heat and humidity. Cold-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass can also be grown in Jacksonville, given the right conditions and proper maintenance.

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

Jacksonville 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 a good time to lay sod in Jacksonville?

As you can see in our handy chart below, february is generally a great time to lay sod in Jacksonville.

Because the daytime temperature averages between 52° and 72° degrees fahrenheit, the sod will be able to take root and grow quickly.

Average high in february

72°

Average low in february

52°

february is a

good time

to lay sod in Jacksonville, FL

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 Jacksonville, Florida?

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

Price Considerations

Jacksonville Sod DIY Installation vs. Hiring a Sod Company

When it comes to sodding your new lawn in Jacksonville, Florida, 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 Jacksonville, Florida: 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 Jacksonville, 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 Jacksonville:
  • Rountree Sod Services, Inc3636 Pheonix Ave Jacksonville, FL 32206 2 miles away
  • The Sod Lot9171 103rd St. Jacksonville, FL 32210 11 miles away
  • A1 Sod of Jacksonville11607 Columbia Park Dr. E., Jacksonville, FL 32258 14 miles away
  • The Sod Lot463095 FL-200 Yulee, FL 32097 21 miles away
  • Jax SodP.O. Box 3 Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 24 miles away
  • Turfpro Services, IncPO Box 2888, Belle Glade, Florida, 33430 32 miles away
  • The Sod Lot310 FL-16, St. Augustine, FL 32084 35 miles away
  • Tater Farms9350 Hastings Blvd Hastings, FL 32145 47 miles away
  • Smith & Sons Sod Co Inc4661 W State Road 238 Lake Butler FL 32054 58 miles away
  • Thompson's Sod5104 NW 109th Ln Gainesville, FL 32653 60 miles away
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What else?

Other Factors that Affect Sod Cost in Jacksonville

Sod Supplier & Distance Traveled

Jacksonville has a population of roughly 962,970, which can be a double-edged sword when it comes to landscaping pricing. This means that sod companies in Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville in the winter, you can sometimes get deals in the off-season.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

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 Jacksonville, Florida?

Warm season grasses grow best in Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville?

If your goal is to get just 200 square feet of sod in Jacksonville, 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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