Quick Intro

Laying sod in Orlando

Orlando, FL has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot and humid summers and mild to warm winters.

This climate is generally favorable for growing grass and other greenery, but it does require some maintenance to keep it looking healthy.

The most popular varieties of grass for this region are St. Augustine, Zoysia and Bermuda, all of which are drought tolerant, naturally resistant to pests, heat and humidity, and cold hardy enough to withstand occasional frost.

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

Orlando 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 Orlando?

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

Because the daytime temperature averages between 58° and 79° degrees fahrenheit, the sod will be able to take root and grow quickly.

Average high in february

79°

Average low in february

58°

february is a

good time

to lay sod in Orlando, 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 Orlando, Florida?

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

Price Considerations

Orlando Sod DIY Installation vs. Hiring a Sod Company

When it comes to sodding your new lawn in Orlando, 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 Orlando, 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 Orlando, 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 Orlando:
  • Pro Sod4628 Old Goldenrod Rd, Orlando FL, 32822 5 miles away
  • 1 Stop Sod & Landscaping, Inc6401 Hoffner Ave Orlando, FL 32822 6 miles away
  • Lake Jem Farms14200 E Colonial Dr. Suite C Orlando, FL 32826 11 miles away
  • Hilltop Sod1911 GREEN DRAGON DR, SAINT CLOUD, FL 34771 12 miles away
  • Jay's Sod & Landscape519 INDIANA AVE, SAINT CLOUD, FL 34769 12 miles away
  • Palm City Sod of Central Florida1500 Orange Ave Saint Cloud, FL 34769 13 miles away
  • Duda Sod1200 Duda Trail Oviedo, FL 32765 16 miles away
  • Lake Jem Farms6046 Old Winter Garden Road – Orlando, FL 32835 16 miles away
  • Sod Depot4929 N Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL. 32810 17 miles away
  • S & K Sod Company, Inc4100 Canoe Creek Rd Saint Cloud, FL 34772 18 miles away
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What else?

Other Factors that Affect Sod Cost in Orlando

Sod Supplier & Distance Traveled

Orlando has a population of roughly 312,280, which can be a double-edged sword when it comes to landscaping pricing. This means that sod companies in Orlando 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 Orlando 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 Orlando?

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 Orlando, Florida?

Warm season grasses grow best in Orlando 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 Orlando?

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