Quick Intro

Intro to Sod Grass in the Sarasota Area

Sarasota, FL typically has a warm and humid climate with temperatures hovering near 80 degrees in the summer and dipping slightly below 60 degrees in winter months. This climate is ideal for growing St. Augustine grass, which is the best warm season grass for the area.

It thrives in the hot, humid climate and requires minimal maintenance, making it an ideal grass for the area. It resists drought and disease and is a great choice for an easy and well-maintained lawn.

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

Sarasota Sod Cost Chart

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

BermudaZoysiaSt. AugustineBuffalo
500 sq ft$185 - $335$285 - $460$260 - $460$285 - $410
1000 sq ft$360 - $660$560 - $910$510 - $910$560 - $810
1500 sq ft$535 - $985$835 - $1360$760 - $1360$835 - $1210
2000 sq ft$710 - $1310$1110 - $1810$1010 - $1810$1110 - $1610
2500 sq ft$885 - $1635$1385 - $2260$1260 - $2260$1385 - $2010
3000 sq ft$1060 - $1960$1660 - $2710$1510 - $2710$1660 - $2410

*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 Sarasota?

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

Because the daytime temperature averages between 76° 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

76°

july is an

average time

to lay sod in Sarasota, FL

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 Sarasota, 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 Sarasota, 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 Sarasota, Florida: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Where to Buy Sod in Sarasota - 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 $160 per pallet when buying in bulk from sod farms near Sarasota, 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 Sarasota:
  • Sod World3110 59th Street Court West, Bradenton, Florida 34209 10 miles away
  • Florida Premier Turf Farms721 7th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221 12 miles away
  • Bayside Sod, Inc.15140 E SR-64 Bradenton, FL 34212 13 miles away
  • Bayside Sod Farm15140 State Road 64 E, Bradenton Florida 34211, United States 13 miles away
  • Dieter's Sod Service Inc2315 Zipperer Road Bradenton FL , 34212 14 miles away
  • Council Growers Sod2675 CR-579 Wimauma, FL 33598 27 miles away
  • Mccoy Sod2400 20th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713 32 miles away
  • Bethel Farms8780 NW Bethel Farms Road Arcadia, FL 34266 34 miles away
  • AgroTurf Premium Sod11810 Bullfrog Creek Rd Gibsonton, FL 33534 36 miles away
  • Bowling Green Sod FarmsJ5W6+GVC, Bowling Green, FL 33834 41 miles away

What else?

Other Factors that Affect Pricing in Sarasota

Sod Supplier & Delivery Distance

Tampa is the largest city within 100 miles of Sarasota. This means that Tampa lawn companies near Sarasota may charge more to cover the cost to travel to your property. But at the same time you will have more options to choose from, so make sure to get multiple quotes. We've seen how 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 Sarasota 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 Sarasota?

As mentioned above, it depends on if you want the DIY or the white-glove approach, but it can range anywhere from $160 to $555 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 Sarasota, Florida?

Warm season grasses grow best in Sarasota 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 Sarasota?

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