Quick Intro

Intro to Sod Grass in the Charleston Area

The climate in Charleston, Illinois is typically temperate, with warm and humid summers and cold, dry winters. Average temperature ranges range from 16 to 29 degrees Celsius (60 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit).

This range allows a variety of grasses to be grown in the area, including cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescues, as well as warm-season grasses, such as bermudagrass and zoysia. Due to the frequent seasonal changes and wet weather, it is important to choose a grass seed that is well-suited to the local environment so that it can withstand drought, disease, and pests.

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

Charleston Sod Cost Chart

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

Kentucky BluegrassTall FescuePerennial RyegrassFine Fescue
500 sq ft$165 - $340$290 - $415$140 - $315$215 - $365
1000 sq ft$340 - $690$590 - $840$290 - $640$440 - $740
1500 sq ft$515 - $1040$890 - $1265$440 - $965$665 - $1115
2000 sq ft$690 - $1390$1190 - $1690$590 - $1290$890 - $1490
2500 sq ft$865 - $1740$1490 - $2115$740 - $1615$1115 - $1865
3000 sq ft$1040 - $2090$1790 - $2540$890 - $1940$1340 - $2240

*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 Charleston?

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

Because the daytime temperature averages between 64° and 83° 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 june

83°

Average low in june

64°

june is an

average time

to lay sod in Charleston, IL

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 Charleston, Illinois, the best sods to grow are cool-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 Charleston, Illinois, 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 Charleston, Illinois: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Where to Buy Sod in Charleston - Local IL 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 $145 per pallet when buying in bulk from sod farms near Charleston, 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.

Unfortunately, we don't know of any sod farms near Charleston currently. If you know of one that should be listed, please let us know by reaching out to support@sodcalculator.com and we will add it for free.

What else?

Other Factors that Affect Pricing in Charleston

Sod Supplier & Delivery Distance

Because there aren't any large metropolitan cities near Charleston 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 Charleston 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 Charleston?

As mentioned above, it depends on if you want the DIY or the white-glove approach, but it can range anywhere from $145 to $540 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 Charleston, Illinois?

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

How much is 200 square feet of sod in Charleston?

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