Quick Intro

Intro to Sod Grass in the Madison Area

Madison, IN has a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters and hot and often humid summers. The climate is ideal for growing warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass and Zoysiagrass.

These types of grasses grow well in warm temperatures and need light and moderate amounts of water in order to thrive. Cool season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass, can also be grown in Madison, but they require more water and will go dormant in the summer.

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

Madison Sod Cost Chart

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

BermudaKentucky BluegrassZoysiaTall Fescue
500 sq ft$175 - $325$175 - $350$275 - $450$300 - $425
1000 sq ft$350 - $650$350 - $700$550 - $900$600 - $850
1500 sq ft$525 - $975$525 - $1050$825 - $1350$900 - $1275
2000 sq ft$700 - $1300$700 - $1400$1100 - $1800$1200 - $1700
2500 sq ft$875 - $1625$875 - $1750$1375 - $2250$1500 - $2125
3000 sq ft$1050 - $1950$1050 - $2100$1650 - $2700$1800 - $2550

*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 Madison?

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

Because the daytime temperature averages between 69° and 87° 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

87°

Average low in july

69°

july is an

average time

to lay sod in Madison, IN

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 Madison, Indiana, the best sods to grow are transition grasses. Below is a list of these grasses and their ballpark prices:

How much will it cost me?
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Price Considerations

DIY vs. Hiring a Sod Installation Company

When it comes to sodding your new lawn in Madison, Indiana, 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 Madison, Indiana: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Where to Buy Sod in Madison - Local IN 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 $155 per pallet when buying in bulk from sod farms near Madison, 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 9 closest sod farms to Madison:
  • Hoosier Turf Sod Farms400 HWY 203 Marysville, Indiana 47141 18 miles away
  • Mink Turf Farms6458 W HWY 146 Crestwood, KY 40014 28 miles away
  • Uhl Turf Farms809 Fairview Rd Memphis, IN 47143 29 miles away
  • Clegg & Sons' Farms6739 E CO RD 950 N Seymour, IN 47274 33 miles away
  • Myers Sod Farm1519 E County Road 600 N Seymour, IN 47274 36 miles away
  • Bramer Sod Farms, Inc1300 S Beckley Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40245, USA 38 miles away
  • Superior Turf-Sod Farm111 Picketts Dam Rd Shelbyville, KY 40065-9208 43 miles away
  • Crain Sod2787 Murray Rd. Taylorsville, KY 40071 52 miles away
  • Motz Turf Farms6280 Clough Pike Cincinnati, OH 45244 60 miles away

What else?

Other Factors that Affect Pricing in Madison

Sod Supplier & Delivery Distance

Indianapolis is the largest city within 100 miles of Madison. This means that Indianapolis lawn companies near Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison?

As mentioned above, it depends on if you want the DIY or the white-glove approach, but it can range anywhere from $155 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 Madison, Indiana?

Cool season grasses grow best in Madison in the Fall and Spring. Warm season grasses grow best in the Summer.

How much is 200 square feet of sod in Madison?

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