Quick Intro

Intro to Sod Grass in the Rochester Area

The climate in Rochester, MI is seasonal, with hot summers, cool winters and mild springs and falls. Average summer temperatures range around 80°F (27°C) while winter temperatures average around 28°F (-2°C). The average annual precipitation is 30 inches (75 cm), with most falling as snow during the winter months.

The climate and weather conditions in Rochester allow for a number of different turfgrasses to grow. In order to get the most out of the climate, a blend of cool- and warm-season grasses is the best route. Cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass grow best during the cooler months and tolerate the hot summer temperatures.

Warm-season grasses like zoysiagrass and bermudagrass do best in the warmer temperatures and can survive the winter months when covered with snow.

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

Rochester Sod Cost Chart

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

Kentucky BluegrassTall FescuePerennial RyegrassFine Fescue
500 sq ft$185 - $360$310 - $435$160 - $335$235 - $385
1000 sq ft$360 - $710$610 - $860$310 - $660$460 - $760
1500 sq ft$535 - $1060$910 - $1285$460 - $985$685 - $1135
2000 sq ft$710 - $1410$1210 - $1710$610 - $1310$910 - $1510
2500 sq ft$885 - $1760$1510 - $2135$760 - $1635$1135 - $1885
3000 sq ft$1060 - $2110$1810 - $2560$910 - $1960$1360 - $2260

*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 Rochester?

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

Because the daytime temperature averages between 63° and 84° 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

84°

Average low in july

63°

july is an

average time

to lay sod in Rochester, MI

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 Rochester, Michigan, 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 Rochester, Michigan, 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 Rochester, Michigan: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Where to Buy Sod in Rochester - Local MI 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester:
  • A-1 Trombley Sod Farms14410 29 Mile Rd. Washington MI 48094 6 miles away
  • Brayford Sod FarmsP.O. Box 831 Alliston, ON L9R 1V9 10 miles away
  • Kogelmann's Creek Side Sod Farm20820 26 Mile Rd Macomb, MI 48042 13 miles away
  • King RanchPO BOX 1210 BELLE GLADE 33430 26 miles away
  • DeBuck's Sod Farm12163 E Lippincott Blvd Davison, MI 48423 28 miles away
  • De Buck's Sod Farm12163 Lippincott Blvd. Davison, MI 48423 28 miles away
  • Meadowbrook Acres Sod Farm8015 Park Place Brighton, MI 48116 32 miles away
  • Hillcrest Sod Farm32609 Pennsylvania Rd Romulus, MI 48174 37 miles away
  • New Lawn Sod Farm50200 Martz Road Belleville, Michigan 48111 41 miles away
  • Huggett Sod Farm Inc4111 Marlette Rd. Marlette, MI 48453 45 miles away

What else?

Other Factors that Affect Pricing in Rochester

Sod Supplier & Delivery Distance

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

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 Rochester, Michigan?

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

How much is 200 square feet of sod in Rochester?

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