Quick Intro

Laying sod in Charlotte

The climate in Charlotte, NC is humid subtropical, meaning it experiences hot and humid summers as well as cold and mild winters. This type of climate is ideal for warm season grasses, such as Bermuda, centipede grass, St. Augustine, and zoysia.

These grasses are more tolerant of the hot and humid climate and can withstand the heat better than cool season grasses. They typically need consistent watering and sunny areas to reach their full growth potential.

During the cooler winter months, some of these warm season grasses may go dormant and turn a light yellowish-brown color.

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

Charlotte 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 a good time to lay sod in Charlotte?

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

Because the daytime temperature averages between 39° and 60° 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 february

60°

Average low in february

39°

february is an

average time

to lay sod in Charlotte, NC

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 Charlotte, North Carolina?

Because of the climate in Charlotte, North Carolina, the best sods to grow are transition grasses. Below is a list of these grasses and their ballpark prices:

Price Considerations

Charlotte Sod DIY Installation vs. Hiring a Sod Company

When it comes to sodding your new lawn in Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 Charlotte, North Carolina: 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 Charlotte, 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 5 closest sod farms to Charlotte:
  • Carolina Fresh Farms4372 Old York Road Rock Hill, SC 29732 21 miles away
  • AFH Greenview Sod Farms389 Patterson Farm Road, Mooresville, NC 28115 22 miles away
  • Rocky River Sod Farms7229 Lonnie Little Rd, Marshville, NC 28103 30 miles away
  • Piedmont Turf Farm1890 HW Farm Road Maiden, North Carolina 28650 34 miles away
  • Turf Connections2434 Brocks Mill Road Cheraw, SC 29520 58 miles away
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What else?

Other Factors that Affect Sod Cost in Charlotte

Sod Supplier & Distance Traveled

Charlotte has a population of roughly 885,663, which can be a double-edged sword when it comes to landscaping pricing. This means that sod companies in Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte?

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 Charlotte, North Carolina?

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

How much is 200 square feet of sod in Charlotte?

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