Quick Intro

Laying sod in Charleston

The climate in Charleston, SC is classically humid and subtropical, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The area sees an average annual rainfall of 46 inches with the heaviest amount of precipitation occurring mostly in the summer months from May to August.

Due to the high levels of humidity and rainfall, the best types of grass for the Charleston area are Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass, and Zoysiagrass. These are all warm-season grasses that can withstand and thrive in the heat, humidity, and rain of the Charleston area.

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

BermudaZoysiaSt. AugustineBuffalo
500 sq ft$175 - $325$275 - $450$250 - $450$275 - $400
1000 sq ft$350 - $650$550 - $900$500 - $900$550 - $800
1500 sq ft$525 - $975$825 - $1350$750 - $1350$825 - $1200
2000 sq ft$700 - $1300$1100 - $1800$1000 - $1800$1100 - $1600
2500 sq ft$875 - $1625$1375 - $2250$1250 - $2250$1375 - $2000
3000 sq ft$1050 - $1950$1650 - $2700$1500 - $2700$1650 - $2400

*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 Charleston?

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

Because the daytime temperature averages between 46° and 67° 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

67°

Average low in february

46°

february is an

average time

to lay sod in Charleston, SC

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 Charleston, South Carolina?

Because of the climate in Charleston, South Carolina, the best sods to grow are warm-season grasses. Below is a list of these grasses and their ballpark prices:

Price Considerations

Charleston Sod DIY Installation vs. Hiring a Sod Company

When it comes to sodding your new lawn in Charleston, South 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 Charleston, South 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 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.

Interested in going the farm route?

Here are the 8 closest sod farms to Charleston:
  • Carolina Fresh Farms2505 Savannah Hwy Charleston, SC 29414 6 miles away
  • Nimmer Turf Farm Inc1131 Hwy 41 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 10 miles away
  • Sod Solutions5181 N Highway 17 Awendaw, SC, 29429-4942 17 miles away
  • Carolina Fresh Farms2203 Bacons Bridge Road Summerville, SC 29485 17 miles away
  • Nimmer Turf Farm Inc1514 State Rd, Summerville, SC 29483 21 miles away
  • Nimmer Turf Farm Inc35 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort, SC 52 miles away
  • Willshire Farms Inc240 Planters Trace Road Santee, SC 29142 55 miles away
  • Nimmer Turf Farm Inc27 Old Wild Horse Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 62 miles away
How much will it cost me?
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What else?

Other Factors that Affect Sod Cost in Charleston

Sod Supplier & Distance Traveled

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 $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 Charleston, South Carolina?

Warm season grasses grow best in Charleston 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 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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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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