Quick Intro

Intro to Sod Grass in the South Charleston Area

The climate in South Charleston, WV is classified as Humid Subtropical, meaning the summers are hot and humid and the winters are cool. The average temperature in South Charleston is 51°F in the winter and 79°F in the summer.

The growing season typically lasts around 200 days per year. Due to its humid subtropical climate, South Charleston is best suited for warm-season grasses such as Zoysia, St. Augustine, Centipede, Bermuda, and Bahiagrass.

These grasses are able to tolerate the intense heat and humidity in the summer while still holding up well through the winter months. Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass, are not well-suited for the climate in South Charleston and will struggle to withstand intense summer heat.

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

South Charleston Sod Cost Chart

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

BermudaKentucky BluegrassZoysiaTall Fescue
500 sq ft$185 - $335$185 - $360$285 - $460$310 - $435
1000 sq ft$360 - $660$360 - $710$560 - $910$610 - $860
1500 sq ft$535 - $985$535 - $1060$835 - $1360$910 - $1285
2000 sq ft$710 - $1310$710 - $1410$1110 - $1810$1210 - $1710
2500 sq ft$885 - $1635$885 - $1760$1385 - $2260$1510 - $2135
3000 sq ft$1060 - $1960$1060 - $2110$1660 - $2710$1810 - $2560

*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 South Charleston?

As you can see in our handy chart below, july is generally a great time to lay sod in South Charleston.

Because the daytime temperature averages between 66° and 87° degrees fahrenheit, the sod will be able to take root and grow quickly.

Average high in july

87°

Average low in july

66°

july is a

good time

to lay sod in South Charleston, WV

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 South Charleston, West Virginia, 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 South Charleston, West Virginia, 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 South Charleston, West Virginia: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Where to Buy Sod in South Charleston - Local WV 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 South 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 South 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 South Charleston

Sod Supplier & Delivery Distance

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

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 South Charleston, West Virginia?

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

How much is 200 square feet of sod in South Charleston?

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