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How much does a roll of sod weigh?

by Jackson White

Sods make an incredibly quick and easy way to create a beautiful lawn for your home. It takes a good deal of work and time to achieve a well grown sod.

A sod is ideally a fully grown grass turf that is installed in a prepared patch of soil to create a lawn. Often times, a regular yard of 600 square feet needs a total of 60 rolls of sod to create a full lawn. Sods can be made from different grass types, and each one presents a different characteristic depending on such features as root depth and amount of moisture in the soil. On average, one sod of grass weighs between 15 and 30 pounds. The weight variance of the sod is largely dependent on the moisture content of the soil.

What are the dimensions of one sod of turf?

You will notice that every sod is the exact same size, and this is largely because sod harvesting is mechanized. A sod harvester comes with the ability to make the same cut for each sod, and it can come in one of two configurations; mini roll harvesting and slab harvesting. A mini roll sod harvester creates a small roll of each sod while a slab harvester leaves the sod flat, and layers them gently on top of each other. Whether harvested by a mini roller or a slab harvester, each roll or slab of sod measures 2 feet wide by 5 feet long. With such a sod, you can easily self-install a lawn or hire a professional to get the job done.

However, there is a special type of sod called a big sod. This particular type is quite large, and can cover an area as large as 315 square feet. Due to their size, big sods cannot be installed by hand, and you would require a big roll installer for successful installation. A big sod weighs an approximate 1,500 pounds, an equivalent of 50 to 100 regular sods.

Usually, sod is sold and transported in pallets. One pallet of sod weighs anything between 1,500 pounds and 3,000 pounds. Just like one sod’s weight, the weight of a pallet of sods varies due to the amount of moisture in the soil. With this kind of weight, you can be able to transport one pallet of sod on a pick-up truck with ease. However, if your lawn is large and you need more two or three pallets of sod, you may have to get a large truck or a tandem-axel trailer to transport it.

Choosing the best sod based on your region

Even though sod weighs pretty much the same across the board, not all types of sod are ideal for all regions. There are warm temperature sods that do well in warmer areas, and there are cool season grasses that thrive in cooler regions. Below is a brief breakdown.

Name of grass
Type of grass
Main features
Main region
Kentucky Bluegrass sod
Cool season turf grass
Shallow roots, spreads via horizontal rhizomes, has rich emerald green color, high maintenance
Northern regions
Zoysia sod
Warm season turf grass
Perennial, great drought resistance, low maintenance, spreads horizontally through stolons, deep root system
North western, western and southern regions
Bermuda grass sod
Warm season turf grass
Perennial, high drought tolerance, high injury recovery, low tolerance to cold
Southern regions
Centipede sod
Warm season turf grass
Low maintenance, high drought resistance, low nutrient requirements
South eastern regions
Tall fescue sod
Cool season turf grass
High heat and drought resistance, high disease and pest resistance, high injury recovery, grows in bunches
Northern regions

How to calculate the amount of sod you need

To establish the number of sods you need to fill your lawn, you have to measure its length and width in feet. Multiply the values to get the size in square feet.

L X W = Square Feet

Proceed to divide this value by 9 to see how many slabs or rolls of sod you are going to need.

Are Mini hand rolls ideal for use?

Mini handrolls are small rolls of sod that can be used for lawns that are pretty small. Usually, they are used for small strips of lawn, and they are often times half the size of a regular sod. A mini hand roll sod covers only 5 square feet and filling a massive lawn with these can be quite hard.

Final thoughts

Using sod to create a lawn can be quite expensive, but on the flip side, you will have yourself a fully grown and lush lawn in a matter of three weeks. For successful installation, have the right measurements taken and select the best type of sod based on your region.

FAQs

Does a newly installed sod need lots of water?

Yes, it does. You need to give it loads of water to ensure the roots establish themselves well and that the grass does not dry out before achieving the right root depth.

What is the average thickness of sod?

An average roll or slab of sod measures about 5/8 inches thick.

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