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Old 08-07-2017, 05:08 PM   #1
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How many people should I hire to lay sod?


It's 7 pallets that are 400 sqft each. I would like to get it laid down pretty quick. Would two people off of craigslist be enough? I guess it should be laid down within 4 hours.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:12 PM   #2
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Assuming all the work to the work to the ground has been done, laying down sod goes very quick. Guys will likely spend more time moving the sod from the pallet to the lawn area than actually putting it down. So try to have the pallets placed as close as possible to where they are going to be used.

2 guys should be plenty. Make sure they (or you) walk on the sod to seat it into the dirt, particularly along the edges.
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I would hire 3 so there would be one guy in charge of Adult Beverages.
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Not sure where you are located, but around here, early September is considered to be a better time to start a lawn than early August.
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If you were around here, I would offer my sympathies at hiring anyone for anything. No one wants to work, especially hard. I should think hiring 2, plus you supervising would work well. Pay them well for short term work like that. They will appreciate you more for it, and you will have an automatic labor pool to draw from if you ever need work done again.
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Why hire from Craigslist ? Did you ask about installers or check the bulletin board at the sod supplier ? Make sure at least ONE helper has done this before.....a lot. Lots of little tricks involved to get edges tight and to trim odd dimensions. Re-grade as you go, because footprints will appear in your path. Dunno about stepping on sod...some like to use a roller with 1/3 water in it. Is there some 5-10-10 already in the soil ? Hope so.

Does not have to be laid in 4 hours....you can wet/mist sod occasionally. Did you get thick sod ? You can unroll sod, water and keep overnight....and roll back up for install next day. Hopefully, you can unroll a piece or two from each pallet before accepting delivery. Yellow color is not good.
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