How much Does a Pallet of Sod Weigh? This is What You Need to Know!
Sod, also called turf, is the form of grass typically used for improving the appearance of lawns, yards, and other similar spaces covered with bare soil. It is bought in rolls measuring a few square yards.
However, sod not only contains the actual grass but also a thin sheet of soil that holds the roots. This way, the grass grows faster and adapts better to your lawn.
The most frequently asked question is “how much does a pallet of sod weigh?”. The answer is most important for transportation purposes and is determined by several different factors. For more information about sod pallets and weights, check out the next sections!
Benefits Of Sod
There are many uses for sod such as:
- For covering the ground in sports stadiums, golf courses, or lawns
- Protecting bare land areas from soil erosion
- For landscaping in residential homes and other construction purposes
- To repair patches of golf courses, athletic fields, or lawns that have dried out or died
- Cooling system for large areas of land
- Improving the quality of water and air
- Aids in water drainage and flood prevention
- Providing a roofing system in traditional houses in places like Iceland and Scandinavia
- Making sod bricks which serve as materials for building dense sod houses
Why It’s Important To Know How Much A Pallet Of Sod Weighs
Pallets are generally used to sell, transport, and measure sod. A pallet can contain sod to cover areas that are 450 to 500 square feet.
Because sod is often sold in pallets, knowing how much a pallet of sod weighs as well as other basic information about it is important in planning and establishing a turfed area. It also helps in determining the appropriate mode of transportation for the delivery of sod pallets.
Oftentimes, pallets of sod are delivered in flatbed trucks, but some people prefer to transport them using their own cars or vehicles. Therefore, knowing how much they weigh will help avoid overloading which can lead to road accidents and other potential car problems.
So how much does a pallet of sod weigh?
The weight of a pallet of sod can range from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds with most of them weighing around 2,000 pounds and each piece weighing about 35 to 45 pounds. This varies based on several factors such as:
- The amount of soil the sod contains
The soil attached to the roots of the sod grass can add to their weight.Some sod is manufactured to be heavier than other sod by having more soil underneath. This is a way for the manufacturer to ensure that the grass will hold together better and will be able to adapt and thrive in a new environment where it will be installed.
- The size of the pallet
The size of a pallet also affects the total weight of the sod. This also determines how many pieces of sod a pallet can contain.Typically, a 450 square feet pallet weighs 2,000 to 2,500 pounds while a 500 square feet pallet can be as heavy as 3,000 pounds or more.
- Moisture content of the soil
The moisture content of the soil also affects the weight of the sod. Of course, sod that is wetter will weigh much more than dry ones. Wet sod can weigh around 30 to 40 pounds for each square yard.
However, I suggest not buying sod that is dry because this will make it harder for the grass to grow well. Dry soil can also kill, damage, or reduce the quality of the grass especially if you plan to transport it through longer distances.
Some varieties or species of grass also require higher soil moisture contents than others and therefore weigh more. In fact, a type of sod called Zenith Zoysia can weigh about 3,000 to 3,200 pounds per one pallet.
- Manufacturers and Sod Yardage
Different suppliers produce different square yardage of sod ranging from 50 to 75 square yards per pallet. In square feet, these converts to around 450 to 675 square feet, which can cover a land that’s about 40 to 61 square meters.
Of course, a larger yardage means more sod and thus, heavier pallets.For example, Fulton Grass produces pallets of sod weighing between 2,000 to 2,500 pounds, covering an approximate space of 450 square feet.
Aldino Sod Farms, on the other hand, estimates their pallets of sod to weigh between 1,500 to 3,000 pounds. A full pallet from this farm comes with 100 sod pieces weighing 15 to 30 pounds each.
This covers around 500 square feet of land.Another sod supplier, Easton Sod, estimates a single pallet enough to cover 500 square feet of land to weigh 1,800 pounds, which is considered light.
- Handling and Transporting Sod Pallets
Given the weight of a pallet of sod, transportation becomes a little complicated. If you want to pick it up yourself, you will need a vehicle that can carry anything between 1,500 to 3,000 pounds which is almost a ton to a ton and a half. Also, be prepared for the mess.
To help you picture the amount of weight your vehicle needs to carry, here is a breakdown:
- Wet sod can weigh 30 to 40 pounds per square yard
- Each pallet contains 50 to 75 square yards of sod
- Each pallet weighs 1,500 to 3,000 pounds
- The capacity of a medium sized care is about 150 to 400 pounds, which converts to 5 to 10 square yards.
- A pickup or a half-ton truck can handle 500 pounds to 1000 pounds, which converts to about 20 to 25 square yards of sod (which is half a pallet)
- A one-ton truck carries 1,500 to 2000 pounds which roughly equates to a single pallet.
Therefore, you should consider which vehicle is best to use to transport or pick up a pallet of sod as well as the distance to be traveled. Personally, I’d prefer to have it delivered to me rather than making several trips using my own truck.
For more information about sod weight and transport, check out this video from Houston Grass:
So, how much does a pallet of sod weigh? Generally anywhere between 1,500 and 3,000 pounds, with each square yard piece weighing 30 to 40 pounds. More soil, a bigger pallet, higher soil moisture, and more square yards of sod per pallet makes it heavier.
For easier transport of sod, consider:
- the weight of the sod
- the type of vehicle to use
- the distance from the supplier to your lawn.
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