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unit28
04-02-2007, 05:00 PM
Is there a formula for pricing?


I have an estimate for sodding the entire property with bluegrass.
A new resident bought a neglected home that's 3 years old.
The front is new dead sod.
The back is a quagmire of atrocious weeds


the front is nice and leveled, old sod needs to be pulled up.
the back is not leveled but is flat[ish] and full of tall weeds.

I need 2200 square yards of sod.
The process will be extreme.

Front -
pull old sod, roundup the weeds, add soil amenment, till it to 2" ,rake out debri, add starter fert, throw down new sod.

Back -
Mow and bag
roundup
till
rake debri
till to 4-6"
add amendment
till to 2"
rake debri and level
add starter fert
throw down new sod

Too Much Work? The back yard is nastier than the backwoods
of Boggy Creek


As far as the equipment, I'll be renting it.
The sod is 1.24 per sq yard

How would you do it, and what's a good way to process the numbers to for a price?

Thanks in advance.

bahamamills
04-02-2007, 05:07 PM
Just curious on how you plan to till it or with what. Not sure I understand why you need to pull the old sod unless you are tilling all by hand.

unit28
04-02-2007, 05:14 PM
Would this work?



Sod - we incorporate extra for damaged or flawed sod
Yards _______ $ __________ Type ___________
Debris - Removal per trailer or placed on site $_____________
Soil Preparation Mow, Bag, Irradicate, Till , Rake - remove rocks and debris, Amend soil, Till again, Final grade $___________________
Install Includes - Laying, Rolling $___________________________
Water - customer has been instructed to do so_______________
You should water your new lawn every day for the first week (except, of course, on rainy days) and a couple of times a day if the weather is especially hot.
After the first week, gradually begin stretching out the times between watering, as this encourages the roots to grow downward, seeking moisture deeper in the soil. However, make sure you water deeply.
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I guess these are the ones that concearns me.
How would you figure these?



Soil Preparation Mow, Bag, Irradicate, Till , Rake - remove rocks and debris, Amend soil, Till again, Final grade $___________________
Install Includes - Laying, Rolling $___________________________

unit28
04-02-2007, 05:16 PM
Just curious on how you plan to till it or with what. Not sure I understand why you need to pull the old sod unless you are tilling all by hand.


I was just making it easier to get the new sod down.
If I can just till it i I will,.
It's dead.
I'll be using a tractor with a tiller mostly.

or I can use a sod cutter to remove it...I dunno.

mini14
04-02-2007, 07:17 PM
ive been laying new sod over old for many years now, i just dont see the need to remove the old if the ground isnt full of divits or way above grade. sod will grow on concrete forever if kept watered are u just trying to ad extra $$$ to the bill ?

unit28
04-02-2007, 07:39 PM
ive been laying new sod over old for many years now, i just dont see the need to remove the old if the ground isnt full of divits or way above grade. sod will grow on concrete forever if kept watered are u just trying to ad extra $$$ to the bill ?

Yes and No.
#1 I'm getting big jobs like this and bigger.
So I want to get in and out asap.

We all should strive to do quality work and get paid for it.
I just want it to grow well, without an unhappy customer

If just throwing the new sod down will make it grow on top of the old.
I'm all for it.

Time is money so, if I can shorten this job up, I will.
I'm sure I can just upcharge the sod and other aspects pertaining to the job
to make out financially well ahead and not behind.



Thank you for the advice.

bahamamills
04-02-2007, 08:08 PM
I think you will be fine just to kill then till drag and pack some. the dead turf will actually help with the growth of the new. If you use a 3-pt till it will pulverize what ever is left there. Same with the back if you have enough soil kill, till, lime and fertilize if needed and you should be ready.

I would think you would kill yourself on time if you do the rest. Estimate for the job and as you had put the quote "Soil Prep" which can be the kill, till and fertilize etc..

SDNCLAWNCARE
04-03-2007, 08:44 AM
I would always remove the old sod. I just think that is the better way of doing a sod job. Prepping the soil is the hardest part of the job. I did a small sod job over the past weekend, turned out real nice.

unit28
04-03-2007, 09:03 AM
Thank you all for the replys.
I have a few weeks to do it.
The sod won't be ready for a few weeks and......
It's snowing again:cry: