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dcusk1971
08-04-2009, 10:24 PM
OK I'm hoping someone can help me out with my lawn. We purchased a new house back in April and our lawn is basically all weeds right now. I want to renovate it in the fall but want to know the best steps. Basically our soil from what I understand from a landscaper is not good and it's compacted hard clay. He wants to aerate the lawn, put seed down and then cover the entire lawn with mushroom soil and then seed on top of that. It's very expensive and others have told me it's not necessary. Does anyone have any advice for me as to what is the best steps to building a nice thick green lawn. We also some uneven spots that need to be filled to even it out. I really appreciate any assistance.

bigslick7878
08-05-2009, 03:52 AM
To simply kill, aerate and overseed while topdressing with the mushroom soil should not be that expensive per square foot.

How much lawn are we talking about here?

Pics would help too.

Smallaxe
08-05-2009, 12:16 PM
If you have hard compacted clay and uneven spots with lots of weeds. Why not just till it up mixing in soil ammendments as you go? Sandy compost would be good to add.

dcusk1971
08-05-2009, 04:06 PM
I'm on a 1/2 acre but he only was going top dress from the back of the house in which is approx 1/4 acre. I attached a few pics.

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Smallaxe
08-06-2009, 09:02 AM
I always do the aeration, composting and overseeding. Looks to me that that would be an adequate strategy here, in a couple of weeks.
Be sure to get the compost into the plugged holes b4 overseeding.

ron mexico75
08-06-2009, 10:39 AM
OK I'm hoping someone can help me out with my lawn. We purchased a new house back in April and our lawn is basically all weeds right now. I want to renovate it in the fall but want to know the best steps. Basically our soil from what I understand from a landscaper is not good and it's compacted hard clay. He wants to aerate the lawn, put seed down and then cover the entire lawn with mushroom soil and then seed on top of that. It's very expensive and others have told me it's not necessary. Does anyone have any advice for me as to what is the best steps to building a nice thick green lawn. We also some uneven spots that need to be filled to even it out. I really appreciate any assistance.

What do you mean by very expensive? How much were you quoted? Expensive could be a relative term.

Expensive because you feel that way?

More then you have to put towards that project?

His estimate was a lot more then others?

I am just trying to understand what you mean. Sounds like the guy knows what's he's doing by reading the recommendation you posted.

dcusk1971
08-06-2009, 03:09 PM
The price was 1700. I think it's pricey considering I got a price OF 2300 for sod. I do beliEve he knows what he's doing, I'm just trying to see if it's necessary or is there a cheaper way that would provide the same results.

bigslick7878
08-06-2009, 03:17 PM
The price was 1700. I think it's pricey considering I got a price OF 2300 for sod. I do beliEve he knows what he's doing, I'm just trying to see if it's necessary or is there a cheaper way that would provide the same results.

How much sod is that $2300 for? How many sq ft?

And the $1700 for the aeration,top dress and seed is on the pricey side for 1/2 acre IMO.Wayyy on the pricey side now that I do some quick math.

Kindarring
08-06-2009, 03:20 PM
2300 for sod on a 11,000sqft area? Thats crazy cheap. 11,000sqft is 1/4 acre. But really level seams fine. I would do a 1.5 yds per 1000sqft of leafgrow or another compost then aerate and slice seed it in. But really for 1/4 acre for $2300 dollors for sod seams crazy low (because that would be 1225 pieces of sod)

bigslick7878
08-06-2009, 03:36 PM
2300 for sod on a 11,000sqft area? Thats crazy cheap. 11,000sqft is 1/4 acre. But really level seams fine. I would do a 1.5 yds per 1000sqft of leafgrow or another compost then aerate and slice seed it in. But really for 1/4 acre for $2300 dollors for sod seams crazy low (because that would be 1225 pieces of sod)

11k sq ft of sod will be nowhere close to $2300...impossible. Thats why I wanted the clarification. Hell I would be paying $125 per 500 ft plus delivery just for the sod......that comes out to more than $2300 right there.

But we are just guessing because of the vague response....as usual.

dcusk1971
08-06-2009, 09:40 PM
My mistake, the price was actually 2800 and it was for 7200 sq ft, not 11k. They weren't going to do the entire lawn, only from the back in.

I appreciate everyone's advise.

dcusk1971
08-06-2009, 09:44 PM
Also, can someone give me a fair price of what I should pay for aeration,top dress and seed on approx 7200 sq ft?

Smallaxe
08-07-2009, 06:07 AM
$1.53 per square yard is the going rate for sod here. That is straight KBG of excellent quality.
How many sq. yd. in 11k? 1200 or so? Couple grand is close to the going rate. Worth the extra 500 over this guy's seeding process.

I would still till in soil ammendments b4 laying the sod.

ron mexico75
08-07-2009, 08:44 AM
Also, can someone give me a fair price of what I should pay for aeration,top dress and seed on approx 7200 sq ft?

I'd say $975 for the above work and I would fertilize too.

bigslick7878
08-07-2009, 07:00 PM
1. $2800 for 7200 square feet of sod installed - hell of a price. That's about 15 pallets which around here I could not even get for $2800, not to mention the 20 plus hours of labor to install it. That is a deal and then some.

2. For the aeration, top dress seed and fert on 7200 sq ft I would say in the $800-$900 range would be acceptable. Then again, with that sod price I am thinking even lower in your area. Its really not that much in materials for that sq footage and labor should not even be a day.