View Full Version : How to estimate this job, 5k' seed 4k' mulch

06-04-2003, 10:03 PM
This is not pat, I am his brother.
There is 3935 sq ft of mulch that we have to do and we are planning on getting it delivered. About 800 of that is heavily bushed but the rest is just wide opened. Spreading it 2-2.5in thick, how many yards do you think will do. Also there is an area of 50' by 80' that needs to be loosened up, it was driven over by a lot of trucks and so it has ruts. We were planning on flattening it using a skidsteer and then either renting a power rake or a rotertiller. If not, we'd just aerate the $h1t out of it. There is a similar area of 30*10 and 40*15 that needs to be seeded. There is no existing lawn so it will require a fair amount of seed. To cover 5k sq ft, should it require 2-3 bags of seed and then some starter. I will post pics later and we're gonna give the estimate tomorrow. The yard also needs to be blown out a little bit before the mulch is put down. We also have to take off about 2*50' of grass in the front and then an area of 400 sq ft in the side to put down the mulch.
How much seed, topsoil (thin layer used for leveling), starter, mulch and time should we plan on. How much would you charge?

06-04-2003, 10:33 PM
Why not get a tractor with a loader and harley rake on the back?

Should take you no more than 31 yards of mulch.

You should be looking at anywhere from 10 - 35 pounds of grass seed, depending on what type of seed you put down.

You should be looking at getting a total of 7.5 lbs of N for your project at a 1-2-1 ratio. How many pounds of fert you need depends on what your NPK ratio is.

Time on this I am not sure of. That depends on the layout of the property, the size of tractor you can get, the amount of experience you have with tractors, and how many laborers you plan on having there.

06-05-2003, 01:07 PM
Its a 2 person job the largest area 50*80 is to the left of the garage and is pretty easy except for theres a drop to the very far left. The other seeding area needs to be defined between the mulch line and the grass line. its about an 8 inch raise to where we need to put the mulch.
Do you think it needs 31 yards we were planning on about 15. The time to do the mulch will be about 4 hours w/ bed prep and stuff using 2 ppl. The loosening of the soil will take the longest. Will post pics later, but what should we make on this. Cost + what

06-05-2003, 08:47 PM
4000 sq ft to mulch at 2.5"

Figure 3" is one quarter of 12" or .25

.25 times 4000 sq ft = 1000 cubic feet

1000 divided by 27 (27 cu ft per yard) = 37

If you use 2.5" (.21 ft) it is 31 cubic yards.

15 ain't gonna get it done!

06-05-2003, 08:54 PM
large area to seed

06-05-2003, 08:57 PM
sample place to mulch, this is one of the beds and this and 1 other have some mulch, all the others are in rough shape

06-05-2003, 09:12 PM
we have to make this into a mulch bed

06-05-2003, 09:26 PM
I see :alien:

4 evergreen lawncare
06-06-2003, 10:44 AM
Rent a tractor with a grader box and a power seeder. It takes 250 pounds of grass seed per acre to get it started. Then I would reseed again in the fall.

06-06-2003, 08:57 PM
no one has said a general price estimated time is 30 man hrs.

Green Goblin
06-07-2003, 10:47 PM
Subtract the 800 from 3900 and get 3100. 2" of mulch spreads at about 200 sq ft. 3100 divided by 200 and about 16 yards is reasonable.