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Old 02-10-2013, 08:37 AM
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Just started top dressing yards for the season. I have 39 to do so far. The lawn in the picture was 27,000 sq. ft. and was $2013 to top dress. I had 13.5 yards (24,152 lbs.) of material in my trailer at 66.26 lbs. per cubic foot. That put my trailer at 32,152 pounds. With my truck that's a GCWR of 40,152. I've hauled as much as 16 yards but the material had a lower moisture content and weighted less.

Here's my formula for calculating the pounds per yard. Take a five gallon bucket and fill it to the top. Divide the weight by 1330. Take that number and multiply it by by 1744 which is your weight per cubic foot. Then multiply it by 27.
So you put two loads on this yard?
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:15 PM
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So you put two loads on this yard?
I put down 1/2 yard per 1000 square feet or .162". A good variable to tell customers is they want to know is 1/8 to 3/16ths of an inch. I try to stick to just saying 1/2 yard per 1000 to keep it simple.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:18 PM
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I put down 1/2 yard per 1000 square feet or .162". A good variable to tell customers is they want to know is 1/8 to 3/16ths of an inch. I try to stick to just saying 1/2 yard per 1000 to keep it simple.
Alright so you have trimmed back the app to reduce the cost and make more money.

Not trying to be rude but I thought you were doing 1 yard per 1000 last season.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:28 PM
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Alright so you have trimmed back the app to reduce the cost and make more money.

Not trying to be rude but I thought you were doing 1 yard per 1000 last season.
Last year was 1/2 yard per 1K as well. This amount is pretty much the norm. If you put out too much it can actually dry out the yard and cause problems. The last yard I did last year in late April had closer to 3/16ths and it was drying out the lawn for a month. This stuff is so potent it will start to actively compost and give off heat if you put down very much.

If your are going to do even a tiny bit more then 3/16ths you had better do it in January. I did one lawn last year where my client said his odd shaped lawn was about 30K. His lawn was closer to 17K. We put down about .324" or 5/16ths. I was worried that we might have burn issues but we did it early enough that it worked out great. The guys beaten up Bermuda lawn went nuts and he was super happy.

Bermuda is a very nutrient hungry turf type. Tiff Bermuda has even higher needs.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:50 PM
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Interesting, I did not think compost would reheat after being fully cooked.

I aerated and leveled a lawn with compost and re-seeded it with Yukon Gold in May. There was every bit of 1/4" on the lawn and more in the low spots. The grass seed came in well.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:40 PM
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As long as their is rich organic matter present to feed the microbes compost is never fully cooked. Mixing in sand or larger soil matter can dilute the compost to the point where it is no longer going to be able to compost quickly enough to generate heat.

Compost will be the most volatile when you have lots of raw organic matter present. Things like leaves, Iris's, lawn clippings, and other things high in nitrogen will really generate some heat that can go as high as 180 but 140-160 is normal.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:03 AM
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More Bad Landscaping

Here is more crappy landscaping a company did at one of my clients homes in Lakeway, TX. I removed the plants you see from the ground. They were installed straight out of the pot and into the ground like you see them.

I would dare to say that 90% of the landscaping done in central Texas and else where as well is done incorrectly. The biggest two mistakes made are little to no root prep and cheap loam soil being used that is too low in oxygen.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:49 AM
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Wow. How long ago did they plant those?
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:53 AM
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On your top dressing, are you marketing that service or including that into your rates, just curious how you are going about that service.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:47 AM
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The plants were just installed a week ago.
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