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Old 02-12-2012, 08:33 PM
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A rotary mower on that Martian surface would look just as bad, if not worse. Make the installing contractor either fix it or re do it.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:51 PM
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I agree with everyone else, have the knucklehead come back and fix his work.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:15 AM
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I will try, problem is I don't think they will come fix it. The builder is the one that hires the landscaper, so the builder would be on the hook for it. I was just looking for some quotes on what it would cost to level the yard. I am looking at doing it myself but wanted to see what the pros were charging.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:05 PM
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It would be more expensive then starting new. All the sod needs to come up and then the harley rake needs to go over it. This was a hack job!
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:12 PM
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When you think the ground is ready and level, Soak it down and water will settle down the soft spots. When it dries you relevel and lay the sod, then soak again.

Looks like you had the High School Debate Team put this sod down. High School Horticulture class would have done it correctly.

When it dries, go over good with an aerator [plugger] several times drag compost and sand over it. The again when the lawn has sufficiently recovered. Good Luck.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:39 AM
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As I expected, the builder of the house was only responsible for putting ground cover down. He said the yard was rolled and graded. I can vouch for them grading I cant vouch for how good of a job they did. So getting them to come out and redo it is not going to happen. There is no way that I can explain to wife that I need to tear out my brand new yard that is already starting to turn green. She would not allow it. Soooooo, back to my original question, can I just level out the spots with sand/compost/topsoil mix? The entire yard is not as bad as the pics I posted those were just the bad spots. Also what would one of your guys landscaping crew charge to come out and level this thing.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:26 AM
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About $150 per 1000 sq ft for a sand top dress.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:56 AM
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Thank you cgaengineer. Now do you think that would fix the problem I currently have? Or would it have to been done in multiple applications?
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:41 AM
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I will pm ypu later on this...
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:54 AM
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If you are going to just level it all with a topdress in a one time shot, then reseeding would also be an issue. Bad for sod though, could cause weed establishment instead. One could always pick up the worst pieces and add fertile soil underneath.

Having a 'landscape crew' come in and do it right is either out of budget or not. Having a landscape crew come in and do it in an 'unconventional' fashion is throwing good money after bad. DIY over time for correct results.
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