A few questions

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by rtm038, May 2, 2005.

  1. rtm038

    rtm038 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 6

    Hello everyone,
    I'm new to the site and I have some questions for you guys (gals too).

    First, I'm adding grass to an area that was previously covered in woodchips. I've taken away the woodchips and need to add some top soil before seeding. The area is approximately 20'x30' and I will need to fill some low areas in a little. How much top soil do you think I will need to have delivered?

    Second, how do I get rid of this type of weed or grass (see attached pic.)?

    Thanks everyone,
    Ryan

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  2. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    broadleaf plantain, normally a perennial, sometimes behaves as an annual. It is a problem in lawns and sometimes in thin alfalfa and pastures as well as christmas trees. It is a low growing plant with large leaves. use any broad leaf killer on it

    and the top soil if you go 2 inches deep u will need about 44.44 cubic yards
     
  3. rtm038

    rtm038 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 6

    Great.....thanks for the info. BTW; I'm no mathematician, so tell me how you figured 44.44 cubic yards of top soil at 2" deep.

    Thanks again
    Ryan
     
  4. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

  5. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    ops sorry ryan make that 3.7 cu yards of top soil :rolleyes: :waving:
     
  6. rtm038

    rtm038 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 6

    Thank god.......when I saw 44.44 cubic yards, I said.....:eek:....... :) . That would be like a tandem load. Now 3.7 would be like 1 mason dump load right?

    Thanks again,
    Ryan
     
  7. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    i belive so what part of jersey u in ? i am in point plesant ocean county
     
  8. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    If you don't have your computer with you and you don't have a calculator with a third power or "cubic" key (I'm not sure what it is actually called), you can figure it out like this. First I figure the square inches of the area. In your case 240"x360"=86400". Then I determine depth (how much soil or stone or much I want) to add. If you want to add 2" then multiply the 86400"x2"=172800". There are 46656" cubic inches in a cubic yard. Divide the 172800"/46656"=3.71 cubic yards. That would be a small dump truck load, like a F-550 dumper (correct me if I am wrong about that.)
     
  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,180

    hey Ryan I do alot of soil work and would just be sure to get at least 4 yards. you said you had low spots thats gonna eat up some more too. dont skimp on it you can always find low spots in the rest of the yard if you got to much.
     
  10. rtm038

    rtm038 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 6

    Hey everyone.....thanks for all the help on this. Got one more question for ya. I had 4 yards delivered today and it was enough to do my original area and then some. So I decided to break up and dig out my cracked & weathered concrete walkway (about 2'x6') and used the remaining soil to fill in the void. Worked out perfect. Anyway, the top soil I got has a lot of small rocks in it. Should I rake them out or just seed the soil and worry about them later?

    BTW surfisher211, I live in Morris Plains, which is around an hour or so from you.
     

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