estimate please

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bobbygedd, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
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    front yard- 1500 sq ft, all crabgrass, to be sprayed, and removed. aerate, topdress with 2 yds of mushroom soil. seed with about 20 lbs of fescue/rye/bluegrass mix. backyard- 1500 sq ft-aerate, topdress with 2 yds mushroom soil, seed with same. both areas very easily accesible. estimate?
     
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    $900 for the works, 30ยข a sq. ft. should take 2 trips with a maximum of 4 hrs total materials $150 leaving you $750
    $750 divided by 4 = $187.50 - 30% for taxes and Chico leaves you with $131.25 per hr net profit.
     
  3. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    3000 sq ft. at .40 a square k =1200
    175 materials.
    1050
    3.5 hours labor
     
  4. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
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    13 lbs of fescue/rye/bluegrass seed per 1000 sqft. No wonder you dont have much luck planting in the summer.
     
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
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    that's putting in on heavy
     
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, that IS rather heavy. Your guys prices are WAY out there compared to mine. First thing, though...what's the deal with all the mushroom soil? Why?
    Myself, tp spray it off, slit seed it and put on starter fert.,....$80. per thousand. Return in 2 weeks and hit it again with fert..
     
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Lowballer :p
     
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
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    sandy soil. i like to top dress with mushroom. 8 bills was my price
     
  9. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
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    $800 isnt all that far out of line, especially if you can get it. I am curious as to the percentages of your seed blend. Rye is usually only used at about 10 to 20 percent with kbg and about the same percentage for Fescue. personally I think 20% is on the high side. Figureing 20% fescue and 20% rye would give you 60% kbg. Since kbg varies from 800,000 to 2,000,000 seeds per lb depending on cultivar, 60% of 13lbs of seed is going to be a lot of kbg seeds per sqin. 7.8lbs X 1.4 million adverage seeds per lb=10,920,000 seeds per 1000 sqft. of KBG. Rye and fescue contains about the same number of seeds per lb, 250,000, and you would have 5.2 lb of those seeds or 250000X5.2=1,300,000 seds per msqft or a total of over 12million seeds per msqft. 12.22mil/144000=85 seeds per sqin. Could be more or less depending on cultivars of seeds but this should be close enough to make you rethink your seed rates. This heavy a seed rate will cause competition between the plants for root space, moisture and nutrients and result in stressed plants that are more susceptable to disease and fungus. Might look good for a while but maybe not so good in the near future.
     
  10. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
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    13lbs per 1k is to heavy for any mix. with the weater in nj 3 weeks from germination theres gunna be dollar spot and rust after the first heavy rain.
     

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