First top dressing job...

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Lawn-Scapes, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I did my first top dressing job today... what fun. Thank goodness it was a small one. I hope to see a dramatic change in the lawn.

    Now.. I have one question. My soil/compost mix had a fair amount of pebbles in it. Is this a good thing?
     
  2. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
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    Its ok, small pebbles in the "lawnsand" product I mix with premium topsoil and use sometimes. I had a topdress go bad when black medic took my organic matter and went nuts. What is the weed situation in the lawn you topdressed? Did you use 1 yard per k?
     
  3. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    The first top dress job I did this spring about killed me. It was 6 yards of the stuff they call Nutri Green top soil, apparently it was developed by the department of agriculture. The stuff worked great and two months ago they had a sprinkler system installed, needless to say that lawn gets double cut now since I have my mulch kit installed on my 36" wb.

    Lawn scapes what kind of money did you charge and how many sq ft was the lawn
     
  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    There were only a few weeds. Yes.. I used approx 1 yard per 1000. It was only a 2000 sf lawn. It was my friend/accountant house... so I only charged him for materials.

    Based on the time it took including pick up and hauling.. IF I do any future jobs I would probably charge no less than $125 per yard.

    I just hope I did a fairly good job of distributing it evenly so it doesn't look patchy or streaky. :eek:
     
  5. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much does the top soil run you overthere?
    For the Nutri Green Im paying $36.00 plus tax per yard and am laying and spreading it for $100.00 including materials

    That first job I did in the spring was 6k sq ft and I also scalped and bagged it. Charged $620.00 but man was that a hard 7 hours
     
  6. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    My cost is $27 plus tax.

    What was your technic for distributing it? 7 hours seems like a decent time... Nothing wrong with $56 per hour unless you had some equipment rental.
     

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