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I'm going to be doing my first top dressing job

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Winnipeg Lawns, May 15, 2011.

  1. Winnipeg Lawns

    Winnipeg Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 299

    I decided to try out top dressing with one of my existing customers, I've had him for years as a year round customer and don't want to screw it up so I could use some advice.

    Somebody told him he needs 7 yards of soil to cover his lawn half an inch. I estimate he has about 7,000 sq ft of turf.. does that sound right?

    Anyway, my plan is to cut and bag very short, aerate, spread the soil, spread the seeds then rake it in.

    I'm a little leery as he had a bad top dressing done a few years back, so I'd like to get the figures straight.

    How many yards per 1,000 sq ft for half an inch.

    And how many lbs of seeds for that area as well.. my brother told me I'd probably need a hundred bucks in just seeds about two big bags, sounds like a lot but...

    Any advice would be great thanks!

    Btw, this lawn is in Manitoba.
  2. cut level

    cut level LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    I always use my own home for test runs! If I screw mine up oh well!!!!
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  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    top-dress @ 1" depth (use 1yard for 300 sq ft)
    7,000 square feet total
    300/7000= 23.3 yards at one inch.
    You will need 12 yards considering the 1/2 inch.

    Then again what is your media for topdressing because it will compact down by 40% after rains. You may add 20% extra for this compression.

    To answer your original question.....to cover a 1,000 square feet you will need 1.7 yards.
    Last edited: May 15, 2011
  4. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    You'll need to buy "Canada Grade One" Seed.

    As for how much, you need to look at the label on the bag.
    They are all different. O.K.?

    I always tell guys that one metric yard of soil will cover and area
    10 feet by 10 feet, 3 inches deep

    Go Canucks Go
  5. bradhale

    bradhale LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    You can topdress very quickly with a pelletized compost.
    It can be applied with a broadcast spreader
  6. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 625

    what brand of pelletized compost are you buying?
  7. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,537

    I don't get 12.....but I do figure over 10 (almost 10.5) CY.

    7 won't do it.
  8. bradhale

    bradhale LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Easy-Flo Pelletized Compost
  9. Greenery

    Greenery LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    check it out.
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  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Somebody told him he needed a half inch of topsoil topdressing? And so you're going to do it?

    What qualifies as topsoil in your area? What is wrong with the existting soil on site? What happens when it rains? You don't have compost?

    You haven't validated that this 'topdressing' is necessary, let alone it being a good idea or not... You don't want to screw it up, then you shouldn't dump 10 yards of 'topsoil' on the lawn fo no good reason...

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