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Lawn leveling cost.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by gulfjoe, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Choose the sod contractor
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  2. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am bringing this thread back to life for a little more input.

    I am planning to level the area shown in the photo from the end of the shrub bed down to the street about 950 SQFT. I really want to use this reel mower i bought so I am going to tackle it here soon. Here are my questions I may have asked them here on this thread in the past but I am looking for some fresh answers and i dont feel like reading through every post.

    1. Can I top dress with sand in April to mid April?
    2. Should I aerate before or after top dressing with sand? planned on aerating April 15th
    3. I know I mow the lawn as low as possible and bag. but at what depth do i put the sand at? 1/4" 1/8"?
    4.Should I fertilize prior to topdressing?
    5. We do not have river sand down here in Columbus GA. People look at me crazy when I go to the suppliers and ask about it. they have something called #1 Brown (http://www.durtywurks.com/?page_id=314) has anyone ever heard of this? is there an alternative?
    6 Am i missing anything? please let me know. If anyone has any good link or how tos on this that would be awesome.

    Thanks in advance

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  3. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it were me. I would aerate, mow to bust the plugs. Fertilize. Topdress small areas at a time. The #1 sand looks good, but I always like to see a little compost mixed in. Spread with shovel and use a pushbroom to smooth. Take your time. You can fill depressions up to an inch this way.
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  5. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    Keep us posted on the results

    Me and my neighbor plan on leveling our bermuda lawns in May of this year. I will post pics when we do.

    I'm going to use River sand.

    I'm debating on going ahead and adding the compost ahead of time when I do my spring scalp at the beginning of April. Then I'll do the river sand around memorial day.

    I picked up a 20" Tru-cut reel mower at the end of last season. I'm looking forward to using it this year.
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm a firm believer in adding in compost. I prefer to 50-50 mix. Not only for the OM benefit, but with the calcierious sand we have here it helps hold the chems, fert, and water a little better. The leeching effect of the native sandy soil leads to a lot of nutrient and product loss. I'm sure the GA sandy soil is pretty close in composition.
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  7. frotis

    frotis LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hope you get it worked out.
     
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  8. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah I found a deal on a 20" McClane 7blade so picked it up. The Tru Cuts are we're to high in my area.
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  9. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    If he had mixed in the compost the first time he wouldn't be doing it again next year. He also should have addressed the CG with a proper pre-em, again not waiting until next year.
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