Lawn Renovation Help Please!

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by dcusk1971, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. dcusk1971

    dcusk1971 LawnSite Member
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    OK I'm hoping someone can help me out with my lawn. We purchased a new house back in April and our lawn is basically all weeds right now. I want to renovate it in the fall but want to know the best steps. Basically our soil from what I understand from a landscaper is not good and it's compacted hard clay. He wants to aerate the lawn, put seed down and then cover the entire lawn with mushroom soil and then seed on top of that. It's very expensive and others have told me it's not necessary. Does anyone have any advice for me as to what is the best steps to building a nice thick green lawn. We also some uneven spots that need to be filled to even it out. I really appreciate any assistance.
     
  2. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    To simply kill, aerate and overseed while topdressing with the mushroom soil should not be that expensive per square foot.

    How much lawn are we talking about here?

    Pics would help too.
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you have hard compacted clay and uneven spots with lots of weeds. Why not just till it up mixing in soil ammendments as you go? Sandy compost would be good to add.
     
  4. dcusk1971

    dcusk1971 LawnSite Member
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    I'm on a 1/2 acre but he only was going top dress from the back of the house in which is approx 1/4 acre. I attached a few pics.

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  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I always do the aeration, composting and overseeding. Looks to me that that would be an adequate strategy here, in a couple of weeks.
    Be sure to get the compost into the plugged holes b4 overseeding.
     
  6. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What do you mean by very expensive? How much were you quoted? Expensive could be a relative term.

    Expensive because you feel that way?

    More then you have to put towards that project?

    His estimate was a lot more then others?

    I am just trying to understand what you mean. Sounds like the guy knows what's he's doing by reading the recommendation you posted.
     
  7. dcusk1971

    dcusk1971 LawnSite Member
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    The price was 1700. I think it's pricey considering I got a price OF 2300 for sod. I do beliEve he knows what he's doing, I'm just trying to see if it's necessary or is there a cheaper way that would provide the same results.
     
  8. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much sod is that $2300 for? How many sq ft?

    And the $1700 for the aeration,top dress and seed is on the pricey side for 1/2 acre IMO.Wayyy on the pricey side now that I do some quick math.
     
  9. Kindarring

    Kindarring LawnSite Member
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    2300 for sod on a 11,000sqft area? Thats crazy cheap. 11,000sqft is 1/4 acre. But really level seams fine. I would do a 1.5 yds per 1000sqft of leafgrow or another compost then aerate and slice seed it in. But really for 1/4 acre for $2300 dollors for sod seams crazy low (because that would be 1225 pieces of sod)
     
  10. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    11k sq ft of sod will be nowhere close to $2300...impossible. Thats why I wanted the clarification. Hell I would be paying $125 per 500 ft plus delivery just for the sod......that comes out to more than $2300 right there.

    But we are just guessing because of the vague response....as usual.
     

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