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lots of rock/stone in lawn

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by highlander316, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 333

    not sure if this is in right forum, if not, mods please move.

    Went and looked at a property before. 47,000 sq/ft turf. About half is very sparse due to excess stone (no more than 1" in size), the other half is intermittent with small sparse areas. I dug down 2-3" and found decent soil with a little amount stone in these areas, but still feel topdressing would be needed. What would be the best method to go about renovating this property so that the homeowners can actually grow grass.

    Thanks, and if there are any other questions about the property please let me know and I'll answer what I can.
  2. garciajj612

    garciajj612 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 114

    Without looking at the property I would think it would be easier raking out any rock bigger than 2-3" (i wouldnt spend more than 8 man hours on this)and just lay sod on the areas they are having trouble with. What kind of grass are they trying to grow? Is it irrigated?
  3. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 333

    no sod, no irrigation. Rest of property needs over-seeding too (and has stone, just not to extent as bad areas), new construction (house is only 3-4 months old). Like I said, most of the stone is screenings size with some up to 1". It's basically like builder took all topsoil away and left what was there (with some areas being decent).
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    What about running a rock rake on a large MTL accross the top 3" of the property. Then add compost and overseed.
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  5. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    We did a project like this 3 years ago.
    The only difference is, This guy owns Several Dealerships so his bank account was "Unlimited."

    We ended up putting in the majority of the irrigation system, Blowing 3" of Premium Screened topsoil.(or what ever it was..) Then Adding sod on top of that.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Is the soil sandy and rocky or clay and rocks? water run-off and disappear or does it puddle on the flats?? getting the grass started now is the best option, but I would plan on multiple seedings right upto dormant seeding and Springtime over seeding, because you have no irrigation... is there any shade at all on the property???

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