new lawn install

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mountain, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. mountain

    mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    What seems to be the going rate per square foot for new lawn installation? Here's our story, we estimated roughly a 2 acres new lawn at $13,500 and the customer thought we were crazy. Materials alone were $10,000. Wondering what everyone else charges?
  2. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Posts: 204

    are u sodding,hydro seeding, loaming?
  3. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,045

    That price soud cheap for sod, hig for seed, maybe was hydro, my best bet seed with top soil.
  4. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    It all depends on what you are putting in, how moch topsoil and all that. I bid a job yesturday for 17,000 sq ft sod and 3,000 sq ft hydroseed for $12,000
  5. mountain

    mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    Fine grading, topsoil and seed.
  6. mountain

    mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    We had To fine grade lot , rake and spread topsoil figured 1 - 1 1/2 inch layer about 300 yrds. Then starter fert. , seed and cover
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    Why does everyone put top-soil down to start grass seed? unless its solid rock or shale I never have to use top-soil to put in a nice lawn and Ivé done lots. Don't miss understand If a customer will pay I'm more than happy to spread it and I also know you get better or just quicker results using top-soil, but 2 acres $8000, Harly rake, seed, fert and blow on a 150 bales of straw. And unless they have irrigation there not gonna water it so top is a waste of money for lawn, tell you will make there beds with the top-soil. Mac
  8. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    ^^^^^ i agree

    If grass can grow through asphault, it can survive without fresh topsoil. Harley rake it, throw seed, fert, straw and go.
  9. SuperShovel

    SuperShovel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    What I would charge:

    300yds of Topsoil, I pay $8/yd for screened, good soil. That includes tax. I charge the customer $10yd.

    $ 3,000.00

    Grading, I would spread and then grade with my pulverizer. After that any hand raking needed would be minimal. My pulverizer does the work for me and the finished job looks hand raked without even picking up a rake.

    2-3 days of grading (Depending on how far the dirt had to be moved) $1,600.00

    I use a drill seeder attachment on my JD Tractor.

    2 acres drill seeded with starter fertilizer broadcast, $ 2,000.00


    $ 6,600.00 Cost of Materials: $ 3,000.00

    Don't know what to charge for straw if you used it.

    Well let me know what you guys think of my price too. I generally charge about $500 or more a day for the tractor, and $900 an acre for drill seeding. I plant in the fall and don't use straw. If I plant in the summer I use straw and on hills and water flow areas I use staked in straw blankets. That is all extra $.

    What are the $10,000.00 of materials? Is your topsoil expensive? What kind of soil are you using?
  10. mountain

    mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    looks like me price was alittle steep . not really set up to do 2 areas , equipment wise anyway. we get topsoil Screened Plus ( has some compost mixed in ) at $20 per yrd plus tax $6400 / delivery 8 loads another $600 / seed & fert $800
    and penmulch (GREAT stuff) $2000 = $9800

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