Price for new lawn installation.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by LHlandscaping, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. LHlandscaping

    LHlandscaping LawnSite Member
    from PA/ SW
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    I am wondering how you price a lawn installation for a 4400 squre foot lot. I will need to also bring in about 20 tons of topsoil by a tri-axle. I want to sow a fescue/ bluegrass mix for this sunny area. Any comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
     
  2. sidebuz

    sidebuz LawnSite Member
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    20T topsoil X (price you pay the company+ a buck) = $220
    1 hr skid loader work @ $60/hr = $60
    4400 sq. ft. X .11 (include ground prep)= $484

    Total $764. I would tell the customer $800-850. Gives yourself a little margin for error. Now I know people are going to scream about the topsoil price, but use the price for your area. I add a buck per ton for making the call, lining it up, etc. Should be a 1/2 day project or so. You have about $310 in direct expenses, so that is pretty good 1/2 days worth of work. Hope that helps. Good luck!
     
  3. LHlandscaping

    LHlandscaping LawnSite Member
    from PA/ SW
    Posts: 100

    Gee side buzz your price is alot cheaper than mine. I'm figuring roughly $1800. Time + materials. Figuring seed, milorganite, lime, and a delivered tri-axle of 20 ton soil at over $700.00 alone plus roughly $1000 in labor. Maybe our soil here is more expensive though. I pay about $25/ton screened and more for delivery and tax. Does anyone have a flat rate, square footage formula that has been profitable yet?
     
  4. ollie212@tds.net

    ollie212@tds.net LawnSite Member
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    Wow Lh u do pay more for topsoil here in northern illinois u can get pulverized for 13.00 a yard delivered. picked up 8.00 a yard and just black dirt 10.00 delv. and 6.00 picked up. How ever i didnt unerstand buz bid ither. were is the cost for the materials seed, starter fert. and we use a product called pen mulch we apply of the top of the seed.. it cost 10.95 a 50 bag that cover 9000 sqft. And we have a 2 hour min. for our bobcat use. u hae to load and unload and get it there. i would say 4 hours bobcat work at 50 and hour 200.00 ground prep work removoing rocks and exisitng weeds .13 x 4400 572.00 materials around 250.00 . and the 572 includes apply seed and pen mulch. total about 1022 give or take a few depending on the slope of the yard and etc. could be more.
     
  5. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
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    I might have missed something but did you say that the dirt alone was going to cost $700. I can get 20 yards of dirt for $100. That price includes delivery also.
     
  6. sidebuz

    sidebuz LawnSite Member
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    Ollie: I figure about 2.5 cents per sq. ft. for seed and a starter fertilizer. This is probably a little low this year because fertilizer and grass seed has gone up 10-25%. Therefore, you are looking at $110. I don't spread straw on lawns (my preference). I haven't seen the site, so I assume it is level. No need for erosion control. In my area, lime is never needed. Just the type of soil we have. If you think it is too cheap, don't come to this area. Those are the going rates...
     
  7. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
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  8. LHlandscaping

    LHlandscaping LawnSite Member
    from PA/ SW
    Posts: 100

    Actually the area was formerly a house until about 1 year ago. The soil will need to be brought up to grade first. And 20 tons of screended soil here is roughly $530.00 with tax and delivery. So I figure about $700.00 total for materials. I don't know why our soil is so expensive here. It's everywhere you look:D
     

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