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Provide Sanding Service?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lost mountain, Dec 14, 2001.

  1. lost mountain

    lost mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    I have gotten a lot of requests for sanding on Bermuda and Zoysia grass from my customers and some who are not my customers. Some of the companies around here who specialize in it charge a lot for it.
    I can get a new Turfco machine for around 5k...I've seen a used one for 4K. The reel mower would probably be prudent rather than relying on a rotary in scalping for this purpose. It seems the equipment would be paid for in less than one season with advertising. Another thing to consider is that our lawns would look supreme and bring us more maintenance customers in general. Any opinions on making this leap into a specialized offering?

    the only past thread on this forum I pulled up was here:

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1365&highlight=Sanding+Top+Dressing
     
  2. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    i think you answered your own question. if the machine pays itself off, you have enough work, and you want to provide more service, it sounds like a win win situation.
     
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    One question, what does sand and clay make?

    Some sand and organic matter would be better idea.
     
  4. lost mountain

    lost mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    How's this Hoss:

    "...a washed Sand/Earth Food Compost mix and topsoil."

    Sanding is just the generic term ;)

    Do any of you offer this service? What are some pitfalls?
     
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Excellent, now I'm with you!:)
     
  6. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,933

    I had a customer who tried everything to grow grass in his front yard. He spent $$$ on loads of top soil only to have it wash off the hard clay the builder scraped down to. I recomended aeration and sand and now his front yard looks great. I simply used a 125lb spreader to topdress the sand. I told him that this is something he should do every year and to add some peat moss to bring in organic matter. SOLD!!!!$$$$$$$
     
  7. lost mountain

    lost mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    jeffex ,

    What type of spreader? How much sand mix did you apply? (this is the thing that makes it a little tough: is the cost of a top dresser)

    Dave,

    Sandman and Sandsquad are here in town and they are the one's I was referring to above. I see a picture of a Cushman topdresser on the Sandman site where as Sandsquad apparently uses the Turfco which has WB and one with a hitch:

    http://www.turfco.com
     
  8. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,933

    I did about 1/4 acre with an Agri Fab spreader. I bought the sand in 50lb bags . Next year I will make a second pass with peat moss. You must be doing large areas to spend $4000 on a top dresser.
     
  9. lost mountain

    lost mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    And is why I'm leary about the leap. Which model AgriFab?
     

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