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Smoothing out lawn

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by paradoxer411, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    You're purpose was to smooth the lawn inexpensively... no surprise that the roll er didn't work, so go onto the next step... get a truck load of your desired topdressing material, i.e. sand w/OM and wheelbarrow it about the yard and with a shovel, iron rake, and steel tined broom rake, level the lawn a correctly...

    If it turns to concrete, let us know and I'll send you the money necessary, to dig it all up and bring in some super topsoil... Don't forget the OM as being a necessary component of any and all soils...
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lmao! ;)
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  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    All this talk about about concrete yards. Did everybody suddenly start topdressing with Portland Cement?
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  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, sand+clay=concrete I hear. Mine hasn't cured yet...and by the looks of my lawn at 100+ temps it appears that it either has not cured or Bermuda likes growing in concrete.
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  5. paradoxer411

    paradoxer411 LawnSite Member
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    Just Did the math, the yard I will be leveling is 56ftx78ft, so It's 4,368 square feet. I am thinking that the bumps may be about an inch and a half at the most severe parts, so I am going to need around 20 cubic yards of top dressing material. Time to figure out how many bags I am going to need...Thanks for all the help guys
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    You only need about 5 cu yards. You are really filling in low spots only and dragging sand over the high spots. Don't buy bags, order a truckload.
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  7. paradoxer411

    paradoxer411 LawnSite Member
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    I'm 14, and my Dad doesn't live with me. I am basically on my own here in this whole project, and i'm not going to order in a whole truckload.
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    So how do you propose to move all those bags?

    Now let's discuss how much your going to lose in profit buying by the bag. Have you priced a 2cu ft bag of compost at HD? Have you even discussed how much this is going to cost your customer? This is not a cheap service. Hence the reason most guys don't offer it and most customers won't pay for it.
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  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Than figure your job costing several thousand dollars. If you can't order a truckload at a fraction of the cost of bagged sand and compost the job is too much for you. Sub it out to someone who can handle it and do it right.

    I would not even consider bags as an option...because they ain't.
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  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Why would someone ask a 14 year old to do such a job anyway? I certainly wouldn't
     

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