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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by new2thebiz, Apr 25, 2004.

  1. new2thebiz

    new2thebiz LawnSite Member
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    I just signed a new client, and he wants me to reseed a portion of his lawn for him. I sprayed it with roundup to kill out the few weeds that were in it, and measured it out at 20' x 55' or about 1100 sq. feet. So what do I do now? I've never reseeded someones lawn before, but I couldnt turn down such a big job. The dirt is not too bad, but its also not a good topsoil. Kind of a dark sand, and its already been rototilled. Can anyone please give me some idea on the procedure I should use, and how much I should charge?
     
  2. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wont give you the blah blah blah that you will probably get if this post stays on top.

    Take a soil test to see what you are working with.
    Rototill the yard rake it up spread a good topdressing, seed, fert,and ,cover with straw and water water.

    Or if the soil is good you can slit seed.
    2,000.00
     
  3. new2thebiz

    new2thebiz LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the tips.

    Do I just use regular straw, right from the bales, or does it need to be shredded before I put it down?

    How often should the seed be watered?

    And, really!!! $2000 for only 1100 sq. ft.
     
  4. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
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    how did you sell him the job without a price?
     
  5. new2thebiz

    new2thebiz LawnSite Member
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    He signed up for a yearly mowing contract, and wants me to do the reseeding too. I havnt sold him the job for sure yet, thats why I'm trying to figure out what all I need to do so I can come up with a fair price for him. I told him I would figure out the cost of supplies while we are waiting for the roundup to do its thing and give him a price when I go back to mow again on monday.
     
  6. larz

    larz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Condition the soil.
    Most straw has WEEDS in it.
    Sub contract it to a Hydromulch outfit, make sure they give you a RESALE price, & WARRANTY their work.
    Mark up 20-50%
    If you want to do it yourself INSIST on sod instead.
     
  7. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Most seed has weed seed in it to so what do you do know.:p :D
     
  8. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yes straw from a bale
    ones its wet it needs to stay wet
     
  9. new2thebiz

    new2thebiz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    thanks again guys,
    Just one more question, approximately how long should this job take me? Like I said, its already plowed up and there is no grass and weeds in it. I guess all I need to do is prep it, place the topsoil, seed, rake it in, and put straw down.
     
  10. BRAD2723

    BRAD2723 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 17

    Straw does have weeds in it, you may want to consider using peat moss, if you want to cover it. Slit seed, i know some companies charge 100 per thousand square feet.
     

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