Tearing out an existing lawn and reseeding

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Barrett Landscaping, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Customer wants old crabgrass infested lawn taken out and new seed put down. I know the grass needs to be killed off with roundup and topsoil applied, but my question is how much? lawn is only 1000sqft max. Also, with lawns this small do you impose a minumum price?
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Adding topsoil could be more of a hassle than its worth. Doesn't take much to raise the grade, in an area that small and cause water problems on the walks and around foundations. It may be better to till in some ammendments , then replant.
     
  3. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanks for the advise:)
     
  4. DJJS

    DJJS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Don't bother killing the grass with roundup if you're tearing it out just rent a sodcutter and remove it. Till in your ammendments/topsoil and you're ready to seed.
     
  5. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was just thinking about that myself. However, I figured that spraying it would eliminate any of the "bad grass" reemerging.
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    You have to do a kill off with herbicide or you will have an even worse problem than you started with. A pre-em application as soon as the grass will tolerate it is a must too.:usflag:
     
  7. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    :waving:I appreciate all of the advise
     
  8. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
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    For that size area, either remove with a sod cutter, or use glyphosphate to kill the existing grass/weeds. Then put down sod. It will cost a little more, but the customer will be more satisfied.
     
  9. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I mentioned that to them, but they seemed pretty set on seeding it. However, they also thought the exttreme dry weather here in southern ohio right now is the perfect time to do this:laugh:
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is where you have to be the knowledgeable professional and stand your ground. The customer is not always right. Remember they will blame you regardless if it does not turn out to their satisfaction.:usflag:
     

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