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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gpriddy, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. gpriddy

    gpriddy LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 36

    Here is one, Input is appreciated to check myself...

    18200 sqft turf
    6525 sqft bedding
    Few Obstacles in lawn
    Mostly open space.
    Property needs extensive makeover for resale.
    Customer wants seeding and mulching.
    Will be adding ornamentals after turf.

    I am proposing (and customer agrees, yet needs to approve cost) the following:

    Aer/Dethatch $250.00
    Kent. 31 182 lbs $232.00
    Sup Turf *** 95lbs $230.00
    Top Dress 18y $585.00
    Apply Top Dress 220.00
    Remove small rotten stumps $100.00
    40 yards mulch $2000.00

    Total $3617.00

    What do you think? How close would we be?

    Constructive Criticism is appreciated

  2. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    if im reading this right, it seems closer to 60 yds of mulch. the mulch and the thatching/seeding would come in at around $4000.
  3. gpriddy

    gpriddy LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 36


    I was planning to apply the mulch at around 2" average, but you are right at 3" it would be about 60 yards at $40/yd, 3200. Would do it a little cheaper though for the quantity...2800.00. So for the $800 savings, I plan to put it on a little thinner and let the new owner pay for the freshen up in a few months...

  4. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    I think your to low on the mulch price. If your charging 40.00 a yard for material and installation I think your nuts. I get 35.00 a yard for material and then labor to install the mulch. I'd probly go 4300.00 total for that job.
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    If you plan to topdress for that price you have no idea. You are about to lose your shirt on this one.
  6. Husker1982

    Husker1982 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 478

    All I have to say is go UP UP UP UP UP UP!!!!!!
  7. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    oh yah, I forgot about the topdressing. I'd say about 5500.00 going by what you've told us.
  8. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 965

    I would up the cost of the stumps too.....
  9. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 544

    all that money and your puttin k-31 in the lawn? around here we use that stuff for pastures...
  10. gpriddy

    gpriddy LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 36

    Good Points...Thank you all

    the K31 is due to the fact that house is being put on the market and will not be watered as it should.

    The mulch charge is a little low due to the fact that a large area 64 x 60 is in the dump zone (will not be moved at all) the rest will be carted about 100ft. I left open the new mulch for the foundation which isn't included in the estimate.

    I am subbing out the stumps and Top Dressing and charging cost +20%.

    Just to provide a little more info....

    Keep the comments coming


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