Top Dressing Applicator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by pbhughesiii, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. pbhughesiii

    pbhughesiii LawnSite Member
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    What do you think of this as a way to apply top dressing material?

    http://www.newerspreader.com/models.htm

    I am home owner, but have educated myself throuhly with the hows and whys of groing a lawn (just giving you info to let you know that I am not the average homeowner that goes to lowes and spreads weed and feed and expects to have a beautiful lawn). I have been searching for a way to spread composted mushroom soil (very well aged) and came across this unit. I have called Earth and Turf but their units are just too pricy to justify for a homeowner not making a living in the landscape industry.

    What do all of you think about using this unit? Has anyone used something similar>

    Many Thanks for this great forum!

    PBH
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    The only problem I see with a unit like that is having to tow it. Towing a unit in tight places is difficult. How large is your lawn? Could you get away with a push spreader?
     
  3. pbhughesiii

    pbhughesiii LawnSite Member
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    I have about an acre (ZTR Mower so hauling it around would be no problem . . .I'm just hoping that an aged mushroom soil would not flow out too quickly? I have looked for a way to do this for several years now and thought this might be a good alternative. I guess I was hoping I was not the first to try it (to spend 800 bucks to experiment is a bit much in my book!
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    It should work fine. That spreader should have a way to control the output rate from very small amounts to very large amounts. I actually considered the same unit but due to tight areas in my lawn or my customers lawn it would not work well. I would prefer to use a smaller push type spreader which will run about the same price. Take a look at rittinghouse, they sell one.
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  5. pbhughesiii

    pbhughesiii LawnSite Member
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    Many thanks for the lead. I think towing it should be no problem. I'm surprised with all of the talk about (at the consumer level) composting and being environmentally sound that more companies have not developed less expensive units. I bought my lesco spreader because I like to have professional equipment because I believe you get better results . . .but I can justify it because I use it many times each year. Topdressing will occur once maybe twice a year . . .

    I may purchase the unit and give some feedback so others will have some first hand experience to go by.
     
  6. wrager

    wrager LawnSite Member
    from ATL
    Posts: 164

    I suffer from the same logic. I have a Lesco power rake (aka verticutter), Blue Bird aerator as well as 2 reel mowers and Honda HRX, but I just can't justify a top dresser. I always search ebay for a used one. No such luck. A guy on another site converted a tow behind drop spreader for applying sand. Not sure how he did it.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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  8. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    How did you get the ball rolling and keep it rolling? I have only done three Top-dressing jobs with my Turfco Mete-R-Matic and the neighbors don't come out and enquire like I'd hoped. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
     
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Adam - most homeowners are ignorant about the benefits of topdressing. Ok, more like 95%. You have to start by educating your current customers, and cross selling topdressing to them. Let them see the results, and let the word spread. Run some ads too.

    To the OP - using a push spreader to do compost likely isnt going to work. It will just bridge in the spreader.
     
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pbhug,
    a Lesco spreader will do just fine. You will need a few modifications--like for instance-- use a hole saw; enlarge the middle hole up to about 2 inches in diameter ( or whatever size is needed. ) When you are ready to use the spreader for its usual purpose, cover the hole with some plastic held on with screws (or duct tape). Cut a new hole in the patch about the original size.
     

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