Top dressing intervals?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by BostonBull, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    7 times a year for me
     
  2. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How do you guys get people to pay for that? For even the small lawns with light topdressing that is $100's per app.

    I am selling 1/4 inch twice the first year and then try to taper off to maintenance levels after that at 1/8 inch or less. Plus I do feed grade meals, compost tea's, and molasses apps to help keep the good guys moving.
     
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is more cost effective for the client to put down more, fewer times, which for me means a recommendation of no more than 2 apps per season. If you are rebuilding a soil or dealing with an environment that eats up SOM quickly, then you may need more apps per season.
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I usually only put down compost when overseeding. Spring and fall.
    :laugh: Every other month. :laugh:

    Florida has a 12 month growing season and we got 5. In a good year...
     
  5. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    I can do a light topdressing for $45 on a 5k lawn. Light being the key word. I would more call it an effective fertilizing than a topdressing.
     
  6. pt03

    pt03 LawnSite Member
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    Thx folks.

    When I tried out the dresser it worked out to about 2.8 cubic feet of compost over a 600 (ish) sq. foot area. Seemed very thin to me but it looked good as in I could see the area done. Should I think about a cross application at the same time to thicken it up a bit?

    Lloyd
     
  7. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
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    how much post goes down (lbs?) 25? per thou? sounds like a lot of extra work for that money? at those small dosages of post you will need synthetic's$$ for sure? what happens when you have a 100 customers?
    125 lbs per 5000 sf? plus the synthetic needed anyway? 45$?

    X SAY 10 YARDS THATS 1250 LBS POST A DAY you will need to handle minimally

    how will you keep up blending/applying like that for that much money?
    45 sound like TG LD prices? don't burn ur self out my friend
     
  8. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    At high production I will be moving 3.5 yards of 'postblend per day. At the topdressing rates you guys are talking about I would be using 6.25 yards for one 5k lawn... now who is breaking their back on any given day?

    My prices are in line with my market.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2009
  9. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think I got you figured out. Everyone in business needs their secret to success. I am just glad your over there so I dont have to try to compete with you. I would love to see some long term effect pictures if you take them.

    Good luck with your endevours this year. :usflag:
     
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Given that it only occurs once, maybe twice a year, I will take the 6.25 yard route any day of the week.
     

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