top dressing lawns

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Chris Burisek, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. Chris Burisek

    Chris Burisek LawnSite Member
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    Anyone into top dressing lawns? I am thinking of adding this as a service.
    How many can be done per day with the right equipment and how many yards of compost/top dressing do you go out with each day? What vehicle would be best? Dump truck? Our average lawn is 5,000 - 6,000 sq ft.
    Thanks for your help. We would like to core aerate, seed and top dress lawns next year.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    i use a mulch blower to blow compost
  3. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    Dusty, any suggestions where to get a mulch blower (ie good supplier etc)? They are pretty NOT common out here, that and slice seeders... we live in ancient times here in Utah.
  4. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    Chris ...there are so many variables to answer your questions...but yes great idea to add to your many a day? you will find out when you get going at It. Yes a Dump truck or insert or dump trailers are very common...just get into It and It will all fall Into place
  5. Prolawnservice

    Prolawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 612

    Would a manure spreader work for compost or do you need to use a top dresser? I have also heard of using a hydroseeder but I'm not sure how?
  6. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    Yes...a manure spreader works...But you have to modify the paddles....with that being said...there used on large properties only
  7. Dooger54

    Dooger54 LawnSite Member
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    Look into the Earth & Turf Topdressers. They have two pull behind models, the 200 and 320. I have the 320. For topdressing, they can't be beat.
  8. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,583

    The self propelled model is awesome, too.
  9. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 361

    Dooger what are you pulling it with? Ball park price? thanks
  10. cudaclan

    cudaclan LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
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