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top dressing

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Drew Gemma, May 5, 2005.

  1. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    who sells it what is your expirence what are going rates on the product per 1,000. is it worth it when do you like to put it down. during aeration after before. worth money or not?
  2. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 859

    Top dressing can be a huge money maker if done right. I buy mine from my mulch supplier. I use either orgro or com-pro (depending on what they have at the time), rent a mulch blower or hydro mulcher machine and blow it onto the property. I normally charge $100 per 1k square feet and spread .75 to 1 cu yd per. Topdressing is by far one of the best things you can do for a lawn but it's expensive and there is only a small market for it.
  3. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 566

    I was the first one to start doing it in my town. I charge 200 a yd. I use compost. I use one yd per 1k. I rake it into existing lawn, come back in a 3 months its great. Come back in a yr and honestly, I cant believe the results I'm getting, the worse the soil and lawn was, the bigger the transformation.

    Its not for every customer, if they actually know that thier crappy soil is the problem cause theve tried everything else than its a good sell. I dont start with it cause its the most expensive thing I can do to improve a lawn.
    (I mean start with it in my sales pitch)

    Ive been trying to price it so I can make more money than I do cutting. As much or more as I do with a mulch install. I have no blower or access, this is all wheelbarrow stuff for me. (smaller lawns obv.)

    -edit-- I always do heavy overseed with the best grass seed I can get.
  4. dylan

    dylan Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 273

    Hi guys
    What are either orgro or com-pro?
    I'm not familiar with these products. Any links?

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