Topdressing of Bermuda Lawn With River Sand

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by chaser2587, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. chaser2587

    chaser2587 LawnSite Member
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    Pretty much... Chris can back me up on this by saying... it's not concrete smooth, there's still some bumps but most of the bumps that were there before are now humps. Yes it's nice to have a smooth lawn to mow and not have the mower bouncing all over the place, but the main goal was to eliminate scalping the lawn with the reel mower. Mowing with a reel mower is fun regardless whether the lawn is bumpy or not. It's the results of the cut you get when you are finished that makes it worth it to go through the effort of topdressing.
     
  2. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
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    what size area have you topdressed? How much time did it take you?
     
  3. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Chase...I've been following this thread and waiting for the after pics...your lawn looks great!

    Trivia question for you.... if you were going to do it again but this time you were going to top dress 1.25 acres...would you do it the same way? Scott
     
  4. chaser2587

    chaser2587 LawnSite Member
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    4000 sq. ft

    Roughly 9 hrs. but we had to wait out a few thunderstorms. It's definitely an all day project.
     
  5. chaser2587

    chaser2587 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Scott! It's filled in alot more now. I will try and get some more pics for you all to see.

    Heck NO!!!:dizzy: I would rent a topdressing machine for that much. More than likely do it in sections if I had that much to do. If I was smart I would've got a tractor with a bucket and spread the sand out in small piles over 4000 sq. ft. It was a job within itself getting the sand from the main pile out to the yard, much less spreading the sand.
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I told you to use that tractor when you asked...
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  7. chaser2587

    chaser2587 LawnSite Member
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    OH!!! You called me out on that one! :laugh:

    I thought I saw where you were mowing your lawn at 1" now a days... is that true?
     
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually its probably 1.25" and I hate it...I think I'll hit it with the reel tomorrow. It has a white haze over it from ragged and tattered grass blades...not healthy for my turf.
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  9. chaser2587

    chaser2587 LawnSite Member
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    Are you using your rotary? I"m probably going to start using my rotary on the back yard.
     
  10. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
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    Just curious. I run a topdressing operation in Augusta, Ga. I would have charged you about $490 for a turn key job. I machine spread the sand, rake it in and drag it with a drag mat, core aerate it, and clean up the mess. Materials included. Would that have been worth $490?
     

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