Yard Leveling

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by BigMulch, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. BigMulch

    BigMulch LawnSite Member
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    I went out to give an estimate on a yard leveling and putting grass after. The yard in total is just under 5000sqft. The lowest spot is about one foot. My questions are how would you charge them, by the sqft or hourly. What is the best machine to do this jobs. And the steps to do this job. This will be my first bigger job like this so any help will be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. mwlawns

    mwlawns LawnSite Member
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    Hourly, and bobcat smooth bucket, I have done plenty of them. Biggest question is will the fill dirt be there or do you have to handle that as well? Grass seed? or sod? irrigation?
     
  3. joe crumpler services

    joe crumpler services LawnSite Member
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    This is gonna get interesting. You always think you have plenty of soil until you start spreading it and filling in those "imperceptible" depressions, not to mention allowances for settlement.
     
  4. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One cubic yard cover an area 10 feet by 10 feet three inches deep.

    Get some butcher cord, two sticks and one of those levels that hang off of string and a tape measure and spend some time estimating what you need.
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    What are you actually doing? Is there sod there now? What kind of soil are you dealing with? Foot low in the center or is it a slope?

    Bobcats are murder on lawns, if there is any body to the soil at all... It may cost more in time and effort to do it right, but that means physical labor... :)
     
  6. BigMulch

    BigMulch LawnSite Member
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    The ground slopes down and there is sod in about 90% of the area and i was thinking of using a tractor.
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    What happens to the sod? Are you adding lots of dirt to level the slope or cutting the slope down to make it level? Where is the water going to be pitched to??
     
  8. BigMulch

    BigMulch LawnSite Member
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    I will be adding to the slope but there still will be a little slope.I was thinking of leaving the old sod there and put about 4in of new soil and seed over it.
     
  9. mwlawns

    mwlawns LawnSite Member
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    I retract my previous post, thought that you were doing a much older lawn. I can run my bobcat over grass all day and not destroy turf, just use common sense and it is not murder on lawns
     
  10. BigMulch

    BigMulch LawnSite Member
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    Anothet question I have is when I put the seeds down and put hay over it how do you remove the hay after
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