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Yard top dress/ leveling quote.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by gulfjoe, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    You are almost half those other guys in your area.
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    In Atlanta you might get that...When I priced it I didn't include aeration with the $160, nor did I include scalping and cleanup. I've asked around and that what market was bringing...3 years ago.
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  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    You know me and Aeration :)

    I would agree, it would take one heck of a sales job to get 28 cents a square foot. Something has to give.
     
  4. cgaengineer

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    What's the rate where you are? If I could sell them all day long at $.28 I would not cut grass or apply chemicals anymore.

    And I did include aeration, scalping and cleanup on estimates, but it was seperate.

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  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    Not sure I am aware of set rate in our area. Not aware of a major demand for it either. Just is not a big part of what we do out here.

    The areation and compost top dressing should be done but you are lucky if they aerate
     
  6. Duekster

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    FWIW, I see no need to run the reel mower before hand unless someone is trying to seed an improved bermuda.

    if we re-sod a yard we absolutely level lawn but it often does not stay level.
     
  7. cgaengineer

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    Sand topdressing is popular around here...just saw one being done yesterday but I am not equipped to handle anything more than about 5k. I do not have a topdressing machine. I do have a skid steer to load wheel barrows.
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  8. cgaengineer

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    The sand goes down much easier when scalped...think stiff brush vs what would happen if applied to 3" tall Bermuda. Around her it's sometimes the prep work, but mostly sod that's .5-1" on one side and 1.5" on the other.
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  9. Duekster

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    Same for me and most of our lots are > 7500K total less house, beds and hardscape. No real access for spreaders. It is hand work.

    There is a compost spreader made to do feedings but that is not the same thing.

    Like I have said before, top dressing sand on an established lawn on clay is likely ok as there is plenty of OM. But here a fine compost to improve the clays here is more important and you can level that way too.

    If I were tilling in a new yard, we use a compost and expanded shale to break up the clay.
     
  10. Duekster

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    We can drop the blades on a rotory to scalp close enough to over seed with rye and that seems fine for our top dress jobs.
     

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