Am I missing any steps in the lawn reno. plan?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CRM Lawncare, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. CRM Lawncare

    CRM Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Clients yard is in bad shape. I plan to do the following:

    1. Fill in low spots with clean top soil
    2. Spray entire yard with roundup (Yes I'm licensed)
    3. Core aerate the entire yard
    3. Reseed and Fertlize, also lime per soil test
    4. Top dress with compost
    5. Instruct client on proper watering procedures

    I've renovated my personal lawn but this is my first for pay. Am I missing any steps?
  2. CRM Lawncare

    CRM Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Anybody out there?
  3. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    I think you are doing to many steps and some of the not even neccessary or even harmful.

    First why are you rounding up the entire lawn. Not neccessary or even good for the soil.

    All you need to do is slice it and seed it. Starter fertilizer and water. In the spring some preemergent should take care of any weeds. All the other steps I have never heard of and I have seeded many many lawns.

    Maybe its a climate thing but I doubt it.
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I just rennovated one and this is what I did.
    1) Round-up entire lawn. Lawn was mostly comprised of weeds.
    2) Dethatch. Did this to thin out some of the thicker areas.
    3) Mowed over at 1.5". Mainly to pick up all thatch and/or dead matter.
    4) Verticut. I did broadcast seed prior, but at a low setting. My verticutter deposits
    seed to the soil.
    5) Fertilize.

    You do not have to aerate. This will only benefit existing soil, unless you want to break up some hard areas.
  5. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    Skip the roundup its not neccessary. Most of the weeds will come right out when dethach and/or slice. You kill lots of beneficial insects with roundup...
  6. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Round Up kills insects?
  7. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    If you are going to Roundup the entire yard and haven't yet done it I don't think you have time to do that and let it do it's thing completely and still have the proper weather conditions where you are here in NC for the grass to germinate and grow properly and get established before the first heavy frost will hit it. It would be at least a week after you roundup before you could even start is why I say that so you might be okay but at best case it is cutting it kinda close by adding that step. If you skip that you should still be okay. I'm not sure why you would be killing the exsisting lawn unless it is that horrible but I would leave out the roundup this late. If you were going to do that you should have probably started the first of Sept vs. Oct.
  8. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    If you want to kill it all down, and aerate it. You could just use a rototiller. That looses the soil and chops up all the nasty weeds. Roundup Is at least a week if not 2 before putting down seeds.

    You could always go with sod instead, but that is a lot of work throwing it. And you definately need to rototill or sod cut before that.
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    yea, you forgot to rototill the yard, and take soil samples. :rolleyes: also, did you remember to kiss the clients ass, and send him and his spouse out to dinner?
    MMLawn likes this.
  10. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    You forgot the two most important steps to a successful lawn renovation.

    First have the customer sign a detailed work order. Don't do anything until this step is complete!!!!

    Second, collect the money. 10% down and the balance due upon substantial completion of work order.

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