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can i just rake topsoil through this

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jeff_0, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    This person has about 22000 sq ft of yard that looks like this. Can i just rake top soil on the clay soil. His yard is mostly clay like you can probably see in the picture.The seeds i'm going to use are perinnal rye and tall fescue And what would you charge for something like this.

  2. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    This is what his yard looks like after having a lawn company come in last spring and put in a new yard. he said they gave him a bag of grass seeds to put on the bare spots.
  3. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    A 50/50 mix of compost and sand. pure sand can make clay into concrete. Compost adds valuable organic matter. Topdress at 1 yd per k. I charge 100 $ per yard to apply.
    I would aerate / topdress/ overseed.
  4. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    any other suggestions i was just going to get top soil. but if that's wrong please let me know or is the mix with compost and sand the way to go.
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    It looks like a compacted mess. I would test the exisiting soil first, and then determine the appropraite amendments needed. Then , I would run a Harley renovator over the whole lawn, and introduce new soil / amendments to the top 3-6" at least. Then seed & fert, and put them on a maint. contract to care for the establishing lawn..
  6. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    yeah, it is a compacted mess. I can't belive the last company did such a bad job. This is in a real high dollar neighborhood. I really don't think the customer wants me to renovate his whole yard. Even though it's probably best.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Aerate the living daylights out of it, and add you compost and sand mix. You can try topdressing with topsoil after aerating, but you won't have as good of results. The peat and sand mix will be much lighter and will help much more.
  8. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    can you buy the compost and sand already mixed. any ideal what it cost by the yard
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,844

    I would not reccomend mixing soil types as they tend to layer, I would add compost and do the other things like aerate, gypsum is supposed to help break up clay also.
  10. BigEd

    BigEd LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 299

    Jeff ,

    where are you located? Im in Harford County and can put you in touch with a place to get the compost free.

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