I was wondering if building/development contractors in you area use the same horrible practices when installing lawns for new homes. Here is what has become common practice in my area, Ill start after the lot has been cleared of stumps. 1) strip off all the top soil, push into a pile and haul most of it off-site to be sold 2) Grade the lot, being sure to crush and expose the roots of all the mature trees left standing 3) Put down and inch or so of top soil mixed in with free horse manure 4) Seed or hydroseed with contractor grade rye grass. 5) Sell it and run. These lawns look good just about until they find a buyer. After one season its all sand and weeds. The trees all slowly decline and are dead within eight years or so. Granted, some of the contractions do a better job and some sub to a landscaper, but its amazing to see $400,000 homes landscaped in this manner. Im looking at it as a potential market, that and installing additional plantings since they go pretty sparse on those too.