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Estimate On Lawn Install.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by PLMaint., Jan 7, 2006.

  1. PLMaint.

    PLMaint. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I was wondering if I could get some ballpark estimates on this job.
    Its a brand new home, corner lot, the estimate is for seed install only no landscaping. It 13,400 sq. ft. of lawn. The bulk of the work is in the prep as you all know.I will be renting a bobcat and the landscape rake attachment for the prep work, 2 day rental is about 600.00, also we will need about 55 yds. of top soil, cost 900.00, and the owner wants ez mulch for covering instead of straw,cost for ez mulch about 250.00, and of course the cost of seed and starter fertilizer. Any kind of feedback would be appreciated, thanks.
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    18 cents a sq. ft. minus the cost of the rental for the skid then add for the $50 yd for the top and spreading it and double the cost EZ mulch for it and putting it down. approx. $5062.00

    Why don't you sell and move another 20 yds of top for the beds while you have the skid there?
  3. PLMaint.

    PLMaint. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I tried but they have a friends highschool son thats going to do it (I don't think he knows what he is getting into if he is going to move it by hand) thank for the reply your est. was close to mine I came up with 5360.00 , 13,400 sq. ft. x .40
    to cover everything ,material, rental, labor. thanks again. I know i'am in the ballpark now.
  4. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,339

    Aerate the ground where the lawn is going to be. Those small holes will help hold some seed incase it rains hard. Make plenty of holes by going over the yard more than once.
  5. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    You're so right...that kid doesn't have a clue to what he's getting into. I think it's safe to say that the guys yard will look like total crap when it's done. Just another case of getting what you pay for. Oh, and that guy better pray the kid doesn't get hurt on his property. Even a strained back could land him in court.
  6. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,408

    Material costs times 4 plus rental & dumping = total.
  7. JS Landscaping

    JS Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    Push for hydroseeding....one of the best ways to install lawns. No straw to deal with, powerrake, bring in the topsoil and level, and spray. If you dont do hydro-seeding find someone that you can sub it out to. Lawn installs can be profitable if done right and done right the first time. Call backs will kill your profits.

  8. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    If you work it just right, you can do this job with a single day equipment rental. I would think you could do a lot that size, with the equipment you mentioned, one helper all in one day. Your day rate + all costs is the way I would price this job. If I could put $1200.00 in my pocket in a day....I'm happy.:)

    M RASCOE&SONS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    i would go by the hour and my hourly fee for me my machine and helper is $150 per hr with a 5 hr minimum,plus material...i would also get the math perfect on your materials because i came up with alot more using basic figures 13,400 sq ft by 2 inches = 82 yds/ and if you were just top dressing 1 inch it would be 41 yds so before you buy anything make sure math is good.good luck
  10. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    around here we charge about 5-6 sq/f so that would be about 800
    and 55yds of top soil is what 6 tandom loads at 250 a pop os 1500 there
    and not familiar with that type of straw but add 250 there
    and add 600 for spreading the topsoil 50/per/hour or load
    labor 100
    so that brings it to 3250
    and you would only spend 2000
    profit 1250

    and me and one helper could knock this out before 3 o'clock

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