Help!!! Need to lay sod

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jocko1104, Sep 24, 2002.

  1. jocko1104

    jocko1104 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    I have a customer that wants me to lay sod (st augustine) in his back yard (800+ sq ft). The deal is he has johnson grass the size of corn!! throughout most of the yard as well as a sprinkler system instaled.

    How do I go about prepping this area and what would be a ballpark figure.

    My first install so any info would be helpfull. I would not be insulted even for basic info.
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    This is site unseen, but I'll give a shot at it.

    Cut down and/or spray out Johnson grass. Have the customer mark the sprinkler heads, valves, etc for you. Then till the area. Throw sod and then lightly roll area.

    Are you sure about square feet? Mighty small area for a sprinkler system.

    Usually sod installations for us is about 2.5x's material cost. Till and other major prep work would be extra.
  3. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    why use a tiller . scalp mow as close as possible , spray the whole thing with round up . rent a sod cutter remove old now dead stuff install new .
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    wait a minute, his johnson is the size of corn?
  5. Hooooooold on his "weed' is the size of corn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You could either use Round-Up or MSMA, but you "WILL" have to wait the whole 2 weeks or more to do any other work on the lawns if you spray it.

    I suggest scalping it with a mower first, mark sprinkler heads, till, or aerate the heck out of it, apply starter fert, then lay sod. This could all be done in less than 1 day.

    And don't forget to have him water/soak it daily for 1 week, then a good soaker religously.

    Reappply starter fert 2.5 to 3 weeks later at half rate.

    Hit it with the correct blend of fert with a slow realease scu 30 days from 2nd app of starter.

    Put all this in your bid, and point it out when you submit it.

    Double your sod price.
    1 hour at your hourly rate for scapling and cleaning up debris.
    1/4 hour at your price for marking heads.
    1.25 hours for tilling/ aerating the hll out of it. it will take that long.
    $36 for starter app or your 1 bag price
    $36 for starter app (even though at half rate)
    $36 for last app or your regular applicatin price.

    HaryD why spray with round up if you remove it?
  6. vango123

    vango123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    How about a soil test, amend your soil according to test, till in lime , potash. no fertilizer, lay sod, water lightly the first week , then 1/2 in per week. Do nothing to it the first year, then start a lawn program the next pre merge. It would probably be to much work tilling in the lime and potash. I need a 140lbs/1000 and would have to till deep to get it mixed in. If you was doing your own yard it would be worth the extra work of tilling 5in down. you could have a perfect ph 6.9 , then grow some grass.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I think the sod job has been done by now.
  8. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    It's been a year and a half now, wonder how it turned out?? What did he finally charge the client?? Guess we'll never know......BWAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!<a href='' target='_blank'><img src='' border=0></a>

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