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how must compost will i need?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by BS1190, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. BS1190

    BS1190 LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 168

    I am going to core areate my lawn, throw down some compost on the top and overseed. I'm trying to figure out how much compost I will need. I have about 3000 sq ft of lawn.

  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    You should be able to use up a pick-up truck load, on that much area.
    If buying it in bags, I wouldn't go much less than 20.

    Don't move it into piles, if you got one person to push the wheelbarrow for you, while you empty it by hand.
  3. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    If you are doing it with a shovel its hard to put down any less than 1 yard per 1000, if you are using a spreader made for the job you can get stretch 1 yard to 1500 sq ft
    expect 1/4 to 1/2 inch coverage at that rate

    make sure it is good finished compost, it should not smell bad or be warm 2 signs of unfinished compost
  4. sailfish17877

    sailfish17877 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    do they make a special spreader to do this or are you talking about a topdresser?

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