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Lawn renovation question - new lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Eaton_mtl, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Eaton_mtl

    Eaton_mtl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I need to lay sod at some client house and I am wondering If I have all the right step figured out well.

    It is a small lawn and the soil is really hard

    1. I will remove any old lawn with a sod cutter or a shovel depending on the area.

    2. I will remove any big debris and rocks from the surface , I might also remove some of the soil already there.

    3. I will use a tiller and till the whole surface. Here comes my first question, for a tiller is a unit like the echo st210 or a stilh MM55 are good choice, remember i mostly do small lawn for and it is not tha biggest part of my business for now so a unit that can do the job for a few year and small area will be fine. If those units are not good enough i can rent one for now.
    I can justify spending 400-700 $ but not 1000 + $.

    3. After tilling I will had new topsoil but I am cluless on what to had. Should I just use Compost, a compost and black hearth mix or simply a regular gardening mix :confused:

    4. then I will till again and equalize the soil with an empty grass roller

    5. add fertilizer

    6 lay the new sod and make a pass with a full grass roller

    7 Tadam!!!! add water and wait for it to grow

    Anyways , what do you guys think of that plan , if you have any suggestion they are more then welcome. I am only starting now to do full lawn renovation and I want to make sure I do everything the right way

    Thanks alot I will let you know how it goes

  2. Eaton_mtl

    Eaton_mtl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    anyone know an answer
    thanks alot in advance
  3. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    Regular top soil will be fine.

    Sounds like a plan.

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